[Plin is right-most, middle row. - MF]
The contest was one of the cleanest ever ridden, only one feature marring the sportsmanship of the event. The guilty party was Hables of the California cyclers, who rode the sixth relay, leading through this city. He was 11 seconds behind P. Maggini at the start of the relay and nearly 6 minutes in the rear of the Oakland and New Century wheelmen. Before the relay was finished Hables had caught the New Centuries and the Oakland and Bay City wheelmen. Instead of following the course he cut off about three miles on McLaughlin avenue in East San Jose.
Because of change of pace among the New Centuries, Oaklands and Bay Citys and the unfair riding of the California Cyclers these four clubs became bunched and gained a little on P. Maggini, but made fine time through the city. Peterson took the packet at the beginning of the seventh and he gained on his opponents by nearly half a minute. The great ride against heavy odds was made by Chaboya on the eighth. He broke the record over this relay by over two minutes and that on a punctured tire. His time for his course was 26:30. He placed the packet in the hands of Dieffenbacher nearly five minutes ahead of his pursuers. While crossing the bridges on his relay Dieffenbacher punctured his tires in many places and had to change wheels with Harden, his trailer, and lost considerable time. He gave Waibel a good lead and the clever rider on the final relay sprinted down the course at a 26:18 clip, which is the record over this course.
Among those of the home boys who have signified their intention to make the trip are C. Marty, George H. Kelley, W. H. Sontheimer, N. C. Mahon, J. W. Dermody, V. Humburg, B. H. Franklin, Cleon H. Lord, P. M. Edwards, E. L. Peterson, G. Reidy, R. G. Stich, H. Semmon, George Gorman, Will Moore, Will Maggini, Burdette Sanders, Gus Belloli, Emile J. Belloli, Sherwood Rogers, F. Ontiveros, Mark Lord, P. Maggini, Ben Murphy, F. P. Schemmel, Homer Lowe, E. H. Edwards, L. Nomandin, C. E. Miller, W. R. Suelly, Carl Showalter, Willie Diefenbacher, S. Hill, Merle Gray, L. Maggini and H. Hardon.
The home boys look forward to easily adding the new cup to their already large collection. The ones who will ride as the home team are "Tessie" Waibel, Merle Gray, John Berryessa, Robert Diefenbacher and P. Maggini. These riders were members of last year's relay teams, and it is expected that they will win in the coming handicap. A ball game will also be one of the day's features at Centerville, after which the entire company will partake of a feast of pie and watermelon at the hotel.
The ride from San Jose to Centerville, a distance of 20 miles, was made at a moderate gait. The morning was ideal and every one was in good spirits. The roads were fine and the antics of a few irrepressible ones - Plinn Maggini, Ben Murphy and others - prevented the ride being monotonous, and the merry hum of a hundred tires and the whirr of wheels were inspiring to the true devotee of the wheel.
HERE are the previous records for the ride to Gilroy from the first one set by Ed Wastie in 1902 until Berryessa made his record-breaking performance in 1907:
Ed Wastie 1902 1 hr. 8 min. Pete Castro 1907 1 hr. 6 min. Plin Maggini 1907 1 hr. 1 min. John Berryessa 1907 1 hr. flat.
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