Strange Trivia in Sports - Bicycle Racing
Some strange trivia, facts, records, and events in the history of the sport of Bicycle Racing.
Tsugunobu Mitsuishi of Tokyo, Japan, set the slow cycling record by staying stationary for 5 hours 25 minutes. This phenomenal record, set in 1965, seems to have discouraged competition in the sport.
Old-time 6-day bicycle champion Bobby Walthour, broke his left collarborne 18 times, and his right collarbone 28 times in competition. During his career, he amassed 46 stitches on his legs, and 69 stitches over his face and head. Also, Walthour endured 32 fractured ribs, 8 broken fingers, and a broken thumb. He was considered fatally injured 6 times and twice pronounced dead--but lived on.
At an 1898 6-day "Go as You Please" race in Madison Square Garden, Charlie Miller pedaled 2,093.4 mi. So many of his rivals were hospitalized for exhaustion that public fury just about put an end to the 6-day bicycle races.
The record for the highest speed on a bicycle was set by Frenchman Jose Meiffret. On July 19, 1962, at Freiburg, West Germany, Meiffret pedaled at a rate of 127.243 mph. Meiffret was 50 years old when he set the mark.
Sheila Young of Detroit was the 1st woman from the U.S. ever to win a world cycling title. In fact, her 1973 victory in San Sebastian, Spain, was the 1st cycling championship won by any U.S. entry since 1912. Six months earlier, 23-year-old Miss Young had captured the world title in the 500-m. speed ice skating event at Stromsund, Sweden. She was the 1st person ever to win in world championship competition in both sports. Originally, Miss Young took up cycling to condition her body for ice skating. Her brother, Rodger, was a cyclist on the 1972 U.S. Olympic team in Munich.
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