New York, June 29 -- The end of a brilliant career as a cyclist was threatened when Laurant Gadou, 18-year old member of the Quillicot Bicycle Club of Montreal, one of the most promising professional cyclists ever developed in that city, suffered a serious mishap during a race in Montreal recently.
Gadou, known to his clubmates as "Tibby," was run over by a truck and four of his toes were amputated at the Notre Dame Hospital. The accident probably will cut short a promising career that was regarded as highly promising. Gadou had been racing for only four years, but last summer he showed such brilliant form in races at the Velodrome that he was signed for the six-day race at the Forum last fall.
Annihilating space at a clip of 81 miles an hour in one of the most sensational finishes ever witnessed on a bicycle, William "Torchy" Peden of Victoria, Canada, one off the entrants in the Minneapolis six-day race which starts here November 17, today pedaled the mile in 48.45 seconds to shatter the world’s record.
Mounted on the insensate stead with which he hopes to beat some of the best riders in the world here next week, the big titian haired giant consummated one of the most amazing speed trials in the history of bicycle riding over Highway 52 near Fort Snelling this morning before a crowd of started and incredulous spectators. Peden took his place behind a specially constructed windbreak attached to the rear of an automobile. The car was driven by Willie Spencer former world bike champion. The timers were Major Merle P. Schillarstrom of Fort Snelling and H. E. Young of Minneapolis.
Three times he started before he could get up the acceleration necessary to crack the record. On his second trial he blew a tire while going along at a fairly brisk clip, and the crowd saw the bicycle and rider banging headlong to injury. But Peden checked his mount, changed the tire and on the next trial was off to complete the record breaking test.
The test was made over a 2 ˝ mile course. It required about three quarters of a mile before Peden could set up the speed required to breeze the mile in the fast time of 48.45 seconds. As he whizzed past the finish line he was pedaling at a rate of 81 miles an hour, his 212 pounds of meat and brawn putting every ounce of effort into the test. He was riding a bike with a gear ratio of 150 revolutions.
The old record of 1 minute 41.5 seconds was made in 1917 by Mennus Bedell in Philadelphia.
The longest bicycle road race the past quarter of century will be staged from St Cloud to Minneapolis this Saturday with 45 pedalers competing. The race is being sponsored by the Minneapolis Junior Association of Commerce and the St Cloud Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Starts at Breen
The race which will be approximately 75 miles will start at 10am from the Breen Hotel St. Cloud with the riders following Highway No. 3 to the city limits then on Broadway to Washington south to third avenue and then to the Auditorium.