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Freddie Spencer

Freddie Spencer (Bicycle racing.  Born, Westfield, NJ, Aug. 9, 1902; died, Rahway, NJ, Feb. 9, 1992.)  During the last Golden Era of bicycle racing in America, no star was bigger than Fred Spencer, who in 1925 accomplished a feat never duplicated when he won the American Pro Sprint championship and two six-day races in the same […]

Alf Letourner

Alf Letourner (Bicycle racing. Born, Amiens, France, July 25, 1907; died, Paris, France, Jan. 4, 1975.) One of the most popular of the European riders to appear regularly in the six-day bicycle race competition at Madison Square Garden, Alfred Letourner was also one of the most successful. Letourner, who defied superstition by usually wearing No. […]

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 […]

Pat Powers

Pat Powers (Executive.  Born, Trenton, NJ, June 27, 1860; died, Belmar, NJ, Aug. 27, 1925.)  For nearly three decades, Patrick Thomas Powers was a major figure in New York-area sports.  He was involved with the promotion of early six-day bike races at Madison Square Garden in the 1890s after a brief stint managing the Giants […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

John M. Chapman

John M. Chapman (Bicycle racing.  Born, College Park, GA, 1877; died, Santa Monica, CA, Mar. 20, 1947.)  During the era when bike racing was a major sport indoors and outdoors in the U.S., John M. Chapman was the sport’s leading promoter for 30 years (1907-37).  He was the operator of the New York and Newark […]

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