Clint R. Coulter
Early in the season Messrs. Reynolds and Coulter of Toledo left that city to ride to San Francisco entirely by bicycle. In Nebraska Coulter took part in several races and showed considerable speed.
On reaching Denver he rode in more races and remained for the national tournament. He showed up there so well that the wheel manufacturer who was backing him had him give up the long tour and follow racing the rest of the season. Coulter was quite successful, too, and at this moment is in Denver trying for records, His partner, Reynolds, returned to Toledo at once when the trip was abandoned.
C. R. Coulter is a Toledo, O., boy and his father was a '49er who came to San Francisco when the few domiciles here were tents, but who returned East after making a stake. Young Coulter is twenty-one years old, stands 5 feet 11 1/2, inches, and weighs 185 pounds. He began riding a wheel in 1892, and racing on July 4th last.
Coulter started with another Toledo boy named Reynolds to ride across the continent, and the former's experience after finding himself a "speed merchant" is thus related :
"On my way out I struck Kearney, Neb., on the Fourth of July, the date of the State L. A. W. meet. I went into the Class B races with a 29-pound road wheel," says Coulter, "and won the open races over Boles of Denver and other good riders.
"Then I went in for the State record, and rode a standing start unpaced mile in 2:19, which became the world's record for a four-lap track at that time.
"From Kearney I rode on to Denver, and went into training there for the national meet. I won several prizes before the meet which made Ziegler the champion, and won all but one of the trial heats I went into, but only got three thirds in the finals.
"At Council Bluffs, Iowa, having gone there from Denver, I was more successful, winning four open events and two handicaps, and I also got the Iowa State record for the mile in competition, the time being 2:18.
"From. Council Bluffs I went onto the Eastern circuit and captured thirteen firsts, seven seconds and five thirds, being unplaced but twice."
Mr. Coulter rode alone all through the circuit, having two team mates to help him along. His prizes for the three months he was racing amounted to $2,600, and his best work was a mile, standing start, unpaced, ridden on the Denver track in 2:12, and the half in 59 2-5 seconds.
Three world's records at Louisville; 14 firsts, 10 seconds, 9 thirds, and 1 fourth—C. R. Coulter and his M. & W.-shod Falcon have done that well according to data in hand. Perhaps they have done even better. Coulter started awheel from Toledo in 1894 to see the western country. En route he raced a bit. At Denver he stopped—he was too good a racer to continue west. This season he has followed the path in a very wide field, covering more than 34 meets between Massachusetts and the Pacific. He is one of the big-hearted fellows in the racing fraternity. His three-quarters, flying start, paced, in 1:18 1/5 (world's record), at Louisville, November 4, indicates his great speed.
Coulter, the crack Eastern racer, rode the fifth for the Olympics and barely maintained their lead by reason of a misfortune which befell his wheel just before the start. He was obliged to borrow another, which was not suited to him, and rode his course under difficulties. The finish was almost a tie between him and the Garden City rider, Hubbard, whom he beat by a few inches, and so was given first position.
Rider. Club. Time. Actual
1 C. R. Coulter Olympic 11:15:44 26:34 2 Al Hubbard Garden C 11:15:44 26:19 3 A. J. Menne Bay City 11:15:47 25:25 4 E. J. Smith Acme 11:17:47 27:27 5 Ray Hogg San Jose 11:17:49 25:04 6 H. Sternberg California 11:18:25 25:22 7 L. S. Leavitt San Fran 11:20:34 25:49 8 P. R. Mott Reliance 11:21:54 26:54 9 T. Alboselle Imperial 11:24:00 28:38 10 M. E. Gaines Alameda 11:29:18 29:33 Fastest time - 1894, 27:55; 1895, 28:13.