William 'Torchy" Peden

Biography

William "Torchy" Peden was arguably Canada's best cyclist. Born in Victoria B.C. in 1906, as a youth "Torchy" got his nickname because of his flaming red hair. Torchy was a natural athlete and competed in hockey, baseball and was a nationally ranked swimmer. As a young man of 20 years Peden concentrated on bicycle road racing and was a member of Canada's cycling team at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, Peden afterwards won several important races in Europe as an amateur. In particular he won bicycling championships for the one and five mile distances.

In 1929, at 23 years old he turned professional and joined the Six-Day racing circuit, becoming well known in both North America and Europe. Many a Canadian youth would race his bike down the street claiming to be "Torchy" Peden. Torchy became a household name in North America and one of the highest paid sports figures in the world. At a time when hockey and baseball sports celebrities would be making less than $10,000, Peden annual earnings exceeded $50,000.

In his first year as a pro he won 24 of the 48 races that he entered both on and off the track. A large man, at 6' 3", 220 pounds, he was a crowd favorite during the heyday of six-days madness. He won 38 of 126 races in his 19-year pro career between 1929 and 1948, a record that stood until 1965. In the 106 years of six-day racing, William "Torchy" Peden is ranked 11th in the historical classification of all six-day racers.

Known in racing circles for his exceptional strength and power as a six-day racer William "Torchy" Peden still holds the record for the most 6-day victories in one year; 10 in 1932.

The 10 Victories of William Peden in 1932
  1. Milwaukee 1 (USA) with Polly Parrot (USA)
  2. New York 1 (USA) with Reggie MacNamara (Aus)
  3. Montreal 1 (Can) with Jules Audy (Can)
  4. Toronto (Can) with Reggie Fielding (Can)
  5. Atlantic City (USA) with Franco Giorgetti (It)
  6. Montreal 2 (Can) with Reggie Fielding (Can)
  7. Chicago (USA) with Jules Audy (Can)
  8. Minneapolis (USA) with Jules Audy (Can)
  9. Milwaukee 2 (USA) with Gus Rys (USA)
  10. New York 2 (USA) with Fred Spencer (USA)

Torchy was also know as the boss of the track during six-day races and would liven the crowd by taking a pretty girls scarf or a gents hat and ride around a few laps hamming it up before returning the clothing to it owner.

William Peden did a lot to further the career of other Canadian six-day racers. Over the years he partnered with three Canadian six-day racers that had that special magic to win races. He won four races with Henri Lepage (Can) 1931 Montreal 1, Montreal 2, 1933 St Louis and Minneapolis. He won six 6-day races with his brother Douglas Peden (Can) 1937 Buffalo 1, Toronto, 1938 San Francisco, Montreal, 1939 New York 1 and Chicago II. But the partner Torchy was best known for winning with was the diminutive racer from Montreal, Jules Audy. When Jules Audy was partnered with Torchy Peden they were always the team to beat. Audy was small in stature just over 5' 4" and weighed only 120 pounds. He had excellent bike handling skills and was known to be fast and shifty during the jams trying to gain a lap on his opponents. Peden and Audy were one of the most successful six-day racing teams in the history of the event coming in 13th with 9 victories: 1931 Minneapolis, 1932 Montreal, Minneapolis and Chicago, 1934, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Toronto and Milwaukee. Their last victory was in Louisville in 1937.

During that time Peden was sponsored by the Canada Cycle & Motor Company Limited the maker of C.C.M Bicycles in Weston Ontario, with branches in Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver. In the 1930s Torchy developed a reputation as the "King of Six-day Bicycle Racing," (de Koning, zesdaagse koning).

In 1929, Peden set a world speed record on a bicycle of 81mph (130.3km/h) that stood for 12 years and in 1931 he set a motor paced world speed record for one mile.

In the latter part of his six-day career Torchy raced with younger brother by ten years Douglas Peden. In May 1939 the Peden Brother won the second to last six-day event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the Mecca for six-day bicycle racing. Together the Peden brothers won 5 races.

