Jules Audy

Biography

Jules Audy was born in Montreal on September 2, 1912. Jules was known as the "Blonde Flash" because of his blonde hair and his fierce attacking as a 6-day racer. For years he was the darling of female fans who followed six-day racing in Canada and the USA. Audy's skills as a six-day racer were in demand by the promoters of the six-day racing circuit. He was a classy sprinter who was not afraid to attack during a jam. Because of his small stature and his baby face looks the media of the day characterized him as the "blond flash whirlwind". He was adept at moving in and out on the crowded track with skill and daring.

Jules rode his first professional race in 1931 when he was just 18 years old teaming up with the Dutch veteran Piet Van Kempen for a six-day race in Montreal. He impressed the spectators and his fellow racers with his exhibition of speed and stamina finishing the race in second place. His next six-day race was in Minneapolis where he teamed up with Torchy Peden after they both lost their original partners because of illness and injury.

Immediately there was some magic between Peden and Audy. Peden, who was over six feet and Audy who was just five feet five inches appeared to be a miss-match especially during the hand sling of the Madison. The team went on to win the 1931 Minneapolis six-day. This partnership lasted over 11 years and the team of Peden and Audy became one of the most victorious teams in six-day racing. They partnered 32 times and won 9 races as a team. The team of Peden and Audy is ranked 18th place on the all-time list of the six-days most victorious teams.

Over his professional career as a six-day racer Jules Audy participated in 110 six-day races and won 14 of them. Audy's career lasted from 1931 to 1950. His last six-day race was at Madison Square Garden in 1950.

Jules Audy was inducted into the Temple de la Renommee (Hall of Fame) of the Federation Quebecoise des Sport Cyclistes in 1988.

