Henry Lepage

Flashy Montreal 6-day Racer (1906-1959)

Biography

Henri Lepage was a Parisian born 6-day racer that made Montreal his home. He started his cycling career as a road cyclist entering local races in the Montreal area. In October 1929, at 23 years old, Henri made his six-day debut at the first Montreal 6-day race partnering with the Belgian rider Rene Boogmans.

Henri was a very showy racer who was a crowd favorite because of his good looks and flashy riding. The media nicknamed him the "Black-haired Adonis" and the "Beau Brummel" of cycling. He was also very adept as a sprinter and had excellent bike handing skills.

Throughout his 6-day career, Lepage participated in 64 six-day races winning ten events between 1929-1938. He finished 54 events, abandoning only 10 times. Henri LePage is ranked 64th on the All-Time Historical 6-day Racer List (Jacq van Reijendam - Breda - NL, April 2005) with 10 first place wins,10 second place finishes, 8 thirds and 8 fourth placings.

Lepage regularly partnered with some of the Canadian 6-day superstars, such as Jules Audy, 13 times and William "Torchy" Peden 10 times. There seemed to have been a special magic when Torchy Peden and LePage got together as a combination. In total they won 5 six-day races. Lepage was also partnered 7 times with the famous French 6-day star Alfred "Red Devil" Letourneur. They were victorious at the 1933 Montreal (B) six-day race.

In his hometown of Montreal Lepage raced in 15 six-day races. He was idolized as a hero in Montreal. In total Henri raced in 25 Canadian 6-day races: in Montreal (15), Toronto (9), and Vancouver (1). Lepage raced 37 times in the USA in 13 different cities. He raced in Chicago 3 times and twice at the centre of six-day racing Madison Square Garden in New York City. Both Chicago and New York were the two venues that paid the racers the highest fees in the world. Every six-day racer desired to appear at Madison Square Garden. It was not uncommon for celebrities and politicians to offer $200 as a premium for a sprint race.
Photo translation: Former Quillcot Lepage rider, now 23, was one of the top amateur cyclists. He is the first French Canadian to take part in a six day race and he was the hero of last year's event at the Forum. An accident to his companion prevented him from winning. He will still be one of the contenders this season and hopes to be luckier.
Cliche Famous Studio, Ste-Catherine Street East.

Henri won the Canadian Track Championship in 1930 and 1931. He was inducted into the Federation Quebecoise des Sport Cyclistes (FQSC) "Temple de la Renommee" in 1986. Henri Lepage died in 1959 at the age of 53.

Henri Lepage is ranked third on the Canadian Six-Day Racer List.

