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JMurr    24

So once upon a time in a different but similar parallel universe there was a sport called Velo.  The name derived from the fact that it was a bicycle racing game played on a velodrome.  It was a team in which a team competed to be the first to reach 9 points or enough points in the game that their opponent could not overcome them.  There of course was the possibility of a tie.  Eventually the North American Velo Organization (NAVO) that would even eventually morph into the Professional Velo Rank (PVR) was formed.  With time that league as well as the Colligate Cycling Conference (CCC) gained a large national following.  This however is the story of how it all began and everything that followed…

 

It all started back in 1888 when showman P.T. Barnum was looking for another money generating attraction.  Someone had told him all about the sport of cycle racing and how in Europe they had these sloped tracks, like Preston Park in England, that accommodated such racing events.  Barnum hired some engineers who soon developed a portable velo track that could be simply disassembled.  With this invention his intention was to develop a couple teams that would travel the country competing against one another.  Before getting to that point however he thought he would test it out in Boston. 

 

Barnum set out to put two teams together and pit them against one another in an event to be held in Boston.  If things went well he thought he could perhaps then establish some sort of tour.  So he went to the Boston Globe and announced he was looking for a couple men who might have some cycling knowledge and would be interested in managing and coaching these teams. 

 

To Be Continued…

 

Before the continuation however let’s spell out the rules to the game of Velo.

 

Each team consists of 6 roster spots.  The head rider is called the Leadoff position, behind him is the Middle position and following him is the Cleanup position.  These are your starters or line.  Your remaining roster spots consist of the bench.  These positions are First Option, Second Option, and Third Option.  A team also has a head coach and may have 1-2 assistant coaches. 

 

Games are played in 3-5 races which are called sets.  Every set has the potential for 3 points to be scored.  Only one team can score in a set.  It works like this; every team has 3 riders in a set, so this means 6 riders are on the track for each set or race.  The winner of the race scores a point for his team as does each of his teammates who finish with him before the highest finisher on the other team.  Therefore you see that a team can score up to 3 points in a set.  See below for an example that might help explain;

 

 

Team A

Team B

other four riders finish in any other order

(this would be a one point score)

 

Team A

Team A

Team B

other three riders finish in any other order

(this would be a two point score)

 

Team A

Team A

Team A

Team B

Team B

Team B

(this would be a three point score)

 

By this the max point total a team could score would be 9 points in a game.  That is because if a team ever reaches 9 not enough other points remain possible to score that would allow their opponent to overcome them.  So for example if a team scores 3 points each of the first three sets the remaining two sets are not necessary.  The final score would be 9-0.  This is referred to as a perfect game.  There are several other scenarios that exist that could cause a team to end before all 5 sets are needed but at the minimum no less than 3 sets can be played in a game. 

 

Each team starts the game with their line.  After each set they must substitute at least one rider.  No rider can remain in the game longer than 3 consecutive sets.  However after sitting out for a set a rider may be substituted back into the game.  The only reason a player cannot reenter a game is if they are involved in a crash.  If they crash at any point in a game they may not return back into the game. 

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JMurr    24

On September 10, 1888 P.T. Barnum made some big announcements with regard to the progress of organizing a Velo tournament.  He reported that he had signed a deal with Boston to hold the event in Faneuil Hall.  The event is to be held on the first Saturday of the New Year January 5, 1889.  He unveiled a logo he has created for the event and announced he has called it The Great Boston Velo Tournament. 
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He also announced that two team will be formed.  He will call the two clubs Team White and Team Black.  He unveiled logos for each club. 

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Lastly tonight it was announced that he has hired a coach/manager for each team.  For Team White it is a man named Andrew Hallam from Frankfort, Kentucky.  For Team Black it is a man named Richard Thompson who is from County Tyrone, Ireland.  The two men are now tasked with putting together their teams including finding riders.  They must be ready to go by the January 5, 1889 event date. 

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JMurr    24

 

Monday, December 10, 1888

P.T. Barnum and the two coaches introduce the teams that they have assembled. 

 

Three riders are getting the most attention as the most promising talents.  The first is Team Black leadoff Frank Berwald.  The other two are on Team White; Leadoff Long Colt and Middle Lawrence Tyler. 

 

These riders might become the tournament’s first big stars.

 

Also unveiled today is the first set of uniforms for each team.  Nothing special just plain black and white colored sweaters and shorts for each respective team.

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JMurr    24

The first event.

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P.T. Barnum implemented a rule that at least one players or head coach must change from a single team between each year.  To do this he established an organized system by which it was to be done.  The best finishing time would make their “cut” on an assigned day, the next day the next best team would make their “cuts”.   Once each team had made their cuts the order would go in reverse as each team had a “signing day” in which they could sign free agent riders to their open roster spots.  If they still had open roster spots following this time they may fill them with riders they have found and wish to bring into the tournament. 