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Palmares

  1. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 12-17, 1931, with Piet Van Kempen (Ned), 2nd place.
  2. Minneapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 19-26, 1931, with William "Torchy' Peden (Can), 1st place.
  3. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 6-12, 1932, with Maurice DeClerck (Bel), 3rd place.
  4. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 7-13, 1932, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 4th place.
  5. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 28-March 5, 1932, with Jan 'Kanonbal' Pijnenburg (Ned), DNF.
  6. Philadelphia Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 7-13, 1932, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), DNF.
  7. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 17-23, 1932, with William 'Torchy Peden (Can), 1st place.
  8. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 2-7, 1932 with Harry Horan (Usa), 3rd place.
  9. Atlantic City Six-Day Bicycle Race, July 1932 with Maurice Boogmans (Bel), DNF.
  10. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 17-23, 1932 with Al Crossley (Usa), 2nd place.
  11. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 3-8, 1932 with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 4th place.
  12. Minneapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 1932 with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 1st place.
  13. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 1932 with William 'Torchy Peden (Can), 1st place.
  14. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 28-December 3, 1932 with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), DNF
  15. Philadelphia Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 11-17, 1932 with Norman Hill (Usa), 8th place.
  16. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 20-26, 1933, with Jackie Sheehan (Ire), 5th place.
  17. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 27-March 5, 1933, with William 'Torchy' Peden, 7th place.
  18. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 11-17, 1933, with Willy Grimm (Usa), 2nd place.
  19. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 16-22, 1933, with Henri Lepage (Can), 6th place.
  20. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 26-May 1, 1933 with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 2nd place.
  21. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 8-14, 1933, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 2nd place.
  22. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 23-29, 1933, with Piet van Kempen (Ned), 2nd place.
  23. Minneapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 6-12, 1933, with Piet van Kempen (Ned), 2nd place.
  24. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 6-12, 1933, with Piet van Kempen (Ned), 1st place.
  25. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 1934, with Piet van Kempen (Ned), 4th place.
  26. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 25-March 2, 1934, with Freddy Ottevaire (Usa), 8th place.
  27. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 13-19, 1934 with Charley Winter (Usa), DNF.
  28. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 1934, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 1st place.
  29. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 15-21, 1934, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 1st place.
  30. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 6-11, 1934, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 1st place.
  31. London, England, Six-Day Bicycle Race, July 13-21, 1934 with Henri Lepage (Can), 8th place.
  32. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 23-30, 1934, with Piet van Kempen, 5th place.
  33. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 15-21, 1934, with William 'Torchy' Peden, 4th place.
  34. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 29---November 3, 1934, Triple; with Ernst Buhler (Swi)
    and Henri Lepage (Can), 7th place.
  35. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 8-14, 1934, Triple; with Henri Lepage (Can)
    and William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 4th place.
  36. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 18-24, 1934, Triple; with Henri Lepage (Can)
    and William 'Torchy' Peden, 1st place.
  37. Minneapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 2-8, 1934, Triple; with Henri Lepage (Can)
    and William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 2nd place.
  38. Kansas City Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 8-14, 1935, with Jimmy Walthour (Usa), DNF
  39. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 17-23, 1935, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 5th place.
  40. Los Angeles Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 1935, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 4th place.
  41. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 7-13, 1935, Triple; with Henri Lepage (Can)
    and William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 4th place.
  42. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 30-May 5, 1935, with Jimmy Walthour (Usa), 2nd place.
  43. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 7-13, 1935, with Jimmy Walthour (Usa), DNF.
  44. San Francisco Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 24-30, 1935, with Lew Rush (Can), DNF.
  45. Oakland Six-Day Bicycle Race, June 7-13, 1935, with Reggie Fielding (Can), 1st place.
  46. Minneapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 12-18, 1935, with Al Crossley (Usa), 2nd place.
  47. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 22-28, 1935, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 4th place.
  48. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 14-20, 1935, with Al Crossley (Usa), 6th place.
  49. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 28-November 3, 1935, with Frank Bartell (Usa), 4th place.
  50. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 11-17, 1935, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 3rd place.
  51. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 2-8, 1935, with Paul Broccardo (Fra), DNF
  52. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 13-19, 1935, with Tony Schaller (Usa), 6th place.
  53. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 16-22, 1936, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 3rd place.
  54. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 23-29, 1936, with Albert Buysse (Bel), 5th place.
  55. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 16-23, 1936, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 2nd place.
  56. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 13-19, 1936 with Henri Lepage (Can), 2nd place.
  57. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 27-May 3, 1936 with William 'Torchy' Peden, 2nd place.
  58. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 9-14, 1936, with Alfred Letourneur (Fra), 7th place.
  59. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 29-December 5, 1936, with Norman Hill (Usa), 8th place.
  60. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 11-17, 1937, with William 'Torchy' Peden, 2nd place.
  61. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 22-28, 1937, with Tino Reboli (Usa), 3rd place.
  62. Indianapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 15-20, 1937 with Fred Spencer (Usa), 4th place.
  63. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 1-6, 1937, with Jan 'Kanonbal' Pijnenburg (Ned), 7th place.
  64. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 15-20, 1937, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 3rd place.
  65. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 1-7, 1937, with Heinz Vopel (Ger), 1st place.
  66. Louisville Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 15-21, 1937, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 1st place.
  67. Philadelphia Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 25-May 1, 1937, with Henri Lepage (Can), 1st place.
  68. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 28-October 3, 1937, with Al Crossley (Usa), DNF.
  69. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 10-16, 1937, with Tino Reboli (Usa), 6th place.
  70. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 8-13, 1937, with Henri Lepage (Can), DNF.
  71. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 30-December 5, 1937 with Freddy Zach (Sui), 9th place.
  72. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 12-18, 1937 with Jerry Rodman (Usa), 4th place.
  73. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 10-16, 1938, with Henri Lepage (Can), 6th place.
  74. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 30-February 5, 1938, with Ernst Buehler (Sui), 7th place.
  75. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 23-March 1, 1938, with Piet Van Kempen (Ned), 4th place.
  76. Indianapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 3-9, 1938, with Ernst Buehler (Sui), 2nd place.
  77. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 10-15, 1938, with Ernst Buehler (Sui), 3rd place.
  78. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 19-25, 1938, with Gerard Debaets (Bel), 4th place.
  79. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 9-15, 1938, with Marcel Guimbretiere (Fra), DNF.
  80. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 7-13, 1938, with Cecil Yates (Usa), 7th place.
  81. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 28- December 4, 1938, with Cecil Yates (Usa), 5th place.
  82. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 1-7, 1939, with Gustav Killian (Ger), 5th place.
  83. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 13-18, 1939 with Jerry Rodman (Usa), 6th place.
  84. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 28--March 6, 1939, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), DNF.
  85. San Francisco Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 13-19, 1939, with Fred Ottevaire (Usa), 3rd place.
  86. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 28-April 2, 1939, with Fred Ottevaire (Usa), 7th place.
  87. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 15-20, 1939, with Cecil Yates (Usa) 7th place.
  88. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 5-11, 1939, with Henry 'Cocky' O'Brien (Usa), 3rd place.
  89. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 20-25, 1939, with Robert 'Bobby' Thomas (Usa), 3rd place.
  90. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 24-30, 1939, with Cesare Moretti Jr. (Usa), 2nd place.
  91. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 7-13, 1940, with Cesare Moretti Jr. (Usa), DNF
  92. Columbus Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 20-26, 1940, with Cesare Moretti Jr. (Usa), 3rd place.
  93. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 5-11, 1940, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 4th place.
  94. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 14-20, 1940 with Heinz Vopel (Ger), 3rd place.
  95. Washington Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 22-28, 1940, with Heinz Vopel (Ger), 2nd place.
  96. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 13-19, 1940, with Alfred Letourneur (Fra), 4th place.
  97. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 20-26, 1941, with Rene Cyr (Can), 3rd place.
  98. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 12-18, 1941, with Cecil Yates (Usa), 2nd place.
  99. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 2-8, 1942, with Cecil Yates (Usa), 1st place.
  100. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 25-31, 1942, with Alfred Letourneur (Fra), 4th place.
  101. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 8-13, 1942, with Cecil Yates (Usa), 3rd place.
  102. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 28-February 4, 1946, with Cesare Moretti Jr., 5th place.
  103. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 11-18, 1947, with Rene Cyr (Can), 6th place.
  104. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 7-13, 1947, with Alfred Letourneur (Fra), 5th place.
  105. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 26-March 2, 1948, with Michael Abt (Usa), DNF.
  106. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 5-11, 1948, with Henri Surbatis (Fra), DNF.
  107. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 31-November 6, 1948, with Françoise, DNF.
  108. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 15-20, 1948, with Ted Smith (Usa), 8th place.
  109. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 5-11, 1949, with Andre Pousse (Fra), 5th place.
  110. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 1-7, 1950, with Lacourse (Fra), DNF.