In his six-day career Peden won 4 races at Madison Square Garden. In 1939, 1940, 1941, Torchy won the World's Six-Day Championship.

Torchy also coached two Canadian Olympic Teams in 1932 and 1936.

Torchy Peden retired in 1948 and died in Chicago, Illinois on January 25, 1980 at the age of 73 years. He is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. In Canadian Cyclist's Top 100 of the 20th Century, William 'Torchy' Peden is ranked third behind Steve Bauer and Allison Sydor.

Arnold Devlin

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Palmares

  1. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 28---November 3, 1929, partnered with Bill 'King' Coles (USA), 2nd place.
  2. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 21-27, 1930, partnered with Lew Elder (Can), 2nd place.
  3. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 26---November 1, 1930, partnered with Reggie Fielding (Can), 2nd place.
  4. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 9-14, 1930, partnered with Al Crossley (USA), DNF.
  5. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 30---December 5, 1930, partnered with Al Crossley (USA), 4th place.
  6. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 10-15, 1931, partnered with Lew Elder (Can), DNF.
  7. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 1-6, 1931, partnered with Lew Elder (Can), DNF.
  8. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 19-25, 1931, partnered with Henri Lepage (Can), 1st place.
  9. Vancouver Six-Day Bicycle Race, July 13-18, 1931, partnered with Jimmy Davies (USA), 5th place.
  10. Portland Six-Day Bicycle Race, July 7-13, 1931, partnered with Mike Defilippo (USA), 1st place.
  11. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 12-17, 1931, partnered with Henri Lepage (Can), 1st place.
  12. Minneapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race November 19-26, 1931, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 1st place.
  13. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 6- 2, 1932, partnered with Godfrey Polly' Parrott (USA), 1st place.
  14. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 7- 3, 1932, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 4th place.
  15. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 28--March 5, 1932, partnered with Reginald McNamara (USA), 1st place.
  16. Philadelphia Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 7-13, 1932, partnered with George Dempsey (USA), 2nd place.
  17. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 17-23, 1932, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 1st place.
  18. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 2-7, 1932, partnered with Reginald Fielding (Can), 1st place.
  19. Atlantic City Six-Day Bicycle Race, July 4-9, 1932, partnered with Franco Giorgetti (Ita), 1st place.
  20. Vancouver Six-Day Bicycle Race, August 1932, partnered with Lew Rush (Can), 5th place.
  21. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 17-23, 1932, partnered with Reginald Fielding (Can), 1st place.
  22. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 3-8, 1932, partnered with Jules Audy Can), 4th place.
  23. Minneapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 16-22, 1932, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 1st place.
  24. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 3-8, 1932, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 1st place.
  25. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 28---December 3, 1932, with Fred Spencer (USA), 1st place.
  26. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 11-17, 1932, partnered with Gus Rys (USA), 1st place.
  27. Dortmunder 6-Tage Rennen, January 6-12, 1933, partnered with Bernhardt Stubecke (USA), 7th place.
  28. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 20-26, 1933, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), DNF.
  29. Saint Louis Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 8-14, 1933, partnered with Henri Lepage (Can), 1st place.
  30. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 27---March 5, 1933, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 7th place.
  31. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 11-7, 1933, partnered with Mike Rodak (USA), 8th place.
  32. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 16-22, 1933, partnered with Laurent Gadou (Can), 2nd place.
  33. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 26---May 1, 1933, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 2nd place.
  34. Detroit Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 1933, partnered with Stanley Jackson (USA), 1st place.
  35. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 8-14, 1933, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 2nd place.
  36. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 23-29, 1933, partnered with Ewald Wissel (Ger), 3rd place.
  37. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 30--November 6, 1933, partnered with Alfred Letoumeur (Fra), 2nd place.
  38. Minneapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 6-12, 1933, partnered with Henri Lepage (Can), 1st place.
  39. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 6-12, 1933, partnered with Henri Lepage (Can), 4th place.
  40. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 1933, partnered with Alfred Letourneur (Fra), 1st place.
  41. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 1934, partnered with Zenon St. Laurent (Can), 5th place.
  42. Buffalo Six-Day B cycle Race, January 22-27, 1934, partnered with Fred Ottevaire (USA), 1st place.
  43. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 25---March 2, 1934, partnered with Franco Giorgetti (Ita), 5th place.
  44. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 13-19, 1934, partnered with Tony Schaller (USA), 1st place.
  45. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 1934, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 1st place.
  46. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 6-12, 1934, partnered with Freddy Zach (Sui), 1st place.
  47. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 15-21, 1934, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 1st place.
  48. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 6-1, 1934, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 1st place.
  49. Detroit Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 3-9, 1934, partnered with Frank Bartell (USA), 1st place.
  50. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 23-30, 1934 partnered with Sydney Cozens (GBR), 3rd place.
  51. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 5-21, 1934, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 4th place.
  52. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 29-November 3, 1934, partnered with Sydney Cozens (GBR) and Godfrey 'Polly' Parrott (USA), Triple: 2nd place.
  53. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 8-14, 1934, partnered with Jules Audy (Can) and Henri Lepage (Can), Triple: 4th place.
  54. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 18-24, 1934, partnered with Jules Audy (Can) and Henri Lepage (Can), Triple: 1st place.
  55. Minneapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 2-8 1934, partnered with Jules Audy (Can) and Henri Lepage (Can), Triple: 2nd place.
  56. Kansas City Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 8-14, 1935, partnered with Piet van Kempen (Ned), 1st place.
  57. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 17-23, 1935, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 5th place.
  58. Los Angeles Six-Day Bicycle Race, March, 1935, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 4th place.
  59. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 7-13, 1935, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 4th place.
  60. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 30-May 5, 1935, partnered with Godfrey 'Polly' Parrott (USA), 5th place.
  61. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 7-13, 1935, partnered with Al Crossley (USA), 1st place.
  62. Minneapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 12-18, 1935, partnered with Max Hurley (USA), 6th place.
