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  1. This is the story of the International Velo Federation (IVF). In this thread you will be able to follow from the very beginnings the history of how the IVF came to be and each and every event thereafter. In keeping with this being a thread on a design website the story is going to feature many logo, uniforms, and even stadium designs and changes. I welcome comments, opinions, and questions. Also, in keeping with this being a design website I will try my best to discuss what I was thinking as I created the designs you will see. As for the sport itself, Velo is a made-up bicycle racing game. The basic synopsis is this. Games are played in 3-5 races that are called sets. In a set each team has 3 riders competing, so altogether between the two competing teams 6 riders are on the track (Velodrome) per set. Only one team can score in a set. A point is scored by each rider who finishes before the first finisher on the losing team. So, in a given set the most a team can score is 3 points. If you sit and consider how this will work, that is why game lengths range from 3-5 sets. If by the third sets completion one team has 7 and the other had 0, the last two sets are not needed to be played because only 6 possible points remain on the board. Even if the trailing team got them all the final score would be 7-6 and they would still lose. This may become clearer as this thread plays out. I am going to post a detailed game sheet for every game ever played. Again, I welcome questions. They will help to clarify as this goes on. On a team’s roster there are 6 riders and a coach. A team may also have 1 or 2 assistant coaches. The players are listed on a roster by position; Leadoff (this is also the captain and most often fastest rider on the team), Middle, Cleanup, First Option, Second Option, and Third Option. The first three (Leadoff, Middle, and Cleanup) make up a team’s line or starters. They will be the players to race in the first set of games. The other three positions make up the bench or options. These are the players that may be rotated in for the later sets. At least one bench player will see action in the game because rules dictate that at least one change in lineup must be made one set to another and no rider may be in more then three consecutive sets of a game. There are exceptions to the rules laid out in this paragraph but as to not congest this initial post to much those can be explained in due time or through your encouraged questions. So, to begin allow me to give the quick back story set up and then end for tonight with the first logos and uniforms.
  2. Monday, February 16 – Aberdeen, Scotland Seosaid Perkins held a conference today to make a very big announcement. The first part of the announcement is that after just two years the Aberdeen Academy will be closing. That is not however because it failed in its mission to develop talent for the league. It is closing because a whole new development organization and system is being created to replace it. That organization will be called the International Velo Federation (IVF). Below you can see the logo for the organization. The IVF will become the governing body for amateur international velo talent development. Seosaidh Perkins will head the organization as commissioner. In the inaugural year, 1886, there will be six-member nations; Australia, Canada, German Empire, Great Britain, Ireland, and the United States of America. Each nation will have a team. They will compete on for the Cycle Cup. The Cycle Cup will be awarded every three years. The championship game to earn the Cycle Cup will be the Cycle Cup Match. Each three-year period will be called a cycle. In the first two years of the cycle teams will play one another on a predetermined schedule. The results of those games and standings from them will formulate a bracket tournament placement in the third year that will lead to the Cycle Cup Match. These teams will be amateur riders. At the end of every year some of them may be drafted into the pro leagues. Unveiled at the conference as well were the logos and uniforms for the inaugural season of the IVF.
  3. Saturday, February 14 – RVA London Athletic – 4&0 Crystal Palace Sparrows – 4&1 Brighton Beach – 2&2 Coventry C.C. – 1&4 Erfurt V.T. – 0&4 NYVL Fordham C.C. – 1&0 Saratoga Jockeys – 1&0 Jersey P.C. – 0&1 New York Jumbos – 0&1
  4. Saturday, February 7 – RVA London Athletic – 4&0 Crystal Palace Sparrows – 3&1 Brighton Beach – 2&2 Coventry C.C. – 1&4 Erfurt V.T. – 0&4
  5. Saturday, January 31 – RVA London Athletic – 3&0 Crystal Palace Sparrows – 3&0 Brighton Beach – 1&2 Coventry C.C. – 1&3 Erfurt V.T. – 0&3
  6. Monday, January 26 – London, England In a rather early announcement the Crystal Palace Sparrows unveil new uniforms that they will begin wearing in the 1886 season. They become the first team to feature a home and away set. The away set is not new at all it is the current uniform they are wearing. The home set is the same design with the jersey just having reversed colors and the pants being a dark gray.