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Palmares

Henri Lepage participated in 25 6-day races in Canada, 37 in the USA and 2 in England
    1929-30
  1. Montreal: October 28-November 3, 1929 with Rene Boogmans (Bel), 7th place
  2. Montreal: October 26-November 1, 1930 with Bobby Walthour Jr.(Usa), 6th place
  3. 1931
  4. Montreal: April 12-18, 1931 with William 'Torchy' Peden(Can), 1st place
  5. Vancouver: July 13-18, 1931 with Reginald Fielding(Can), 2nd place
  6. Portland: August 7-13, 1931 with Horace Horder (Aus), abandoned
  7. Montreal: October 12-17, 1931 with William 'Torchy' Peden(Can), 1st place
  8. Minneapolis: November 19-26, 1931 with Pierre Gachon (Can), 3rd place
  9. 1932
  10. Milwaukee: January 6-12, 1932 with Laurent Gadou (Can), 6th place
  11. Montreal: April 17-23, 1932 with Alfred 'Diable Rouge' Letourneur (Fra), 2nd place
  12. Toronto: May 2-7,1932 with Alfred 'Diable Rouge' Letourneur (Fra), 2nd
  13. Atlantic City: July 1932 with Willy Grimm (Usa), 5th place
  14. Montreal: October 17-23, 1932 with Jules Audy (Can), abandoned
  15. Toronto: October 1932 with Bernard Stuebecke, 2nd place
  16. Philadelphia: November 11-17, 1932, with Louis Cohen (Usa) abandoned
  17. 1933
  18. Cleveland: January 20-26, 1933, with Felix Lafenetre (Fra) 7th place
  19. Saint Louis: February 8-14, 1933 with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 1st place
  20. New York: February 27-March 5, 1933 with Louis Cohen (Usa), abandoned
  21. Chicago: March 11-17, 1933 with Prudent Delille (Bel), 3rd place
  22. Montreal: April 16-22,1933 with Jules Audy (Can), 6th place
  23. Toronto: April 26-May1, 1933 with Piet van Kempen, 9th place
  24. Montreal: October 8-14, 1933 with Alfred 'Diable Rouge' Letourneur (Fra) 3rd place
  25. Toronto: October 23-29, 1933 with Alfred 'Diable Rouge' Letourneur (Fra) 1st place
  26. Minneapolis: November 6-12, 1933 with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can) 1st place
  27. Cleveland: December 6-12, 1933 with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can) 4th place
  28. 1934
  29. Pittsburgh: March 1934 with Zenon St. Laurent (Can), 4th place
  30. Cleveland: April 6-12, 1934 with Alfred 'Diable Rouge' Letourneur (Fra) 2nd place
  31. Montréal: April 15-21, 1934 with Alfred 'Diable Rouge' Letourneur (Fra) 2nd place
  32. Toronto: May 6-11, 1934 with Alfred 'Diable Rouge' Letourneur (Fra) abandoned
  33. London: May 13-21, 1934 with Jules Audy (Can) 8th place
  34. Pittsburgh: September 23-30, 1934 with Jimmy Walthour (Usa) 1st place
  35. Montreal: October 15-21, 1934 with Jimmy Walthour (Usa) 2nd place
  36. Toronto: October 29-November 3, 1934 with Jules Audy (Can) and Buehler (Triple) 7th place
  37. Cleveland: November 8-14, 1934 with Jules Audy (Can) and William 'Torchy' Peden (Can) (Triple) 4th place
  38. Milwaukee: November 18-24, 1934 with Jules Audy (Can) and William 'Torchy' Peden (Can) (Triple) 1st place
  39. Minneapolis: December 2-8, 1934 with Jules Audy (Can) and William 'Torchy' Peden (Can) (Triple) 2nd place
  40. 1935
  41. Kansas City: January 8-14, 1935 with Buehler 4th place
  42. Pittsburgh: April 7-14, 1935 with Jules Audy (Can) 4th place
  43. Montréal: April 30-May 5, 1935 with Al Crossley (Usa) 3rd place
  44. Toronto: May 7-13, 1935 with Jimmy Walthour (Usa) 6th place
  45. Toronto: September 22-28, 1935 with Reginald Fielding (Can) 6th place
  46. Montréal: October 14-20, 1935 with Jimmy Walthour (Usa) 2nd place
  47. Pittsburgh: October 28-November 3, 1935 with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can) 3rd place
  48. 1936
  49. Milwaukee: January 16-22, 1936 with Frank Bartell (Usa) 4th place
  50. Minneapolis: February 20-26, 1936 with Reginald Fielding (Can) 1st place
  51. Montréal: April 13-19, 1936 with Jules Audy (Can) 2nd place
  52. Toronto: April 27-May 3, 1936 with Reginald Fielding (Can) 5th place
  53. London: September 20-26, 1936 with Douglas Peden (Can) 9th place
  54. 1937
  55. Cleveland: January 11-17, 1937 with Ewald Wissel (Ger) 5th place
  56. Milwaukee: January 22-28, 1937 with Jules Audy (Can) abandoned
  57. Saint Louis: February 2-8, 1937 with Albert Heaton (Can) 5th place
  58. Indianapolis: February 15-20, 1937 with Reginald Fielding (Can) 7th place
  59. Kansas City: March 17-23, 1937 with Albert Heaton (Can) 3rd place
  60. Pittsburgh: April1-7, 1937 with Henry 'Cocky' O'Brien (Usa) 4th place
  61. Louisville: April 15-21, 1937 with Harold Nauwens (Usa) 3rd place
  62. Philadelphia: April 25-May 1, 1937 with Jules Audy (Can) 1st place
  63. Montréal: October 10-16, 1937 with Raymond Bedard (Can) abandoned
  64. Chicago: November 8-13, 1937 with Jules Audy (Can) abandoned
  65. New York: November 30-December 5, 1937 with Freddie Ottevaire (Usa) 8th place
  66. 1938
  67. Cleveland: January 10-16, 1938 with Jules Audy (Can) 6th place
  68. Chicago: January 30-February 5, 1938 with Fernand Wambst (Fra) 7th place
  69. Milwaukee: February 23-March 1, 1938 with Reginald Fielding (Can) abandoned
  70. Indianapolis: April3-9,1938 with Fernand Wambst (Fra) 1st place
  71. Pittsburgh: April 10-15, 1938 with Fernand Wambst (Fra) 4th place
  72. Montreal: October 9-15, 1938 with Bobby Thomas (Usa) abandoned
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Partners

