William J. Peden, "Torchy," cyclist (b at Victoria, BC 16 Apr 1906; d at Chicago, Ill 25 Jan 1980). As a youth, Peden participated in several sports and was a nationally ranked swimmer. A member of Canada's cycling team at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, he afterwards won several important races in Europe. He turned professional in 1929 and joined the Six-Day racing circuit, achieving acclaim in North America and Europe. A large man, he was a crowd favourite during the heyday of this unusual sport. He won 38 of 148 races between 1929 and 1948, a record that stood until 1965.