Among Canada’s greatest cyclists, none was so flamboyant as Torchy Peden, nicknamed on account of his flaming red hair and tendency to tear off the front.
1928 – Won numerous prestigious races on European cycling circuit
1929 – Five Canadian Amateur Indoor Titles and four records
- Turned professional
- Competed in first six-day bicycle race
1929-1948 – 148 six-day races, 38 victories
1931 – Rode mile at record speed of 73.5 mph
Great news, Casey Botman just finished a stellar restoration of Torchy’s bike for the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame. It will go on display soon in Victoria, BC.
If any of you needs inspiration to undertake a restoration, we offer this magnificent example of racing heritage, metalworking craftsmanship, elegant lines, and intense beauty. Then, please share the results!