On the subject of an intercollegiate cycling association, Harvard has not been behind other colleges. Ever since the intercollegiate games of last spring where in the eight preliminary heats of the bicycle race there was a smashup in every heat, the Cycling Association officers have been considering the advisability of taking the initiative in a movement for an intercollegiate cycling association.
After discussion it was decided to make such a movement if the approval of the Athletic Committee could be secured. Accordingly the subject was referred a month ago to this committee for their consideration.
The result has been a disappointment. The committee considers the movement at present premature.
As a substitute for this, however, the Cycling Association intends to hold next spring an invitation cycling meet, the competitors being confined entirely to college men. This is the first time such an event has been proposed or undertaken, but the Cycling Association hope, if the college gives them some support, to make it a success. The approval of the Athletic Committee has been received for this scheme, but with the condition that the association pay its own expenses. The success of the event then will largely depend on the contributions of the college. This meet will be held on the new bicycle track now in construction at Cambridgeport if it is finished in time. By using this track, which is specially built for bicycle racing, the large number of accidents which has always occurred at bicycle races at New York and even at this college, it is hoped will be avoided.
This meet, it is hoped, being open only to college men and scratch races, will awake the enthusiasm which has been lacking in meets where semi-professionals competed. By next spring the Cycling Association hopes to have a team of bicycle riders which will do credit to Harvard on the track.