Bicycle racing was a popular activity in the City of Charlottetown and all throughout the Maritimes. Not long after the Montreal Bicycle Club was formed in 1878, interest in competitive cycling came to Prince Edward Island. By May 1886, there is evidence to suggest that cyclists were in training for competition on the Island. In fact, bicycle road races, often sponsored by the local newspapers, represented the first sporting rivalries between communities. Institutions like the Charlottetown Abegweit Athletics Association, the League of the Cross and others offered Track and Field competitions of which cycling was a big part.