William J. Peden

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.


Torchy Peden
Cyclist Torchy Peden (born William J. Peden). Still shot taken from the Footprints (Heritage Minute) on Peden.

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.


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