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Reggie McNamara

Reggie McNamara (Bicycle racing. Born, Grenfell, New South Wales, Australia, 1887; died, Newark, NJ, October 1971.) Though born in Australia, Reggie McNamara became an American citizen early in his racing career in this country. McNamara was also one of the great stars in bike racing in an era when there were plenty of competitors. The […]

Torchy Peden

Torchy Peden (Bicycle racing.  Born, Victoria, B.C., Apr. 16, 1906; died, Northbrook, IL, Jan. 26, 1980.)  A writer once said that William John Peden led the pack at a bicycle race “like a torch.”  Indeed, Peden was known throughout his career as “Torchy,” although perhaps it was for his torch-like shock of red hair.  Peden […]

Franco Georgetti

Franco Georgetti (Bicycle racing.  Born, Bovisio Mombello, Italy, Oct. 3, 1902; died, Rome, Italy, Mar. 18, 1983.)  Over a period of nearly 15 years, one of the most popular and consistent of the six-day bicycle race riders in Madison Square Garden was Franco Georgetti. The rugged Italian won eight of the 144-hour grinds with five […]

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