H. E. McCrea

From Wooljersey


The end of the fourth relay saw the Olympics in first position. Allan Jones rode it for them and he and the Bay City man, McCrea of Los Angeles, rode together, exchanging pace up to the fifth mile, when McCrea's tire punctured. He said nothing, but kept on as best he could, though it was hard work. When Jones realized what had happened he lit out and soon left the Los Angeles flier behind. The latter rode on a mile nore when he met a rider on an old model wheel, heavy and cumbersome, with bell, brake, lamp and all the usual attachments of a tourist's mount. It was better than his own flat-tired wheel though, so he quickly dismounted and requested an exchange, which was readily granted, and he was off again at a good speed and made up all but a minute of the time he lost by his accident.

Had his trailer been near at hand, he being supposed to start a minute behind him, he would not have lost so much, but the trailer, George Dixon, also had a puncture and was nowhere in sight when McCrea most needed him.

Crafts, the Acme man, made the best time of the relay, 26 min. 36 sec.

Rider. Club. Time. Actual
1 A. N. Jones Olympic 10:49:10 27:21
2 J. E. Lawrence Garden C 10:21:49 25:06
3 G. H. Crafts Acme 10:50:20 26:36
4 H. E. McCrea Bay City 10:50:22 28:28
5 John Wing San Jose 10:52:35 27:51
6 J. W. Harvey California 10:53:03 27:48
7 N. Ackerman San Fran 10:54:35 28:42
8 C. R. Griffiths Reliance 10:55:00 28:45
9 E. C. Barley Imperial 10:55:02 28:47
10 E. M. Whalley Alameda 10:59:45 28:00
Fastest time - 1894, 27:50; 1895, 26:59.

WELLS WON FOR THE BAY CITYS. - For the Second Time This Club Gets the Relay Cup. 100-mile relay race - The San Francisco Call, 13 Apr 1896