- Feb 3, 2005
- Reaction score
- Huber Heights, OH
Also know as "The Turk's Head." Photos also from the section of the cycling book that this photo came from popped up in several different publications of the time. Apparently it was considered different and entertaining enough to be very newsworthy with reports showing up in many periodicals such as "Womanhood" and "The Strand." Even Baden-Powell's daughter was doing it. She referred to the general exercises as "gymkhana" (ims).
A cycling buddy of mine was so interested in this that he tracked down a republication of the original book just so that he could have this section.
On a related note, I found out that in the early days of WWI, the Brits had a Bicycle Regiment, equipped with Enfield carbines attached to their bikes who practiced cutting the turks head, lemon cutting, ring and tent-pegging, and essentially doing all the cav drills on bicycle; the 26th Middlesex Cyclists.
Peace favor your sword,