  7. Saturday, January 24 – RVA Crystal Palace Sparrows – 3&0 London Athletic – 2&0 Coventry C.C. – 2&1 Brighton Beach – 0&2 Erfurt V.T. – 0&2
  8. Saturday, January 17 – RVA Crystal Palace Sparrows – 2&0 London Athletic – 1&0 Coventry C.C. – 1&1 Brighton Beach – 0&1 Erfurt V.T. – 0&2
  9. Saturday, January 10 – RVA London Athletic – 1&0 Crystal Palace Sparrows – 1&0 Coventry C.C. – 1&1 Brighton Beach – 0&1 Erfurt V.T. – 0&1
  10. Saturday, January 3 – RVA Crystal Palace Sparrows – 1&0 Brighton Beach – 0&0 London Athletic – 0&0 Erfurt V.T. – 0&0 Coventry C.C. – 0&1
  11. Wednesday, July 9 – Manhattan, New York The New York Jumbos have their signing day. They only have one open roster spot (Third Option) and they have decided to take a rider at the first draft out of Aberdeen Academy to fill that spot. Thursday, July 10 – Saratoga Springs, New York Today, on their signing day, the Saratoga Jockeys got their man. They were able to sign on Cleve Woods. Woods will be their Leadoff and with him really the NYVL is for the taking. Any one of the four teams in the league could win it this year. Friday, July 11 – Freehold Borough, New Jersey Jersey P.C. has a complete roster, so they have no use for their signing day today. Monday, July 14 – Bronx, New York Fordham C.C. holds their signing day. They brought in Dylan Regan, formerly with Coventry. They still have one other open roster spot (Third Option) that they will likely fill at the first draft. Tuesday, July 15 – Coventry, England Today was an eventful day for Coventry on their signing day. In the morning the set out to try and lure Cat Christophers to sign with them instead of London Athletic. Christophers would not budge. When that plan fell apart the decided they will draft a player to fill their Middle position. As for their Second Option position, they meet with both Leo Hayden and Larrie Kelsey. In the end they offered Hayden the contract and he accepted. Wednesday, July 16 – London, England Signing day for the new look Crystal Palace Sparrows. Gareth O’hAnnagain wants to try his luck at leading a franchise. So, he signed today with the Crystal Palace Sparrows to be their Leadoff. The team still has an opening at Third Option. They intend to fill it at the draft. Thursday, July 17 – London, England London Athletic held their signing day today and they made official their letter of intent that they had signed with Cat Christophers. With his signing London has a full roster. Friday, July 18 – Brighton, England Last signing day belongs to Brighton Beach. They have one open roster spot at Second Option. They have decided to fill it at the draft as opposed to signing any free agents. Saturday, July 19 – London, England Today is declared last call. If no one signs a free agent by midnight the offseason will move into the next phase of preparing for the draft. Monday, July 21 – Manhattan, New York The former head coach of Crystal Palace Sparrows signed on as an assistant coach with the New York Jumbos today. He will now work under the direction of his former rival Rearden Lane. Another person who became an assistant with this team today was Larrie Kelsey. He is a former rider with the team who did not find anyone willing to sign him in free agency. Coventry, England Having not signed on with another team in free agency Wiley Nichols signed with his former team, Coventry C.C., today as an assistant coach. Tuesday, July 22 – Aberdeen, Scotland The first draft out of the Aberdeen Academy will be held on Monday, August 11 in Aberdeen. The draft order is as follows #1 Pick – Erfurt V.T. #2 Pick – New York Jumbos #3 Pick – Fordham C.C. #4 Pick – Coventry C.C. #5 Pick – Crystal Palace Sparrows #6 Pick – Brighton Beach #7 Pick – Erfurt V.T. #8 Pick – Erfurt V.T. The riders who have signed contracts to accept the terms of the draft and therefore are eligible to be drafted are: Declan Colquhoun Meirion Good Aidan Hambledon Garnet Hull Jocky Hunter Roland Kingston Callahan Lacy Fife MacCarthy Shelby Mottershead Raghnall Stark Monday, August 11 – Aberdeen, Scotland The first ever draft is held. The picks go as follows: #1 – Roland Kingston – to Erfurt V.T. #2 – Garnet Hull – to New York Jumbos #3 – Raghnall Stark – to Fordham C.C. #4 – Shelby Mottershead – to Coventry C.C. #5 – Meirion Good – to Crystal Palace Sparrows #6 – Declan Colquhoun – to Brighton Beach #7 – Callahan Lacy – to Erfurt V.T. #8 – Aidan Hambledon – to Erfurt V.T. The riders who entered but were not selected were Jocky Hunter and Fife MacCarthy. The leagues also used this time to unveil the logos for the coming Title Match, Title Match of New York, and World Match.
