Manuel F. Rose
The Acme's bicycle team which won the EXAMINER trophy in the relay race of last May consisted of ten men who rode from San Francisco to Oakland in 5 hours 48 minutes and 51 1/2 seconds. The ten men were J. A. Sampson, H. A. Maxwell, M. F. Rose, Grant Bell, J. A. Howard, George A. Faulkner, A. Belding, Theodore Schlueter, J. B. Harris and George F. Neece.
As the scratch men were nearing the finish, after a hot fight for the lead during the entire race, an accident occurred which will probably incapacitate F. M. Byrne, winner of the recent Imperial Club race, for some time to come. He was neck and neck with Jack Sampson, running close to the curbstone, with his antagonist on the outside, and M. F. Rose, his most dangerous rival, just in the rear, when Sampson began to crowd him toward the sidewalk. He tried to pass and at the same time avoid a collision, but space would not permit, and he struck the curb full force.
He was thrown violently upon the concrete walk and received a deep cut over the right eye, a badly wrenched shoulder and bruises which will make him stiff and sore for many days. His wheel was wrecked.
Though Sampson strenuously denies that there was any intention on his part to defeat Byrne by unfair means, it is known that there was a large amount of money wagered on the outcome between Rose and Byrne and both the former and Sampson are known among the cycling fraternity as "wicked" riders.
Note, the next two quotes show that "Joe Rose" was "Manuel F. Rose."
Half-mile scratch - W. R. Childs, Reliance; C. F. Orra, unattached; A. B. Pickard, M. F. Rose, A. S. McDougall and P. M. Lefevre, Acme; Charles Olson, E. H. Barbeau, Charles Rathbone and Ben Carroll, unattached.
Five-mile handicap - P. M. Lefevre and M. F. Rose, Acme, scratch; A. S. McDougall, Acme, 300 yards; A. B. Pickard, Acme, 350; J. S. Brereton, Reliance, 400; C. F. Orra, unattached, 450; W. R. Childs, Reliance, 500; Charles Olson, E. H. Barbeau, Charles Rathbone and A. W. Rice, unattached, 600; B. Carroll, T. D. Wells Jr., William Baumgarten and N. M. Graper, 650.
One-mile scratch - W. R, Childs, Reliance; C. F. Orra, Charles Olson, E. H. Barbeau, Charles Rathbone and Ben Carroll, unattached; A. B. Pickard, M. F. Rose, A. S. McDougall and P. M. Lefevre, Acme.
Joe Rose of the Acme Club Wheelmen has excited the suspicion of the racing board by what appears to have been deliberate foul riding at the Pleasanton races on the Fourth. In the first race of the day he was pocketed by Lefevre and Brereton, and Childs of the Reliance Club rode off with the event. Rose was very angry, and in the five-mile race, in which he and Lefevre were the scratch men, he to all intents and purposes succeeded in spilling his clubmate. Owing to the bad feeling which exists between the two over the trouble in the last Acme road race, Chairman Welch is of the opinion that Rose can explain the cause of Lefevre's fall. His punishment may be severe.
Pedal pushers got the populace all steamed up over the 100-mile bicycle race around San Francisco Bay, 'way back in the gay nineties? The sport of bicycling was then a real man's game, and two-wheel athletic events were not confined to the six-day race arenas. Wheelmen of the Oakland Acme Athletic Club started contesting with San Francisco teams in 1893, and returned the winner in a number of annual contests. The boys burned up the road, too. The races started at Third and Market Streets San Francisco, and the route lay via San Jose to Twelfth and Broadway, Oakland.
Time for the first year's race was five hours, 48 minutes, 51 and two-fifths seconds. This photograph shows members of the Acme Club team which won the race in 1896. (Top) JOE ROSE; (middle row left to right), WALTER DECKER, THEODORE SCHLEUTER, JIM KENNA, EDDIE SMITH, and JACK SAMPSON (lower row, left to right), GEORGE NISSEN, Team Captain AL SWAIN, M. A. SQUIRES, and JACK HOWARD. The recumbent figure in the foreground is PETE LA FEVRE. This is one of a series of photographie reminiscences of days now gone.
THOSE GOOD OLD DAYS
"A club run on 'ordinaries' was a grind. Along dirt roads, not so bad, up grade it was a case of dismount and 'shove,' down a steep grade a small tree was dragged to retard progress - if one could get the tree. Various types of hard-tired 'safeties' soon displaced the high wheels and these were followed by cushioned-tired, spring fork bicycles and then came the 'pneumatic tired' racing machine - a Phoenix, 36 pounds. Of the 10 men who rode the first 100-mile relay race around the Bay six are expected to be at the reunion: George Neece, Andy Bedburry, Theodore Schleuter, Jack Sampson, Manuel Rose and George Faulkner. Willis Sharpe was captain. ...
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