The Bicycle Races at Stockton. - San Francisco Chronicle, 05 Jul 1889
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STOCKTON, July 4. - The joint meet of the Oak Leaf and Bay City Wheelmen brought here to-day a large number of Bay City wheelmen and others from different sections of the State. The bicyclists made a great feature of the parade this morning, their wheels being gayly decorated. The races were called at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the baseball park, a large crowd of people being present. The officers of the day were: R. M. Welch, referee; George H. Strong, C. C. Moore, T. E. Richardson, judges, E. Mohrig, W. H. McKee, Ed Alams, timers; F. W. Leadbetter, B. W. Moore, umpires; F. W. Pierson, E. Bartholomew, clerks; Dan Weaver, C. L. Angell, scorers; F. E. Richardson, starter. The track was in fine condition, but the weather was warm for the visitors, who found racing hard work. Several records were broken and the meet was very successful in every way.
The first race was the one-mile novice race, the coast record being 2:54. The starters were, S. E. Mastick, Oberlin Club; Al Col, Garden City Club, W. R. Lippett, same: Thomas Doane, Bay City Club, and W. H. T. Durant, unattached. All raced in a bunch until the last lap, when Doane spurted, winning in 3 m., Al Col second.
The second race was a quarter-mile dash, the coast record being 37 2-5 seconds. The starters were T. W. Gilmour and C. W. Hammer of the Bay City Club: J. E. Southworth and J. E. Hickenbotham of the Oak Leafs. Hickenbotham won in 40 1-5 seconds, Hammer second, Gilmour third.
The next race was the two-mile League of American Wheelmen's State championship race, the coast record being six minutes. The starters were: F. E. Southworth, Oak Leaf Club; W. G. Davis of San Francisco, and R. W. Turner of the Bay City. Turner led off, closely followed by Davis, who saved himself on the first mile, which was made in 3:28. Turner was allowed to lead until crossing the line for the last lap, when Davis ran away from him, winning the race easily in 6:48.
The last race being a disappointment, it was announced that in the next race, one mile, safety, League of American Wheelmen State championship, the coast record being 3:10 4-5, unless 3:10 was beaten no medal would be awarded.
The starters in the fourth race were: A. L. Wulff, Oak Leaf: C. B. Lakenau, unattached; C. P. Fonda, San Francisco; W. A. Shockley, C. N. Langton and Sanford Plummer of the Bay Citys. Lakenau and Fonda drew out when it is seen that they were not in the race and Plummer took the lead to the last lap, when Shockley made a fast spurt, leading to the finish in 2:59 1/2, Plummer a good second, Wulft last.
The net was a half-mile handicap, with a coast record of 1:22. The starter were: W. G. Davis, scratch: J. E. Hickenbotham. twenty-five yards; C. W. Hammer, twenty-five yards; T. W. Gilmour, fifty yards; W. T. Durant, seventy yards; Al Col, seventy-five yards, and L. C. Black, unattached, seventy-five yards. Al Col won in 1:20 2-5, breaking the coast record, Hammer second, Durant third.
A three-mile handicap race was next on the programme, and it was interesting to the Stocktonians, who had an entry against the fast ones. The coast record against them was 9:7 2-5., which remains the record. The starters were Southworth, scratch; L. G. Hodgkins of the Bay Citys, seventy-five yards; Doane, 150 yards; Lippett and Mastick, each 200 yards. F. E. Southworth made a good race, winning easily in 9:29. Hodgkins was second and Mastick third.
The two-mile safety handicap, the coast record being 6:31 4-5, had four entries, but Wulff and Lakenau, who were placed at scratch, said the allowance of 125 yards to Shockley was to much, and refuse to run. Shockley and Langton started at scratch, and Shockley won in 6:25, breaking the record.
The last race was one mile, scratch, the coast record being 2:48 1/2. Davis, Hammer and Hickenbotham entered. Davis won in the slow time of 3.11. Hickenbotham a good second.
A tournament drill and ball are being enjoyed to-night at the pavilion by an immense crowd. The programme includes a fancy bicycle drill by the Bay City Wheelmen, drill by the Oak Leafs, trick riding by Ed Adams, promenade concert and dance. The meet has been a great success and pleased everybody.
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