  12. Monday, June 2 – Brighton, England Wasting no time as the new off season begins, George Lacy Hillier meet today with the owner of Brighton Beach, Samuel Laing. The meeting was hostile. Hillier told Laing that Brighton’s dominance is no good for the sport. He ordered Laing to break apart Brighton at their cut day by either releasing Gareth O’hAnnagain to free agency or by trading either Sullivan Kingston or Padrig Paterson. Tuesday, June 3 – Brighton, England Following yesterday’s hostile meeting Samuel Laing meet today with his coach Rearden Lane to discuss their plan of action going forward. Thursday, June 12 – London, England The RVA wants to start cut days soon so they asked Laing for a commitment to do as they ordered. Instead Laing came to the league offices today and meet again with George Lacy Hillier. He laid out for Hillier his terms should he break apart his mighty team. Laing wants more control in the league for the owners. He wants the league to be governed going forward by a board made up of at least one owner from each team, if a team is owned by a group then one who is deemed the controlling owner of that team will sit on the board. The board will hire a league commissioner. The commissioner is to carry out their will for the league. The board will be headed by a chairman. The chairman will be elected by the board from amongst its own members. That chairman will retain their position as such until they either are no longer on the board (i.e. death, sale their team, amongst various other reasons), or the board losses confidence in them and votes them out of that position with a vote of no confidence by a simple majority. Laing wants this to take effect for the next season and purposes that he be made the initial Chairman of the Board and he is willing to also name Hillier as the first Commissioner. Stunningly Hillier agreed to these terms. Monday, June 23 – Brighton, England Cut day for Brighton Beach. It is also the day they must break their mighty team apart. Before they could even begin some stunners came down. First, Coach Rearden Lane announced he was leaving the team as well. He has been offered the job to Coach the New York Jumbos. Yes, the New York Jumbos. He put his name into free agency and signed a letter of intent with the Jumbos. Then it was revealed that to break up the mighty team they have traded Padrig Paterson to none other then the New York Jumbos. In exchange Brighton gets the poor performing Edison Hennessy. Things did not end there however. Gareth O’hAnnagain informed the team that he too would be going to free agency. Upon hitting the open market, he signed a letter of intent with the Crystal Palace Sparrows. Brighton assistant coach Andrus Ainsworth has been rumored to be the leading candidate to coach the Sparrows next season. With O’hAnnagain going to free agency Brighton looked to resign their other pending free agent Ike Lewis. They did. Nicky Christophers was moved up to Middle, Ike Lewis was moved up to Cleanup, Russ Garner was moved up to First Option, and Edison Hennessy was assigned to Third Option. The Second Option and Head Coach positions remain open. Tuesday, June 24 – London, England London Athletic has their cut day and it is not nearly as exciting as Brighton’s yesterday. Wesley Moore was brought back as the team’s head coach. Cecil Dick and Ffransis McNeill were the pending free agents. The team resigned Dick and released McNeill to free agency. Yale Foster was moved down on the roster to the Third Option position. The Second Option position was left open. The team says they hope to get a player about the caliber of Graeme Radclyffe in free agency. However, they fear that with O’hAnnagain coming to sign with Crystal Palace, Radclyffe will resign with the team as well. London, England In other news the RVA released their schedule for 1885. Due to the extended length of it created by the addition of the expansion team in Erfurt, the start date has been moved back to January 3. The league is somewhat concerned about the outdoor venues in the wintertime. ---January 3--- Crystal Palace Sparrows @ Coventry C.C. ---January 10--- Brighton Beach @ London Athletic Coventry C.C. @ Erfurt ---January 17--- Erfurt @ Crystal Palace Sparrows ---January 24--- Brighton Beach @ Crystal Palace Sparrows London Athletic @ Coventry C.C. ---January 31--- Brighton Beach @ Coventry C.C. London Athletic @ Erfurt ---February 7--- Erfurt @ Brighton Beach Crystal Palace Sparrows @ London Athletic ---February 14--- Coventry C.C. @ Crystal Palace Sparrows ---February 21--- London Athletic @ Brighton Beach Erfurt @ Coventry C.C. ---February 28--- Crystal Palace Sparrows @ Erfurt ---March 7--- Crystal Palace Sparrows @ Brighton Beach Coventry C.C. @ London Athletic ---March 14--- Coventry C.C. @ Brighton Beach Erfurt @ London Athletic ---March 21--- Brighton Beach @ Erfurt London Athletic @ Crystal Palace Sparrows ---March 28--- Title Match 5 at: Preston Park Velodrome in: Brighton, England ---April 11--- World Match 2 at: Preston Park Velodrome in: Brighton, England Wednesday, June 25 – London, England Cut day for the Crystal Palace Sparrows and its basically a whole new