The Original New Orleans Bicycle Club
The original New Orleans Bicycle Club was established in the 1880's, and even built it's own clubhouse at the corner of Barrone and Gen. Taylor, just off St. Charles Avenue. The building was a warehouse for Martin Wine Cellar until Katrina in 2005, but he commerative plaque in the sidewalk is still there at the corner.
The sheet music to the left was published around the turn of the century, and carries a dedication to the New Orleans Bicycle Club. Another local bicycle club was called the Louisiana Cycling Club, which held a 100 mile race on St. Charles Avenue on October 19, 1890. The event merited a long article in the local newspaper (see below).
The Great Race
The road race of last week provided us such great interest to all concerned that immediate steps were taken to hold a long-distance run, which resulted in a 100-mile race by members of the Louisiana Cycling Club, which took place on upper St. Charles Avenue yesterday.
The prizes offered were five in number - a handsome gold and silver medal offered by Cefenner; an oxydized silver medal given by Messrs, Gormully and Jeffery of Chicago and 3 handsome scarf pins. The points for 25, 50, 75, and 100 miles had been established and promptly at 7:30 a.m. the start was made in the presence of quite a crowd of interested wheelmen. [Read More...]