  63. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 22-28 1935, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 4th place.
  64. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 14-20, 1935, partnered with Charly Winter (USA), 4th place.
  65. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 28---November 3, 1935, partnered with Henri Lepage (Can), 3rd place.
  66. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 11-17, 1935, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 3rd place.
  67. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 2-8, 1935, partnered with Eddie Testa (USA), 4th place.
  68. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 3-19, 1935, partnered with Al Crossley (USA), 4th place.
  69. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 16-22, 1936, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 3rd place.
  70. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 23-29, 1936, partnered with Gerard Debaets, 5th place.
  71. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle e Race, March 16-21, 1936, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 2nd place.
  72. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 3-19, 1936, partnered with Charly Winter (USA), 7th place.
  73. Toronto Six-day Bicycle Race, April 27-May 3, 1936, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 2nd place.
  74. London Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 20-26, 1936, partnered with Southall (Eng), DNF.
  75. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 11-17, 1936, Triple partnered with Charest (Can) and Douglas Peden (Can) 6th place.
  76. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 9- 4, 1936, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 6th place.
  77. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 29 - December 5, 1936, partnered with Bob Thomas (USA), 2nd place.
  78. Minneapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 10- 6, 1936, partnered with George Dempsey (USA), 2nd place.
  79. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 11-17, 1937, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 2nd place.
  80. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 22-28, 1937, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 4th place.
  81. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 1-7, 1937, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 1st place.
  82. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 1-6, 1937, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 4th place.
  83. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 15-20, 1937, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 3rd place.
  84. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 1-7, 1937, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 2nd place.
  85. Louisville Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 15-21, 1937, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 1st place.
  86. London Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 17-22, 1937, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 4th place.
  87. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 28-October 3, 1937, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 1st place.
  88. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 10-16, 1937, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 3rd place.
  89. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 8-13, 1937, partnered with Doug as Peden (Can), 3rd place.
  90. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 30-December 5, 1937, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 3rd place.
  91. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 13-19, 1937, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 5th place.
  92. San Francisco Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 1-7, 1938, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 1st place.
  93. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 13- 9, 1938, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 2nd place.
  94. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 26-April 2, 1938, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 2nd place.
  95. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 19-25, 1938, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 2nd place.
  96. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 9-15, 1938, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 1st place.
  97. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 7-13, 1938, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 2nd place.
  98. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 28-December 4, 1938, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 2nd place.
  99. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 1-7, 1939, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 4th place.
  100. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 13-18, 1939, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 3rd place.
  101. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 28-March 6, 1939, partnered with Cecil Yates USA), 5th place.
  102. San Francisco Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 13-19, 1939, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 6th place.
  103. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 28-April 2, 1939, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 5th place.
  104. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 15-20, 1939, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 1st place.
  105. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 5-11, 1939, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 1st place.
  106. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 20-25, 1939, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 2nd place.
  107. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 24-30, 1939, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 4th place.
  108. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 7-13, 1940, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 2nd place.
  109. Columbus Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 20-26, 1940, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 4th place.
  110. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 5-11, 1940, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 4th place.
  111. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 14-20, 1940, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 2nd place.
  112. Washington Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 22-28, 1940, partnered with Cesare Moretti Jr. (USA), 1st place.
  113. Montreal Six-day Bicycle Race, October 13-19, 1940, partnered with Rene Cyr (Can), 2nd place.
  114. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 11-16, 1940, partnered with Cecil Yates (USA), 1st place.
  115. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 12-18, 1941, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 3rd place.
  116. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 2-8, 1942, partnered with Douglas Peden (Can), 2nd place.
  117. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 25-31, 1942, partnered with Charly Yaccino (USA), 3rd place.
  118. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 8-13, 1942, partnered with Alfred Letourneur (Fra), 4th place.
  119. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 27-October 3, 1942, partnered with Charles Bergna (USA), 1st place.
  120. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, Apr I 28-May 4, 1946, partnered with Jerry Rodman (USA), 6th place.
  121. Chicago Six-day Bicycle Race, October 1-18, 1947, partnered with Angelo De Bacco (USA), 5th place.
  122. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 7-13, 1947, partnered with Ferdinand Grillo (USA), 4th place.
  123. Winnipeg Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 1948, partnered with Ferdinand Grillo (USA), 5th place.
  124. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 26-March 2, 1948, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), DNF.
  125. Buffalo Six-day Bicycle Race, October 5-11, 1948, partnered with Rene Cyr (Can), DNF.
  126. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 3 -November 6, 1948, partnered with Stanley Bransgrove (Aus), DNF.