team. Gone is owner George Meredith. He sold the team and today the new ownership group lead by James Henry Greatland took over control. Their first act was to dismiss Goraidh Kimball as head coach. They then proceeded to let both pending free agents also go. Those players were Todd Perkins and Ivor Johnson. Ike Herbertson was moved down to the Middle position, Graeme Radclyffe was moved down to the Cleanup position, Alwyn Attaway was moved up to the First Option position, and Ewart McAfee was moved down to the Second Option position. The third option position was left open. The Leadoff position was also left open it is expected to be filled by Gareth O’hAnnagain who has a letter of intent signed with the Sparrows. Thursday, June 26 – Coventry, England Coventry C.C. holds their cut day. Gethin Beake is returning as the head coach. The pending free agents he had to deal with were Dylan Regan and Wiley Nichols. The team knew they were going to release Nichols to free agency. They informed him of this early in the morning. Dylan Regan however was another subject. Regan of course came to Coventry in the first offseason. He was essentially the first major free agency move. However, his signing was early on seen as unnecessary and started the sequence of events that lead to the departure of coach Seosaidh Perkins and rider Urien Judd. Team owner John Kemp Starley was said to have never liked Regan. He wanted Coach Gething Beake to release Regan to free agency. Coach Beake however attempted to talk Starley out of it. He believed Regan was not a long-term solution to the teams needs but he could serve a purpose this year. Beake suggested that they sign Regan and then try and trade him next offseason. Starley considered it. By late afternoon when no decision had come his way Regan informed the team he was going to make the choice for them. He decided to declare himself a free agent. He said ultimately if the team had to think that long about it they really didn’t want him, and he didn’t want to be a part of something like that. Marc MacCionaodha was moved up to Leadoff, Donal Munro was moved down to Cleanup, Ed Lincoln was moved down to First Option, and Grigor O’Dubhghaill was moved down to Third Option. Friday, June 27 – Bronx, New York Cut day for Fordham C.C. Leary Abrahams remains the coach. He had free agents Cleve Woods and Leo Hayden to deal with. The team knew they were going to let Hayden go to free agency. What caught them off guard however was that Cleve Woods decided to make himself a free agent as well. Usually when top level free agents like him become available they already have a team to go to in mind and they sign a letter of intent with that team as soon as they become free agents. This was not the case for Woods. He told reporters that he will either sign with Saratoga or Erfurt. With his departure no team has more then a single top speed rider. In the past years Brighton and Fordham have been stacked so deep in comparison to their competition that it was almost a given from the start that they would win the championships. This coming year however things look like all but one team (who ever does not get Cleve Woods) will be competitive for the championship. With Woods departure some changes were made to Fordham’s depth chart. Urien Judd was moved up to Middle and Trace Buchanan was moved up to Cleanup. Manhattan, New York The New York Velo League released their schedule for 1885: ---February 14--- Fordham C.C. @ Jersey P.C. Saratoga Jockeys @ New York Jumbos ---February 21--- New York Jumbos @ Fordham C.C. Jersey P.C. @ Saratoga Jockeys ---February 28--- Jersey P.C. @ New York Jumbos Fordham C.C. @ Saratoga Jockeys ---March 7--- Jersey P.C. @ Fordham C.C. New York Jumbos @ Saratoga Jockeys ---Mach 14--- Fordham C.C. @ New York Jumbos Saratoga Jockeys @ Jersey P.C. ---March 21--- New York Jumbos @ Jersey P.C. Saratoga Jockeys @ Fordham C.C. ---March 28--- Title Match of New York III at: Jerome Park Racetrack in: Bronx, New York ---April 11--- World Match 2 at: Preston Park Velodrome in: Brighton, England Monday, June 30 – Freehold Borough, New Jersey Cut day for the Jersey P.C. All riders are coming back with very little adjustment to the roster. In order to do this the team let Coach Heddwyn O’Sirideain go. The move is troubling to O’Sirideain. The coach started his career with London Athletic and found little success there. He was hired by the NYVL to coach the Jersey P.C. before that team even had an owner. In that time, he discovered star rider Zeph Jack and built Jersey into a true contender. He felt he had resurrected his career here, but the new ownership has decided they want to find a coach who is their choosing. The move also allowed the ownership to resign both free agents Greg Revie and Donny Neville. Neville was moved up to the Cleanup position, Berry O’Meadhra was moved up to the First Option position, and Forbes Ellery was moved down to the First Option position. The team did have some brief talks with the Saratoga Jockeys about a possible trade of Berry O’Meadhra, but nothing came of those talks. Tuesday, July 1 – Saratoga Springs, New York Cut day for the Saratoga Jockeys. Coach