Page:The Cycle Industry (1921).djvu/117

From Wikisource
Jump to navigation Jump to search
This page has been validated.
103
PIONEER RIDES

during part of the time by pacemakers on bicycles. Moreover, his manager and friends went from one stopping place to another by train, in advance of the cyclist, to make arrangements for his reception. Practically everywhere along the route this French rider was met by groups of cyclists who escorted him from point to point and showed him the best route to take

The Cycle Industry (1921) p117.jpg

Fig. 25
A MODERN LADIES' DROPPED FRAME SAFETY BICYCLE, BUILT BY RUDGE-WHITWORTH, LTD.


to avoid steep hills and thick traffic. In Russia he had rather a sorry time on some of the vilest roads, or apologies for them, that are the only means of transit from town to town when once the rider is away from the precincts of Petrograd.

This cross Continental journey was more in the nature of a record performance than Jefferson’s ride to Constantinople, because Terront, on his Rudge, was out to do the distance against time. He set himself the task