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Newspaper Articles

"Torchy" Peden And Jules Audy Triumph In Queen City's Six Day Bicycle Race

(By Canadian Press)
TORONTO, May, 1934 -- Torchy Peden, of Victoria, and Jules Audy of Montreal, won Toronto's six day bicycle race here late Saturday with 2,531 miles and three laps and a point total of 1228. One lap behind were Charlie Winter, of New York, and Frank Bartell, of Newark, NJ. It was Peden's 24th bike race.

Torchy Peden, British Columbia giant, and his tackweight partner, Jules Audy


Athletic Pedens Aspire to Olympic Berths

The Pedens of Victoria, B.C. bearing a name that is known wherever the dizzy bug of six-day bike racing strikes, have invaded the east for an assult on masses upon the Canadian Olympic trials. If they can't make the Canadian-to-Germany hop via bicycles every one of the six Peden's shown in this group still expects to move into Herr Hitler's Olympiad stadium by hook or by crook. LEFT to RIGHT, the aspiring Peden's are: Ernest, who, if he doesn't win a cycling place hopes to be included as a substitute on Canada's basketball team; Mrs. Ernest, chaperone for the entire brigade; William "Torchy", ace of the six-day track, who hopes to be Canada's cycling team coach; Douglas, given the best chance to pedal his way around Berlin; sister Eleanor who doesn't ride bikes but does swim with the best of the Pacific coast and will be coached toward the trials by Mrs. Geo. Young of Toronto; and last of all cousin Claude "Rusty" Peden, another cycle bug. Cycling trials will be held in Toronto, June 25.