Clancy Bloxam was brought back but he was tasked with two things keeping Cat Christophers on the team and getting Cleve Woods to commit to coming to Saratoga. Neither happened. Christophers and Amhlaidh Mathewson were the pending free agents. The team wanted to resign Christophers and let Mathewson go to make room for the coming of Cleve Woods but if Christophers would not resign then they wanted to retain Mathewson. So, most of the morning was talks with Christophers. Trouble was they were not the only ones talking to him. London Athletic had sent Coach Wesley Moore to New York to try and convince him to come join their team. Christophers considered both and then decided he was going to become a free agent. Upon hitting the market, he signed a letter of intent with London Athletic. Had he stayed many felt a starting lineup of him, Cleve Woods, and Shelly Salmon could have been a championship contender. Once he had formally left the team negotiated with and resigned Amhlaidh Mathewson. They then proceeded to try and convince Cleve Woods to sign a letter of intent with them. He would not say he is going to keep his options of either Saratoga or Erfurt intact. The Saratoga Jockeys however decided to move ahead as if he is coming. For that reason, they moved Shelley Salmon down to the Middle position to leave the Leadoff position open in anticipation of Cleve Woods arrival. Wednesday, July 2 – Manhattan, New York Cut day for the New York Jumbos. First order of business for owner P.T. Barnum was to inform Coach Tearlach Thorburn he would not be asked to return. The move was no surprise to anyone. What did surprise folks was that as soon as he became a free agent, Coach Thorburn signed a letter of intent with Erfurt. The next move for the team was to welcome Padrig Paterson who they acquired in a trade with Brighton Beach. They assigned him to the Leadoff position right away. They then dealt with pending free agents Lon Kingsley and Larrie Kelsey. Kelsey was released to free agency without discussion. The team however was willing to resign Lon Kingsley and they did. Boyce Durant was moved down to the Middle Position, Grigor Rollins was moved down to the Cleanup position, Greg Dickman was moved down to the First Option position, and Lon Kinsley was moved down to the Second Option position. The Third Option Position remains open. Thursday, July 3 – Erfurt, Germany The first day of Coaching week is action packed. Tearlach Thorburn becomes the first to sign with Erfurt as he becomes their first head coach. London, England It had long been rumored that Brighton assistant coach Andrus Ainsworth was the front runner to become the next head coach of the Crystal Palace Sparrows. Today those rumors were verified as he signed on with the Sparrows. Manhattan, New York In what is not much of a surprise Rearden Lane signed as the head coach of the New York Jumbos today. Lane had had a letter of intent with them. Lane comes to a team that has never won a game, while in his career he has only 1 single loss. Can he turn this poor franchise around without damaging his own legacy? Freehold Borough, New Jersey In the biggest surprise of the night Kieron Adkins signed as the head coach of the Jersey P.C. Adkins was the first American to ride in the RVA. A native of Philadelphia he has spent the last four years with Brighton Beach, three as an assistant coach. He now comes back to the states to run the team nearest his home town. Brighton Beach had had him in mind to run their team but once again this offseason they seem to lose out. Friday, July 4 – Brighton, England Today Samuel Laing, owner of Brighton Beach, meet with two candidates for his team’s head coaching job. The first was Kieron Emmett an assistant coach with Crystal Palace Sparrows and the second was Heddwyn O’Sirideain the former head coach of Jersey P.C. Monday, July 7 – Brighton, England Today Brighton Beach officially hired Heddwyn O’Sirideain as their next head coach. Tuesday, July 8 – Erfurt, Germany Today was the first signing day, expansion signing day, for Erfurt. Before they got to that business however their owner, Carl Thieme, released the name, logo, and uniforms for the team. The team will be called the Erfurt Velo Team or Eurfurt Velo Mannschaft in German. The logo and uniforms are shown below. The logo features beech and oak leaves wrapping around two circles, one large and one small. The large circle on the bottom has the words Erfurt Velo Mannschaft inscribed across it. While the smaller circle on top features the Wheel of Mainz a symbol of Erfurt that has presence on the cities coat of arms. Beech and Oak leaves were chosen because they are trees commonly found in the woods surrounding Erfurt. As for signing day, the team signed three players; Ffransis McNeill formerly of London Athletic, Todd Perkins formerly of Crystal Palace Sparrows, and Ivor Johnson also formerly of Crystal Palace Sparrows. McNeill and Perkins were given 1-year contracts each. Johnson was given a 2-year contract. McNeill was assigned to the First Option position, Perkins was assigned to the Second Option position, and Johnson was assigned to the Third Option position.