 

Monday, February 4, 1889 – At the very first cut day, cut day for Team White, Coach Richard Thompson resigned D.A. Chisholm but released William Steiner to free agency.  All other riders of theirs remain under contract. 

 

So as of right now their roster looks like this:

 

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Tuesday, February 5, 1889 – Cut day for Team Black.  Coach Andrew Hallam knows that the competition is a deeper team in terms of how many great riders they have.  This past year Team Black stood no chance once they lost their Leadoff Frank Berwald in a crash in the first set of the game.  Even with Berwald he is really out dulled up front as team White has two riders both at the Leadoff and Middle position who can keep up with Berwald; those being Long Colt and Lawrence Tyler.  In an effort to try and get Berwald some better help Coach Hallam released both potential free agents, Martin Stillman and Charles Montez, today.   

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Thursday, February 14, 1889 – Signing day for Team Black.  The team basically passes on their signing day.  They have two open roster spots but their coach Andrew Hallam reports that he intends to bring in a couple rookies to fill those spots.  He is hoping to find a rookie or two that can keep up with the best riders on Team White; Long Colt and Lawrence Tyler. 

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Friday, February 15, 1889 – Last year Martin Stillman rode for Team Black but on that teams cut day they let him go.  Now today he has reached terms with Team White and will be joining their club. 

 

 

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I started this on another tread but it got closed because I guess I wasn't putting images up fast enough.  So I am going to post some stuff to catch up to where I was.  I am going to start to tell and showcase the history of this fictional league from the very beginning.  Many logos, uniforms, and other designs will come.  You will be able to follow this sport from its very beginning to the present.  That includes every game played and all the off-season player movement.

 

Monday, August 27, 1888 – The Boston Globe reports on an event that showman P.T. Barnum was organizing.  The event would be a bicycle race contested between two teams.  The rules of the game were laid out by P.T. Barnum.  He called this team cycle racing game Velo, which he derived from the name of the special type of track the race would be played on, a velodrome.  It was further reported that Barnum had constructed a velodrome that could be moved into a venue where it would be assembled and then disassembled when the event was finished.  Barnum informs everyone that he is looking for two coaches to lead his teams.

 

Monday, September 10, 1888 – The Boston Globe reports that P.T. Barnum has signed a deal to hold his event that will be called The Great Boston Velo Tournament, at Faneuil Hall.  He also introduces the two men he has hired to be the coaches of the teams; those men’s names are Andrew Hallam and Richard Thompson. 

 

Monday, December 10, 1888 – Through a Boston Globe article P.T. Barnum and his coaches introduce their players.  Three of those players in particular are reported to be highly talented.  The first of those three is Frank Berwald who has signed with Team Black.  Team White has the other two.  They are; Long Colt and Lawrence Tyler.  Through the paper P.T. Barnum also unveiled the official logo for the tournament, The Great Boston Velo Tournament, and each team; Team White and Team Black.  

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The following are the Team White and Team Black logos

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So I wanted to let this develop slowly because I wanted all to get a chance to really follow along.  I do recognize however that it is the drawings and such that people are really interested in so I'll get to it.  I am going to go through the early years that formed the league up until perhaps the second Title Match.

 

Friday, December 14, 1888 – It is reported in the Boston Globe that the event is scheduled to take place at Faneuil Hall on January 5, 1889.

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Before going too much further lets first have a look at the roster of each team.

 

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Saturday, January 5, 1889 – The first event is held.  Frank Berwald, the great hope of Team Black, crashes in the first set.  Team White wins by a score of 7-0.photobucket_zpsxmzhevg9.png

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So in the off season things are very organized in this sport.  Each team gets a cut date and a signing day.  The cut days go in order from first place finishing team to last while the signing days go in the opposite order of worst to first.  So being as Team White won in 1889 they cut first.

 

Monday, February 4, 1889 – The Boston Globe sends someone to report on the first cut date.  Team White coach Richard Thompson retains D.A. Chisholm to a new three-year contract but releases William Steiner to free agency.  

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Tuesday, February 5, 1889 – Again the Boston Globe covers the developing events of the preparations for another Great Boston Velo Tournament.  Today was Team Black’s cut date.  Their coach Andrew Hallam released both his free agents, Martin Stillman and Charles Montez, to free agency.   

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Thursday, February 14, 1889 – The Boston Globe again reports on Team Black’s signing day.  Coach Andrew Hallam announces that he will not be signing any free agents but rather he has a couple rookies he will be signing to his team. 

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Friday, February 15, 1889 – The Boston Globe report on the fact that Team White signed Martin Stillman to a new three-year contract. 

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Saturday, February 16, 1889 – The Boston Globe reports that William Steiner, formerly of Team White, announces that he will be retiring from the game.

 

The following is a summary of his career.

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Monday, February 18, 1889 – The Boston Globe reports that Charles Montez will go to work as an assistant coach with Team White. 

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Monday, April 22, 1889 – Coach Andrew Hallam of Team Black introduces the public to his two new rookies; Frederick Scott and Jakob Foote. 

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