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

(By Canadian Press)
TORONTO, May 7. -- 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 racxes 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.


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