  13. Standings: Saturday, May 10 – RVA Brighton Beach – 6&0 London Athletic – 3&3 Crystal Palace Sparrows – 2&4 Coventry C.C. – 1&5 NYVL Fordham C.C. – 6&0 Jersey P.C. – 4&2 Saratoga Jockeys – 2&4 New York Jumbos – 0&6
  14. Standings: Saturday, May 3 – RVA Brighton Beach – 5&0 London Athletic – 3&2 Crystal Palace Sparrows – 2&3 Coventry C.C. – 0&5 NYVL Fordham C.C. – 5&0 Jersey P.C. – 3&2 Saratoga Jockeys – 2&3 New York Jumbos – 0&5
  15. Monday, April 28 – London, England The first of two big stories in the RVA breaks early in the morning. It is announced that a partnership of James Henry Greathead, Peter W. Barlow, and William Henry Barlow have purchased the Crystal Palace Sparrows. Greathead will own 50% of the team and will be the controlling partner. Each Barlow brother will own the other 25%. Greathead vowed to build the team into a contender. Erfurt, Germany Perhaps the more stunning news to be announced today is that the RVA is expanding. While expansion of the league is not so shocking, the location of that expansion is unexpected to say the least. The league has granted an expansion franchise to German businessman Carl Thieme. Thieme’s hometown of Erfurt, Germany has a velodrome called Andreasried Velodrome. Thieme has secured a six-year lease for his new team to operate from that facility. The name, logo, and uniforms of the team will be presented at a later date.
  16. Standings: Saturday, April 26 – RVA Brighton Beach – 4&0 London Athletic – 2&2 Crystal Palace Sparrows – 2&2 Coventry C.C. – 0&4 NYVL Fordham C.C. – 4&0 Jersey P.C. – 2&2 Saratoga Jockeys – 2&2 New York Jumbos – 0&4
  17. Standings: Saturday, April 19 – RVA Brighton Beach – 3&0 London Athletic – 2&1 Crystal Palace Sparrows – 1&2 Coventry C.C. – 0&3 NYVL Fordham C.C. – 3&0 Jersey P.C. – 2&1 Saratoga Jockeys – 1&2 New York Jumbos – 0&3
  18. Standings: Saturday, April 12 – RVA Brighton Beach – 2&0 London Athletic – 1&1 Crystal Palace Sparrows – 1&1 Coventry C.C. – 0&2 NYVL Fordham C.C. – 2&0 Jersey P.C. – 1&1 Saratoga Jockeys – 1&1 New York Jumbos – 0&2
  19. Standings: Saturday, April 5 – RVA Brighton Beach – 1&0 Crystal Palace Sparrows – 1&0 London Athletic – 0&1 Coventry C.C. – 0&1 NYVL Fordham C.C. – 1&0 Saratoga Jockeys – 1&0 Jersey P.C. – 0&1 New York Jumbos – 0&1
  20. Monday, June 4 – Manhattan, New York George Lacy Hillier, the operator and president of the RVA, visited William Kissam Vanderbilt today. The two met to discuss how the two leagues will work together going forward in the future. They agreed to a system of operating the offseason. The two also came to terms on a world championship game to be called the World Match. World Match 1 will be played in London at Stamford Bridge but then going forward just like the Title Matches it will be hosted each year by the defending champion. Tuesday, June 5 – Brighton, England Cut day for Brighton Beach. Yet again Coach Rearden Lane will return. As for his free agents to be, Sullivan Kingston and Lennon Wardrobe, well first Fordham made a good pull to lure Kingston away. Kingston however, who is a native of nearby Hove, said he has zero intention of ever leaving his home team. Kingston resigned for 3 years. Coach Lane then decided to let Lennon Wardrobe go to free agency. Padrig Paterson was moved up on the depth chart from Third Option to Cleanup. Nicky Christophers was moved down from Cleanup to First Option. Lastly Ike Lewis was also moved down from First to Second Option. The Third Option roster spot is open. Wednesday, June 6 – London, England Cut day for London Athletic. After an impressive first year as the head coach, Wesley Moore was easily brought back to coach the team. The free agents he had pending were Stuart Preston and Callum Senior. He negotiated with Preston first and resigned him. Callum Senior was then released to free agency. Coach Moore did publicly declare that he feels Senior is a great contributor and teammate. He vowed to do anything he could to help Senior find a spot on another roster. Fearhgas McWilliam was moved to the Leadoff position. Stuart Preston was moved down to Middle, Zeke Josephs was moved down to Cleanup, and Cecil Dick was moved down to First Option. Thursday, June 7 – London, England Cut day for the Crystal Palace Sparrows. The team is up for sale but has no buyer yet. So due to the way the league is structured George Meredith will spend one more year at least as the club’s owner. Having no interest in running the team he reupped coach Goraidh Kimball and then stepped aside to allow Kimball to do as he wished with the team. Kimball was facing free agents Ike Herbertson and Kieron Emmett. Kimball resigned Herbertson and allowed Emmett to go to free agency. Graeme Radclyffe was moved up on the depth chart to the Middle position. Ewart McAfee was moved up as well to the Cleanup position. Todd Perkins was dropped down to the First