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Alfred Goullet

Alfred Goullet (Bicycle racing.  Born, Emu, Australia, Apr. 5, 1891; died, Toms River, NJ, Mar. 11, 1995.)  Alf Goullet was one of the first great stars of the six-day bike racing circuit, emerging before the First World War and becoming a dominant force for more than a decade.  Goullet won his first six-day race at Madison Square Garden in 1913 and won a record eight of them in 11 seasons through 1923.  In 1914, he not only won for the second straight year, but, with partner Alf Grenda, set an all-time mileage record of 2,759.2 around the Garden boards.  He also partnered with Grenda for his last Garden win in Mar. 1923.  His eight New York victories came with six partners.  All of his wins came in the second Madison Square Garden, located at 26th Street and Madison Avenue, but he did race in the third Garden at 49th and Eighth Avenue in 1925.  Like most of his contemporaries, Goullet also raced and did sprints at other facilities through the years.  In 1920, he set a world record for time in the 1,500 meters (1.49 4/5) at the Newark Velodrome.

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