Jules Audy was 19 years old when he participated in an amateur six-day event at the Montreal Forum. He was noticed by Piet van Kempen and asked to act in the capacity of a trainer (support person) for the Dutch six-day star. The following year, 1931 he raced with Van Kempen and placed second in Montreal.

Six-day races by year:

1931: 2 | 1932: 13 | 1933: 9 | 1934: 13 | 1935: 15 (In a 12 week period between March-June Audy raced in 7 six-day races) | 1936: 7 | 1937: 13 | 1938: 9 | 1939: 9 | 1940: 6 | 1941: 2 | 1942: 3 | 1943-1945  (WWII) | 1946: 1 | 1947: 2 | 1948: 4 1949: 1 | 1950: 1

Fifty six years after Jules Audy of Montreal hung up his bike and retired as a professional six-day racer he is still ranked 37th on the All-time Historical Classification of Six-Day Racers (Jacq van Reijendam 2006, 6-Daagse Statistieken). This recognition of Audy's racing prowess is a testament to the Canadian cycling racing scene in the 1930's where Canadian cyclists were some of the best in the world. For more than a decade Canadian six-day racers entertained the North American and European sports enthusiasts. Even today their expertise and racing skill is still prominent. In his professional career as a six-day racer Jules Audy competed in 107 professional six-day races placing first 14 times, second 17 times, third 14 times. When Jules Audy entered a six-day race, 42% of the time we could guarantee that he would be on the podium. He was 38 years old when he retired in 1950.