Option position. Friday, June 8 – Coventry, England It is a sad day in Coventry. The team that was once thought to have a chance one day to be champions is nearly completely a different team now. They brought back coach Gethin Beake for a second season but Beake could do nothing to stop Urien Judd, the teams Leadoff and star player, from leaving. Judd was courted by several teams, including Brighton Beach. However, in the end he decided to enter free agency and sign a letter of intent with Fordham C.C. Judd says he wants to join Fordham, go up against Brighton in the World Match, and defeat them. There is still quite some time before signing days however, so Brighton might continue to try and convince Judd to join them. Remember Letters of Intent are nonbinding. As for Coventry’s other pending free agent, Donal Munro, he resigned with the club. He as also moved up to the Leadoff spot to fill the void left by Judd. Dylan Regan was moved up to Middle. Ed Lincoln was moved up to Cleanup. The First Option spot was left open. Monday, June 11 – Bronx, New York The owners of the Fordham Cycling Club all feel satisfied by the result of the previous season. They therefore have no issue in bringing back Leary Abrahams. The pending free agents were Angel Duane and Jimi MacLean. Neither really contributed to the previous season’s success so Coach Abrahams let both go to free agency. Cleve Woods was moved to the Middle position. The Cleanup position and Second Option were left open. Trace Buchanan was moved down to the First Option. Tuesday, June 12 – Freehold Borough, New Jersey Cut day for Jersey P.C. The first big piece of news was that an owner has been found for the team. It is William Lewis Dayton, Jr., a New Jersey political figure. He purchased the team and has vowed to keep it right here in New Jersey. He also is keeping coach Heddwyn O’Sirideain. The free agents that Coach O’Sirideain had to deal with were Cam Bull and Rabbie Southgate. Both played this previous season deep on the bench and had very little contribution to the team’s success. Both were released to free agency. Greg Revie was moved up to the Middle position. Berry O’Meadhra was dropped down to the Second Option position. The Cleanup and Third Option positions were left open. Wednesday, June 13 – Saratoga Springs, New York The Saratoga Jockeys hold their cut day. Coach Clancy Bloxam will return as the coach. The teams pending free agents however will not be returning to the team. Both, Stanley Stacy and Waylon Harvey, were both let go by the team. Cat Christophers was moved up to the Middle position. Amhlaidh Mathewson was dropped down to the Cleanup position. Vere Bryson was moved down to the Second Option position. The First Option and Third Option positions remain open. Thursday, June 14 – Manhattan, New York Today at the New York Jumbos cut day it became official that Seosaidh Perkins is departing as the team’s head coach. He has a letter of intent signed with Aberdeen Academy to be their first director. In a surprising move following Coach Perkins departure, P.T. Barnum, the owner of the club, resigned both pending free agents; Grigor Rollins and Greg Dickman. The depth chart however was massively realigned. Boyce Durant was moved to Leadoff, Grigor Rollins remained in the Middle, Greg Dickman brought up to Cleanup, Lon Kingsley stayed First Option, Edison Hennessy dropped down to Third Option, and Larrie Kelsey dropped down to Third Option. Friday, June 15 – Aberdeen, Scotland Today Seosaidh Perkins officially signed as the director of the Aberdeen Academy. Manhattan, New York P.T. Barnum reached out to Andrus Ainsworth, an assistant coach with Brighton Beach. Barnum wanted to see about Ainsworth being the next head coach of the New York Jumbos, but Ainsworth informed him he had no such interest. Monday, June 18 – Manhattan, New York Today the New York Jumbos met with and signed Tearlach Thorburn to be their next head coach. Thorburn had previously been an assistant coach with the Crystal Palace Sparrows. Tuesday, June 19 – London, England The RVA announces their schedule for 1884 ---April 5--- Brighton Beach @ London Athletic Crystal Palace Sparrows @ Coventry C.C. ---April 12--- Coventry C.C. @ Brighton Beach London Athletic @ Crystal Palace Sparrows ---April 19--- London Athletic @ Coventry C.C. Brighton Beach @ Crystal Palace Sparrows ---April 26--- London Athletic @ Brighton Beach Coventry C.C. @ Crystal Palace Sparrows ---May 3--- Brighton Beach @ Coventry C.C. Crystal Palace Sparrows @ London Athletic ---May 10--- Coventry C.C. @ London Athletic Crystal Palace Sparrows @ Brighton Beach ---May 17--- Title Match 4 @ Preston Park Velodrome in Brighton, England ---May 31--- World Match 1 @ Stamford Bridge in London, England Friday, June 22 – Manhattan, New York Today is the first official signing day of the year and it belongs to