  1. Jules Audy (Can) 13 starts, 2 victories
  2. William 'Torchy' Peden (Can) 10 starts, 4 victories
  3. Alfred Letourneur (Fra) 7 starts, 1 victory
  4. Reginald Fielding (Can) 6 starts, 1 victory
  5. Jimmy Walthour (Usa) 4 starts, 1 victory
  6. Fernand Wambst (Fra) 3 starts, 1 victory
  7. Albert Heaton (Can) 2 starts
  8. Louis Cohen (Usa) 2 starts
  9. Buehler 2 starts
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Victories

  1. Montreal: April 12-18, 1931 with William 'Torchy' Peden(Can)
  2. Montreal: October 12-17, 1931 with William 'Torchy' Peden(Can)
  3. Saint Louis: February 8-14, 1933 with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can)
  4. Toronto: October 23-29, 1933 with Alfred 'Diable Rouge' Letourneur (Fra)
  5. Minneapolis: November 6-12, 1933 with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can)
  6. Pittsburgh: September 23-30, 1934 with Jimmy Walthour (Usa)
  7. Milwaukee: November 18-24, 1934 with Jules Audy (Can) and William 'Torchy' Peden (Can) (Triple)
  8. Minneapolis: February 20-26, 1936 with Reginald Fielding (Can)
  9. Philadelphia: April 25-May 1, 1937 with Jules Audy (Can)
  10. Indianapolis: April3-9,1938 with Fernand Wambst (Fra)
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Most Cities Raced In

  1. Montréal: 15, six-day races
  2. Toronto: 9, six-day races
  3. Cleveland: 6, six-day races
  4. Pittsburgh: 6, six-day races
  5. Milwaukee: 5, six-day races
  6. Minneapolis: 4, six-day races
  7. Chicago: 3, six-day races
  8. New York: 2, six-day races
  9. London, England: 2, six-day races
  10. Philadelphia: 2, six-day races
  11. Kansas City: 2, six-day races
  12. Indianapolis: 2, six-day races
  13. Saint Louis: 2, six-day races
  14. Vancouver: 1, six-day race
  15. Portland: 1, six-day race
  16. Atlantic City: 1, six-day race
  17. Louisville: 1, six-day race


Induction into the Quebec Federation of Sports Cyclists in 1986

A great Six-Day racer on the track from 1929 to 1938, Henri Lepage participated in 75 Six-Day competitions in North America. He regularly teamed up with Torchy Peden and Jules Audy at competitions in Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo, New York, St-Louis, Boston, Delhi, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Madison,. . . He won the Canadian Track Championship in 1930-31, as well as a dozen Six-Days during his cycling career. Henri Lepage died in 1959.