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Rare bike race programs from 1930's  

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6 Day Bike Race: Third [Fourth & Seventh] International Race, Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco...


San Francisco




Three programs. Illustrated from photographs, drawings, etc.; numerous advertisements. 30x22.8 cm (11¾x9"), pictorial wrappers. 

The 6-day bicycle race, migrating to the United States from Britain, was a grueling test of stamina, with two-man teams alternating, each member to cycle no more than 12 out of each 24 hours. The participants are described and pictured, the rules laid out in painstaking detail, and supplementary information relayed, such as what the cyclers eat. Many of the leading cyclers of the day participated in the races, including two who have signed their pictures: Eddie Seifert in the Third Race program; Torchy Peden in the Seventh Race program. OCLC list no copies of the third and seventh race, ad onl one copy of the fourth race, at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

A few of the more famous cyclists who participated in the races:
Piet Van Kempen- Dutch track cyclist. In total, he won 32 six-day races, twelve times second and elven times third.  With these 32 wins, he was he was the first in all-time ranking for some time.
William "Torchy" Peden- was a Canadian cyclist. He was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1955. Beginning in 1929, he won 24 of 48 races over the next four years. In 1932, he set a record that still stands: 10 victories. He beat (38 wins six-say races) Piet Van Kempen record of 32 wins. In 1950s he moved to US.
Reggie McNamara - was an Australian cyclist known as a roughhouse velodrome rider with a string of dramatic crashes and broken bones over 20 years. He was known as the Iron Man. He specialized in six-day races but rode races from 200m sprints to 100 km endurance races. He rode 3,000 races on three continents over 30 years and won more than 700 before he retired aged 50 in 1937.

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