the New York Jumbos. They however do have a full roster and so therefore abstain from making any moves. Monday, June 25 – Saratoga Springs, New York The Saratoga Jockeys have two open roster spots, but they will fill both with rookies. They do not make any moves on their signing day. Tuesday, June 26 – Freehold Borough, New Jersey No signings for the Jersey Pedal Club on their signing day. They will fill two open roster spots with rookies. Wednesday, June 27 – Bronx, New York It is official Urien Judd is now a member of the Fordham Cycling Club. He signed today and was put into the Cleanup position for that team. Thursday, June 28 – Coventry, England Signing day for Coventry C.C. They have one open roster spot and have decided to fill it with a rookie. Friday, June 29 – London, England No signings for the Crystal Palace Sparrows on their signing day. They intend to fill a single open roster spot with a rookie. Monday, July 2 – London, England No signings for the other London team, London Athletic. They will also fill a single open roster spot with a rookie. Tuesday, July 3 – Brighton, England Brighton, having failed to persuade Urien Judd, has also decided against signing free agents. They will fill an open roster spot with a rookie. Wednesday, July 4 – London, England Last call is declared but no one takes any free agents, so both the NYVL and RVA through the RVA offices declare signing days over. Thursday, July 5 – London, England Rabbie Southgate, who played last year for Jersey P.C. signed today as an assistant coach with London Athletic. London, England The Crystal Palace Sparrows signed Kieron Emmett, a former rider of theirs, as an assistant coach today. Freehold Borough, New Jersey Cam Bull, a former rider with Jersey P.C., signed as an assistant coach with the team today. Saratoga Springs, New York Two former players signed as assistant coaches with the Saratoga Jockeys today. Both formerly rode for the team. They were Waylon Harvey and Stanley Stacy. Friday, July 6 – London, England The RVA put out an official notice that Lennon Wardrobe, Callum Senior, Angel Duane, and Jimi MacLean have all official retired from the sport of professional Velo. Monday, July 9 – Manhattan, New York Today the NYVL had the honor of releasing their schedule as well as the logos for their Title Match of New York 2, the RVA’s Title Match 4, and the World Match 1. All are as follows in that order: ---April 5--- Fordham C.C. @ Jersey P.C. Saratoga Jockeys @ New York Jumbos ---April 12--- New York Jumbos @ Fordham C.C. Jersey P.C. @ Saratoga Jockeys ---April 19--- Jersey P.C. @ New York Jumbos Fordham C.C. @ Saratoga Jockeys ---April 26--- Jersey P.C. @ Fordham C.C. New York Jumbos @ Saratoga Jockeys ---May 3--- Fordham C.C. @ New York Jumbos Saratoga Jockeys @ Jersey P.C. ---May 10--- New York Jumbos @ Jersey P.C. Saratoga Jockeys @ Fordham C.C. ---May 17--- Title Match of New York 2 at: Jerome Park Racetrack in: Bronx, New York ---May 31--- World Match 1 at: Stamford Bridge in: London, England Monday, August 6 – London, England The RVA introduces their collection of rookies for the year: Brighton Beach: Russ Garner – from Warrington, Cheshire, England – assigned to Third Option London Athletic: Yale Foster – from Bridgend, Wales – assigned to Second Option Crystal Palace Sparrows: Alwyn Attaway – from Carmarthenshire, Wales – assigned to Second Option Coventry C.C.: Marc MacCionaodha – from Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales – assigned First Option Manhattan, New York The NYVL also introduced their collection of rookies for the year: Fordham C.C.: Bertie Nevin – from Bridgeport, Connecticut – assigned Second Option Jersey P.C.: Forbes Ellery – from Elgin, Moray, Scotland – assigned Cleanup Foster McKinley – from Calgary, Alberta, Canada – assigned to Third Option Saratoga Jockeys: Stew Knaggs – from Flintshire, Wales – assigned First Option Wilt Doctor – from Maracopa County, Arizona – assigned Third Option Aberdeen, Scotland The Aberdeen Academy introduces their first class Raghnall Stark – of Dublin, Ireland Deelan Colquhoun – of Dublin, Ireland Winton Morison – of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England Scot Ness – of Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland Callahan Lacy – of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Clifford Monroe – of Cicero, Illinois, USA Jocky Hunter – of Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland Roland Kingsley – of Hove, England Garnet Hull – of Germantown, Tennessee, USA Edan Aitken – of, Glasgow City, Scotland Aiden Hambledon – Glasgow East Dunbartonshire, Scotland Meirion Good – of Swansea, Wales Shelby Mottershead – of Auckland, New Zealand Jockie Oliver – of Stirling, Scotland Fife MacCarthy – of Cowdenbeath, Fife, Scotland *most noteworthy is Roland Kingsley the younger brother of Sullivan Kingston