Montreal Bicycle Club Scrapbook
THE M.B.C. ROAD RACE TO VALOIS
The Montreal Bicycle Club's annual handicap road race to Valois took place on Saturday afternoon. The weather was perfect, and the road in fair condition. Great interest was evinced in the contest and a large number of cyclists and their friends left the city to witness the finish. The non-competing members of the club left the club house at 3 p.m. and rode out ahead, reaching Valois in time to see the close of the race. The following competitors started at 4:30 p.m. handicapped as under: W.D. Bohm and J.H. Robertson scratch; H.M. Ramsay, 2 min; Geo Darling, 3 min; C. Pollock, 6 min; and A.T. Lane (tricycle), 11 min. The men keep pretty well together until half the distance was covered, when Bohm and Robertson drew ahead and kept a good lead on the others till the winning post was reached. The finish between the two was remarkably close and exciting. In the village of Valois Bohm led Robertson by about 25 yards, but the later put on a magnificent spurt just as they neared the goal, only to lose the race by 2 seconds. Bohm's time was 1 hr 5 m 25s. The race is considered a very creditable one, as the course , as is well known, is very arduous and uneven. Robertson especially deserves credit for his performance, as he is a comparatively young man while Bohm is an English rider of repute.
Pollock came third in 1 14m, Lane 4th, Darling 5th and Ramsay 5th. The later had a "header" on the way, which probably counts for his position.
The visitors were most hospitably treated by the residents of Valois, who had a magnificent spread prepared for them in the boat-house, which was very tastefully decorated with banners and illuminated for the occasion. Two hundred guests sat down to supper and the number was considerably augmented later on the evening by the arrival of the 6:20 train from the city and the summer residents of Lachine, Point Claire, &c. The boat-house syndicate were indefatigable in their exertions to contribute to the enjoyment of their guests, and is needless to say that their efforts were crowned by complete success. Dancing was kept up till about 11 p.m. when the city people left for home, highly delighted with their visit to this charming summer resort. The prizes were awarded to the successful contestants, during a pause in the dancing, by Mrs Ewing, Mrs Swift, Mrs Thom, Mrs. Wiseman of Valois. Bohm receives a special gold medal for breaking the record, in addition to his prize for first place.
Grand Parade 1 July 1886 (from MBC minute book)
From MBC Minute Book 27 May 1886.
SATURDAY June 5 3:00 p.m. To attend M.A.A.A. Spring Games
7:15 p.m. Lachine (lamps)
MONDAY June 7 6 a.m. Mt Royal Park
TUESDAY June 8 7:30 p.m. Athletic Club House
WEDNESDAY June 9 7:30 p.m. Over route of C.W.A. parade (lamp)
FRIDAY June 11 6:00 a.m. Mt Royal Park, returning via Protestant Cemetary
130 1 H. JOYCE Capt.
Fixtures from MBC Minute Book 17 June 1886 (below)
Canadian Wheelman June 1886
Canadian Wheelman July 1886
Canadian Wheelman July 1886
Canadian Wheelman August 1886