P. M. Lefevre
Son of Peter Lefevre
McFarland of San Jose was a close third, and others came straggling in at intervals. The time made by the Bay City Club for the 100 miles was 4 hours 56 minutes 12 seconds, which is 35 minutes better than the fastest time made last year. P. M. Lefevre of the Acme made the fastest time of any individual rider, covering the third relay in 24:39, which is the fastest time ever made in a relay race.
The third relay race showed hardly any difference in positions. Hammonds by fast riding brought the San Jose Road Club up two places. The leaders kept their same places, and the tail-enders theirs. Remarkably fast time was made over this relay, the slowest being 27 min. 32 sec. Lefevre, Acme, rode the best, 24 min. 39 sec., while the Garden City, Olympic and Bay City men rode in 25 minutes and a fraction. This was the fastest relay of the course, no accidents happened to any of the men, and a fine road made the riding perfect.
Rider. Club. Time. Actual
1 R. Cushing Garden C 10:21:10 25:47 2 George Fuller Olympic 10:21:49 25:06 3 J. C. Williamson Bay City 10:21:54 25:10 4 P. M. Lefevre Acme 10:23:44 24:39 5 P. G. Alexander California 10:25:15 26:09 6 R. Hammonds San Jose 10:25:44 26:19 7 C. Goodwin San Fran 10:25:53 26:46 8 P. Metcalf Imperial 10:26:15 27:00 9 Edgar Curtis Reliance 10:26:15 26:31 10 J. G. Hurley Alameda 10:31:45 27:31 Fastest time - 1894, 26:44; 1895, 28:56.
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