The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s: 168

I intended to add a note to the extract from the Liverpool CCC report in the last edition – but forgot. The “Comrade Liebknecht” who was mentioned as having visited and told of the popularity of cycling in Germany would, almost certainly, have been Wilhelm Liebknecht (1826-1900) one of the founders, together with August Bebel, of the SPD – the German Social-Democratic Party. Just possibly it could have been his son Karl (1891-1919) who was murdered by paramilitary thugs after the First World War, together with Rosa Luxemburg. But according to his Wikipedia entry he didn’t join the SPD until 1900 so Wilhelm is the best bet for this 1896 report.

From the Bolton CCC report from 27 June 1896

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I haven’t quite perfected my copying technique. As you will deduce it was the finest Irish round tower at the Seven Churches and Kelley’s Ford on the third day.

Next time – Blatchford’s (not entirely serious) advice for “cautious riders.”

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