Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Cycling at Herne Hill

Cycling at Herne Hill  - photograph

CYCLING AT HERNE HILL.

The London County Cycling and Athletic Club owns the unusually picturesque grounds at Herne Hill, which boast one of the finest cycling tracks in the country. It is made of wood battens with slight interstices, and is banked up to nine feet, three and a half laps equalling a mile. Our view, taken at an early hour before the admission of the public, shows a twenty-four hours' race in progress. The riders are just reaching the level in front of the Grand Stand, and it may be noticed that they are being paced by a triplet. The inside track is of cinders, and is a quarter of a mile in extant on the grass in the centre lawn tennis is played. The surrounding trees almost completely shelter the grounds from the wind - a great desideratum, of course.

Herne Hill Velodrome

source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896