Canadian Redhead Is King Of Big Board Bowl

For five years Bill "Torchy" Peden has been occupied in proving to the experts that a good big man is better than a good little man. In those five years Torchy has won 18 six-day bicycle races out of 40 starts, and today is known as the world's No. 1 rider.

The British Columbia giant (he weighs 225 pounds) was no sensational althete when he attended Victoria High School. He played rugby and hockey with fair results, finally turning to swimming in his hunt for something at which he could excel. In 1925 he became Canadian champion for the 200 yards free style, but the following year felt his form slipping and dropped out of championship competition.

During this period Torchy had been working as an automobile mechanic. The job failed to intrigue him and he left the city for the logging camps. The months that he worked in the woods probably did more than anything else to build him up into a hard-muscled, limber giant.

Shortly after he drifted into bicycle racing. The term "drifted" is used advisedly, because even Torchy cannot remember an actual incident that influenced him to turn to this form of sport. His friends became accustomed to seeing the red-head pedalling round the park every evening for hours at a time. "Just practising," he would say, and roll into the dusk.

Torchy entered the Colonist road race, annual bicycle classic of his home town, in 1926. He came second. The following year he won the race, and a friend suggested he go to Toronto for the Canadian championships.

"Well I don't know," said Torchy, in his slow manner, "I''ll have to see what Mother has to say about it before I can give you a definite answer."

Mrs. Peden suggested he wait till the following year when, more experienced, he could try out for the Canadian Olympic team at Hamilton on the same trip.

So Torchy waited.

In 1928 he made the Canadian pursuit team at the Olympic trials, went to Amsterdam. Then a set-back. Something he ate or drank the day of the big international event upset his stomach, and he was in agony for the 103 miles of the race. Naturally he didn't make the headlines.

After the Olympics, Torchy competed in races at The Hague, Warsaw, London and Southgate. He did well, and on his return to Canada turned professional. Not until April, 1931, did Torchy win a six-day bicycle race -- but from then on his record has been almost unbelievable. Among some of the feats of this mild-mannered giant have been the winning of four races in succession on two occasions and the winning of three New York classics at Madison Square Garden.

In July last year he won the trancontinental race. The distance covered exceeded 3,000 miles, yet Peden was in almost as good condition when he finished as when he started.


Six-Day Bike Race Winners

Alfred Letourner, of France, and his partner, William (Torchy) Peden, of Victoria, B.C., left to right, on their bicycles, after winning New York's 55th six-day bicycle race in Madison Square Garden, New York city, night of Dec. 2. The winners covered 2,487 miles and nine laps around the track in the grind which began the night of November 26.


Continues To Ride With Broken Rib

When Torchy Peden, mighty man of the bike race game crashed to the infield and was taken to the hospital with a broken rib and sundry minor injuries, many fans figured the big fellow was through as far as the Toronto six-day race was concerned. However, Peden fooled the wise boys and resumed his place at the wheel several hours later, to run Letourneau and Gerard a close race for honors.


Picked As Canada's Foremost Athletes In 1933

The champions of champions for 1933, in the opinion of the master minds of the Canadian sport world, are shown above. (1) "Torchy" Peden whose triumphs in the various six-day races held during the year stamped him as the best pedal-pusher now in the histories of making two wheels go round. (2) Jules Audy, ?? whose ?? history. (3) ?? , who was voted the most outstanding performer of the year. (4) ?? Pearce, sculler extraordinaire.

NOTE: Question marks ?? mean the text was too indistinct to make out.

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