“One, Two, Three, Go!”


“One, Two, Three, Go!” — Now They are Off — Watch ‘Em.

The great relay bicycle race against time, from Washington, D.C., to Pittsburg, Pa., is in progress today, and wheelmen in all this section of the country are excited over the outcome of the event.

The distance to be covered is about 400 miles and the race is run to determine the efficiency of a bicycle service in time of war, should it ever happen that communication by rail, telegraph on horseback were rendered impossible. The race is under the auspices of the Pittsburg Leader, and Mr. T.S. Fullwood, of that paper, have been over the route arranging the details.

Messrs. Le Roy Hayes and Burton C. Shildkneck, of Hagerstown, who are to ride the relay from Frederick to Middletown, arrived here last night and today are at the City Hotel. The riders of the first relay left Washington at 2 o’clock this afternoon and will reach Frederick at 6.15 o’clock this evening by way of Ridgeville and New Market.

A detachment of the 2nd Separate Company Washington Military Cyclers arrived here this morning and will send a relay to New Market this afternoon to relieve the relay at that point and ride in to Frederick. Messrs. Hayes and Shildneck will leave immediately upon the arrival of the New Market relay and expect to reach Middletown in 45 minutes. A relay will then ride to Boonsboro in 50 minutes, one from Boonsboro to Hagerstown in 40 minutes and at Hagerstown a relay of Cumberland men will ride to Cumberland, from there the ride to Pittsburg being made by Pittsburg century riders.

President Benjamin Harrison

The riders in the relay carry a message written by President Harrison and it is expected that the ride will be completed by noon tomorrow. Frederick Futterer will carry the letter from Middletown to Boonsboro, accompanied by two others; from Boonsboro to Hagerstown Chas. Johnson will deliver the letter.

The Daily News (Frederick, Maryland) Sep 2, 1892

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One Response to ““One, Two, Three, Go!””

  1. 1892: The Launch of a Bicycle Relay Race Between Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh – Transportation History Says:

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