Middlesbrough - West Hartlepool
Grange Road : TS26 8JL
The track at West Hartlepool was known as Hill's bicycle track. The Middlesbrough Daily Gazette of the 20th August 1883 reported that "A series of sports came off on Saturday last on the West Hartlepool bicycle track in which GW Waller (long distance champion) and JW Lamb (short distance champion) came together," After some amateur races the principal feature was a ten miles race between Waller and Lamb for prizes £15 first and £5 second. In a closely fought race, Waller won by a yard in 32 minutes.

Waller was at this time putting on 6 day races with his portable track, and in October 1883 the marquee and track were erected in Albert Road Middlesbrough.

The Whitsun 1884 meeting of West Hartlepool Bicycle Club was held at the Hart Road Grounds. The cycle races were spread over two days.

The Middlesbrough Daily Gazette carried an advert for the "Grand opening of the West Hartlepool Athletic Club's Bicycle track, Saturday April 5th and Easter Monday (1890)." Also in 1890 there was a 10 miles match race for £5 a side between J Flanagan of Wallsend and W Taylor of West Hartlepool,

Lottie Stanley** the champion American woman track rider was advertised to ride at West Hartlepool on September 27th in a three event contest against W Taylor of Hartlepool for £5 a-side. It was reported that she won one of the three races.

A 6 hour team contest was held at Hill's Cycling Ground on the 23rd July 1892 organised by the Hartlepool Social Cycling Club. The track was 4 laps to the mile and all competitors used pneumatics.

** In September 1889 five of the star American women cyclists toured Britain for four months, the women were Louise Armaindo, Lottie Stanley, Jessie Woods, May Allen and Lillie Williams. Women racing on high bicycles was a novelty in England but fairly commonplace in America. The women returned to America in January 1890, except Lottie Stanley, who toured Britain by herself for six months from May 1890 and appeared in exhibition and handicap races against men.

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