Six-day victories: 14 times

2nd place: 18 times | 3rd place: 14 times | 4th place: 16 times | 5th place: 9 times | 6th place: 6 times | 7th place: 8 times | 8th place: 5 times | 9th place: once | DNF: 18 times

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Partners

  1. William 'Torchy' Peden (Can): partnered 30 races
  2. Henri Lepage (Can): partnered 11 races
  3. Piet van Kempen (Ned): partnered 7 races
  4. Cecil Yates (Usa): partnered 6 races
  5. Alfred Letourneur (Fra): partnered 4 times
  6. Ernst Buhler (Ger): partnered 4 times
  7. Cesare Moretti Jr. (Usa): partnered 4 times
  8. Al Crossley (Usa): partnered 4 times
  9. Heinz Vopel (Ger): partnered 3 times
  10. Freddie Ottevaire (Usa): partnered 3 times
  11. Jimmy Walthour (Usa): partnered 3 times
  12. Jan 'Kanonbal' Pijnenburg (Ned): partnered twice
  13. Tino Reboli (Usa): partnered twice
  14. Norman Hill (Usa): partnered twice
  15. Rene Cyr (Can): partnered twice
  16. Jerry Rodman (Usa): partnered twice
  17. Reggie Fielding (Can): partnered once
  18. Lew Rush (Can): partnered once
  19. Maurice DeClerck (Bel): partnered once
  20. Harry Horan (Usa): partnered once
  21. Maurice Boogmans(Bel): partnered once
  22. Willy Grimm (Usa): partnered once
  23. Jackie Sheehan (Usa): partnered once
  24. Frank Bartell (Usa): partnered once
  25. Charley Winter(Usa): partnered once
  26. Paul Broccardo(Usa): partnered once
  27. Tony Schaller(Usa): partnered once
  28. Albert Buysse (Bel): partnered once
  29. Michael Abt (Usa): partnered once
  30. Fred Spencer (Usa): partnered once
  31. Henri Surbatis (Fra): partnered once
  32. Gustav Killian (Ger): partnered once
  33. Gerard Debaets (Bel): partnered once
  34. Andre Pousse (Fra): partnered once
  35. Ted Smith (Usa): partnered once
  36. Marcel Guimbretiere (Fra): partnered once
  37. Henry 'Cocky' O'Brien (Usa): partnered once
  38. Robert 'Bobby' Thomas (Usa): partnered once
  39. Francoise (Fra): partnered once
  40. Lacourse (Fra) partnered once
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Victories

  1. Minneapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 19-26, 1931, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can)
  2. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 17-23, 1932, with William 'Torchy Peden (Can)
  3. Minneapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 1932 with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can)
  4. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 1932 with William 'Torchy Peden (Can)
  5. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 6-12, 1933, with Piet van Kempen (Ned)
  6. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 1934, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can)
  7. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 15-21, 1934, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can)
  8. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 6-11, 1934, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can)
  9. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 18-24, 1934, Triple; with Henri Lepage (Can) and William 'Torchy' Peden (Can)
  10. Oakland Six-Day Bicycle Race, June 7-13, 1935, with Reggie Fielding (Can)
  11. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 1-7, 1937, with Heinz Vopel (Ger)
  12. Louisville Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 15-21, 1937, with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can)
  13. Philadelphia Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 25-May 1, 1937, with Henri Lepage (Can)
  14. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 2-8, 1942, with Cecil Yates (Usa)
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Most Cities Raced In

  1. Chicago: 18 six-day races
  2. Montreal: 15 six-day races
  3. New York: 14 six-day races
  4. Cleveland: 11 six-day races
  5. Toronto: 10 six-day races
  6. Milwaukee: 8 six-day races
  7. Pittsburgh: 7 six-day races
  8. Buffalo: 7 six-day races
  9. Minneapolis: 5 six day races
  10. Philadelphia: 3 six-day races
  11. San Francisco: 2 six-day races
  12. Indianapolis: 2 six-day races
  13. Los Angeles: 1 six-day race
  14. Oakland: 1 six-day race
  15. Atlantic City: 1 six-day race
  16. Louisville: 1 six-day race
  17. Washington: 1 six-day race
  18. Columbus 1 six-day race
  19. Kansas City: 1 six-day race
  20. London, England: 1 six-day race
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Induction into the Quebec Federation of Sports Cyclists

Inducted in 1988

Jules Audy's cycling career was mainly focused on the professional track from 1931 to 1947. On his first professional Six-Days in 1931, he finished second in Montreal, teaming up with Dutchman Pete Van Kempen.

He recorded his first victory a few weeks later at the Six Days in Minneapolis with Freddi Zach of Switzerland. He was only 20 years old at the time. During his career, he played with all the stars of the time, including the legendary Torchy Peden, with whom he was very successful. He finally ended his career in 1947 during a Six-Days in Chicago, the 146th of his career.

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