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    1903 - A Bridge from the 19th Century

    Thanks to the latest newspaper archives becoming available online another London race emerges from the cobwebs.

    Details are very sketchy but slowly the odd sentences and paragraphs are being pieced together. And it now seems clear that this was the first British two-man six day race. A claim that was previously made about the 1923 race at Olympia.

     

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    Based upon the few references available it seems that around 1902 an indoor track (velodrome) was built at . It was first used for racing on 24-Nov-1902 (report in Yorkshire Telegraph and Star 25-Nov-1902). It was also in use during January 1903 for racing over shorter distances (reports in The Evening News 12-Jan-1903 and La Presse 25-Jan-1903).

    The 1903 London six day race was contested over 6 hours per day (one report says 3 hours but the distances are too great) and started on Monday 2nd February with these competitors -

    Team A - Martin (England) and Hall (England)
    Team B - Anderson (Denmark) and Hinz (Poland)
    Team C -
    (England - photo opposite) and Buisson (France)
    Team D - T Webber (England) and Gilbert (England)

    Unidentified riders and reserves
    Carapezzi (Italy) replaced Buisson
    Hodgkinson (England?) replaced Anderson according to one report
    Jacquelin (France?)
    Meyer / Mayer (Germany?)

    Hall is most likely who was reported as racing there in January (Sheffield Daily Telegraph 5-Jan-1903)

     

     

     

     

    Miles

    Laps

    1. HALL

    -

    MARTIN

    137

    13

    2. BARDEN

    -

    BUISSON

    137

    13

    3. WEBBER

    -

    GILBERT

    137

    -

    4. ANDERSON

    -

    HINZ

    136

    10

    La Presse (Paris, France) At the end of Day 1 the leaders were -

     

     

     

     

    Miles

    Laps

    1. HALL

    -

    MARTIN

    272

    12

    2. BARDEN

    -

    CARAPEZZI

    272

    12

    3. WEBBER

    -

    GILBERT

    272

    11

    4. ANDERSON

    -

    HINZ

    215

    15

    La Presse (Paris, France) At the end of Day 2 the leaders were -

     

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    Miles

    Laps

    1. HALL

    -

    MARTIN

    413

    7

    2. BARDEN

    -

    CARAPEZZI

    413

    7

    3. WEBBER

    -

    GILBERT

    413

    6

    La Presse (Paris, France) At the end of Day 3 the leaders were -

     

     

     

    Miles

    Laps

    1. HALL

    -

    MARTIN

    554

    1

    2. BARDEN

    -

    CARAPEZZI

    554

    1

    3. WEBBER

    -

    GILBERT

    553

    1

    4. ANDERSON

    -

    HINZ

    301

    4

    La Presse (Paris, France) At the end of Day 4 the leaders were -

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    Miles

    Laps

    1. HALL

    -

    MARTIN

    695

    5

    2. WEBBER

     

    GILBERT

    696

    3

    3. BARDEN

    -

    CARAPEZZI

    691

    2

    La Presse (Paris, France) At the end of Day 5 the leaders were printed as shown - but clearly the miles for Webber-Gilbert are wrong.

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    BL_0000468_19030204_017 4-Feb-1903 A reference to Edmond Jacquelin?

    1903_mauto_stampa_sportiva_1903 La Stampa Sportiva

    The distances should be miles not kilometres

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    The six-days cycling race, six hours a day, on the relay system, at Alexandra Palace, ended on Saturday in a narrow win for Hall and Martin (England), 839 miles, or an average of 23 miles per hour for the 36 hours. Another English pair, in Webber and Gilbert, were second, only one mile behind the winners. C. F. Barden covered the greatest distance of any single rider, but he was hampered by having a poor partner. The Australasian (Melbourne) Saturday 21 March 1903

    But some of the sources are hard to interpret ...

    “Les St'x-JoKrs à Londt'es. Cette fastidieuse- épreuve vient de se tsfminor paf la victoire de l'équipe H&M-Martîn, couvrant 839 miHes; 2 Wobber-Gibbert, 3 Barden-Carapézzi,”

     

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    Miles

    1. Tommy HALL

    -

    ? MARTIN

    839

    2. T WEBBER

    -

    ? GILBERT

    838

    3. [Charles F] BARDEN

    -

    [Anteo] CARAPEZZI

    819

    4. 

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    Illustration from Cycling magazine of “Incidents of the Six Days’ Race at the Alexandra Palace, held last week” (Thanks to Nick)

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