T. A. Griffiths is a young man, and is just at that age when, if carefully handled, he will develop into a first-class man.
The local riders are all in fine fettle, and make no secret of their intentions to keep as many trophies at home as possible. C. S. Wells, the two Terrills, T. A. Griffith and Tom Hall of the Bay Citys are in particularly good trim and constitute a formidable contingent. Considerable is expected of Wells. He is no green hand st the business by any means, and is a dangerous competitor in any sort of a race. Next to Zeigler of San Jose he won most of the prizes contested for last year, and is still after medals and glory.
Griffith, the speedy rider, who broke the world's record for his ten miles in the relay, covering the distance in 26:14, promises to make things hum in the mile handicap and two-mile race.
The great relay race of last Sunday has been run over again every night the past week at the different clubs, and it is generally admitted that the Bay City Wheelmen won the cup on their merits. Their team was strong from beginning to end, and they could have won by a much larger margin but for the unfortunate fall of T. A. Griffiths at the start of the fourth relay. Last year Griffiths made this relay in 26 min. 44 sec., which was then a world's record for ten miles. Sunday, owing to his injuries, he could do no better than 29 min. 48 sec., a difference of over 3 minutes.
A very good picture is presented herewith of the winning team, that of the Bay City Wheelmen, the personnel of which is as follows:
T. A. Griffiths, 21 years, 155 pounds; C. S. Wells, 26 years, 190 pounds; Archie Reid, 24 years, 180 pounds; W. A. Terrill, 20 years, 180 pounds; T. S. Hall, 19 years, 146 pounds; H. F. Terrill, 21 years, 180 pounds; F. G. Lacey, 20 years, 130 pounds; A. J. Menne, 19 years, 142 pounds; E. Languetin, 22 years, 130 pounds; E. Ulbricht, 33 years, 160 pounds, Average age, 22 1/2 years; average weight, 159 3-10 pounds.
The start was made promptly at 2:30 P. M. on the county road, just outside San Mateo, where a large crowd had assembled. To assist and encourage the rider, tandem pacing was introduced, the team that led him from the start being H. F. Terrill and T. A. Griffiths. A terrific pace was set and Wells was soon out of sight of the starting point. Two miles down the road another tandem team was put in, ridden by S. B. Vincent and E. Languetin. Being fresh they made the gait equally as fast as the other team, which, by the way, contrary to all precedent, kept right up and continued to assist in leading Wells along to glory.
Owing to the death of T. Alfred Griffiths, a prominent member and racing man of the club, the fourteenth anniversary party of the Bay City Wheelmen, which was to have been held at the Palace Hotel maple room this evening, has been indefinitely postponed.
Mr. Griffiths was an old and popular member of the club. He has carried its colors to victory in scores of road and track events.
He was first taken ill with an affliction about a year ago. A trip to Honolulu afforded him no relief, and since his return he has been gradually sinking, until the end came yesterday morning.
The funeral will take place to-morrow at 2 o'clock from the family residence, 34 Liberty street.
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