George A. Nissen
G. A. Nissen, the Alameda boy who made such a good showing in the recent bicycle races at Cycle Park is now looking for broader fields. He is preparing to go to the World's Fair, and will make the trip on his bicycle.
George A. Nissen's wonderful performance of 25:45 in the ten-mile road race of the Acme Club Wheelmen last Sunday, stamps that young rider as a "speed merchant" of great ability. It is a question whether any one will be able to lower this record for a long time. To-morrow he will make an endeavor to establish a record between the Courthouse, Oakland, and San Jose, so low that no one will want to even try to beat it. The distance is exactly forty-four miles, and Nissen will make the start at 2 p. m. and will be paced by four tandems from the Diamond Cycling Club of Alameda, under whose colors it is stated he will ride hereafter. Nissen seems to be as much of a wanderer from one club to another as some of our other reputed crackerjacks, having belonged to the Alamedas, Bay Citys, Acmes and now the Diamonds. But his joining the latter club is excusable as he lives in Alameda and it is more convenient to him.
Nissen Not a Diamond.
George A. Nissen has been suspended from membership in the Diamond Cyclers of Alameda. The club's grievance against Nissen consists in the fact that he rode in the last road race under the colors of the Acme Club of Oakland, instead of tbe Alameda club. Nissen bas been a member of the Acmes for some time and was later on elected to membership in the Diamond Cyclers. He claims that he has never joined the Diamond Cyclers, but was merely elected an honorary member without having ever made application.
Will Ride a Five Mile Race With R. A. Meserole.
There is likely to be a hot race between two popular local cyclers in June, as the following challenge, handed in by George A. Nissen, will evince:
ALAMEDA, May 25, 1897. Being aware of the fact that Mr. Richard A. Meserole, Captain of the Alameda Cyclers, is anxious to obtain a match race with me, I hereby challenge him to ride me a five-mile race over the San Leandro and Haywards course, Sunday, June 6, 1897, at 2:30 P. M., for a purse of $50 or more. Now, then, Mr. Meserole, come along. I will ride a Racycle geared to 105, fitted with Palmer tires. Hoping you will accept this challenge I am yours,
GEORGE A. NISSEN
WHEELMEN of the Acme Club began racing against San Francisco riders back in 1893, (part 2) when the 100-mile jaunt around the bay was a big sports event. The 1896 team, they tell me, included Joe Rose, Theodore Schleuter, Walter Decker, Eddie Smith, Jim Kenna, Jack Sampson, George Nissen, Al Swain (who was team captain), M. A. Squired, Jack Howard and Pete Le Fevre.
The Days of '95
Last week's reminiscences, born out of scrap-book gazing, have apparently ignited the fires of memory for other oldsters, judging from the responses, so I am moved this week to continue for a bit. I wonder how many remember the athletic exhibition given at the Macdonough Theater by the members of the Acme Athletic Club on the night of December 9? Bicycling was in its heyday then, and D. Van Court was in charge of the show, the tour de force of which was a treadmill race between G. A. Nissen and Pete LeFevre, a measured distance from Redwood Canyon to the Acme Club, a distance of two miles. Bicycles were for sale everywhere then. George A. Faulkner, whose shop was at I2th and Webster, was urging all, in an advertisement, to wait for "our '96 tandem Rambler - it will be a beauty." You could get a Syracuse bicycle at 107 San Pablo Avenue; a Cleveland or a Crescent from Leavitt and Bill at 1112 Broadway; a World from the agency at 74 San Pablo Avenue; a Tribune from the Central Cyclery at 426 14th Street; a Stearns, described as "the Yellow Fellow," from C. L. Maxwell & Sons at 481 14th Street; a Marsh '96 from Charles B. Shear at 480 10th Street; a Lu-mi-num, all machines tested to 2000 pounds, at 24 San Pablo Avenue; and a '96 Lovell Diamond from C. A. Salomonson at 399 12th Street. Mr. Salomonson admitted that it was a "world beater," but in the event you didn't care to ride, he urged you to see his "bargains in the line of watches and jewelry." That seemed fair enough, since the Saddle Rock was close by at 463 12th; and it was only a step further to the establishment of E. Hook, where you could buy, of all things, carpets. Bicycling was the rage, and the votaries included De Wolf and Edna Wallace Hopper, who were playing "Wang" at the time in the bay area.