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1887 - Newcastle - 5 to 10 December

FormatSixDay48Race Format: individual riders racing over 6 successive days; each day limited to 8 hours. Additional 5, 10 and 15 mile races were held during the main race.

Press Cuttings from 19th Century Newspapers

SIX DAYS’ CONTEST AT NEWCASTLE
Aberdeen Journal (Scotland) Tuesday 6-Dec-1887

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THE CONTEST AT NEWCASTLE
Aberdeen Journal (Scotland) Wednesday 7-Dec-1887

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THE SIX DAYS’ CONTEST AT NEWCASTLE
Aberdeen Journal (Scotland) Thursday 8-Dec-1887

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THE SIX DAYS’ BICYCLE CONTEST IN NEWCASTLE
York Herald (England) Monday 12-Dec-1887

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THE SIX DAYS’ CONTEST AT NEWCASTLE - ABERDEEN MAN BEATEN
Aberdeen Journal (Scotland) Monday 12-Dec-1887

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Results of the Great Six-Days Race in Newcastle, England
Sporting Life (USA) 4-Jan-1888

Particulars have come to hand of the six-days bicycle tournament, at Newcastle, England, which was concluded Dec. 10. The contest was wonderfully close throughout the week, and the last day the greatest excitement prevailed, as the race had narrowed down to a neck-and-neck contest between Battensby, of Blyth, and Young, of Glasgow. All day long the men kept close to each other, leading alternately, and at five minutes past ten the track was cleared so that the two leading men might have a chance of fighting out alone the battle for first position.
Battcnsby was then a lap ahead, and this lead, slight as it was, the Scotchman could not overcome, despite almost superhuman efforts. The final scores were;
Thomas Battensby, Blyth............... 792 ...... 3 ...... 1
James Young, Glasgow.................. 792 ...... 2 ..... 2
Charles Terront, Bayonne............. 761 ...... 3 ...... 3
William Parkes, Wallsend............. 637 ...... 4 ...... 4
J. W. Lamb, Newcastle................. 677 ...... 1 ...... 0
H. Symington, Seghill.................. 600 ...... 6 ...... 0

During the six-days' race a couple of the other events were brought off, of which we append particulars:
Ten mile race R. Temple, 1st; R. H. English, 2nd.
At 7:25 English and Temple entered the track for a 10 mile contest, the Yankee showing the way for half a mile, but was at that point headed by the Tyne-sider who made the running nearly a mile. The men alternately took up first position until entering the tenth mile when English went to the front and made a hot pace until a lap from home. Then Temple spurted, and, getting to the fore, won, after a desperate race, by half a length.
Five mile race W. Wood, 1st; R. Howell, 2nd.
At 18 minutes after 8 Howell and W. Wood were sent away on a five mile contest. Directly after the start the champion went to the front and led for a mile and a half. The North Shields representative then took first place. When two miles five laps were registered Howell took the lead, but was dispossessed of first place by Wood a mile further on. Three-quarters of a mile from the finish Howell took up the pace-making, but in the last lap Wood put in a great spurt and won by a foot.

BICYCLING AT NEWCASTLE
Penny Illustrated Paper (London, England) Saturday, 17-Dec-1887

“A six-days’ bicycle race of eight hours a day, at the Drill Hall, Newcastle, was brought to a close on Saturday last with the following result:”

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Thomas BATTENSBY

792 miles

3 laps

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James YOUNG

792 miles

2 laps

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Charles TERRONT

764 miles

3 laps

4

William (J?) PARKES

687 miles

4 laps

5

J W LAMB

677 miles

1 lap

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J / H SYMINGTON

600 miles

6 laps

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