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The New Century: Motorpacing 1900

February 18, 2013


In 1900 the rage for racing cyclists was motorpacing. The advent of motorcycles as pace vehicles led in short order to the banked tracks we now associate with velodromes. With a motorized pace vehicle a cyclist could achieve remarkable speeds over distance. The image above, from the May 20, 1900 edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer, is interesting because the motor bike is a tandem. Cincinnati’s wheelmen were early adopters of the motorcycle and many became prominent dealers in automobiles at the turn of the Century.


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