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Cycling at Lancaster Park, 1896

Cycling at Lancaster Park, 1896

The starter fires his pistol to set the competitors off in the New Zealand 10-mile (16-kilometre) cycling championship at Lancaster Park in January 1896. Like the other major grounds in New Zealand, Lancaster Park, in Christchurch, was initiated by cricketers – three Christchurch players purchased the land in 1880. However, from 1881 the ground had a cinder track to allow athletics and cycling to take place, and cycling races were frequently held there.

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Jock Phillips, 'Sports venues - The first city sports grounds, 1850 to 1914', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013