Cumberland, Maryland (Sports)
9. When was bicycle racing popular in the Cumberland area? Where was it held? Who were the leading participants in this sport?
The bicycle racing event of the season had been arranged for Tuesday, August 24, 1897, at the Tri-State Race Track in South Cumberland. There would be sixteen events. Entered so far were John Goldsworthy, Hanson Willison, Lee Beale, and Victor Darnell. In 1899 bicycle races were held at the South End Track under sanction of the League of American Wheelmen. Mr. Arch C. Wilson, former president and vice president of this organization, was in charge. Ten events were held with the winners as follows: the mile novice, Edgar Wise,a medal; one mile match race, W. M. Hewitt; one-half mile match race, Moses Taylor; one-half mile race for Black participants, Alfred L. Dudley, winner, five dollars; one-third mile professional, Hanson Willison, five dollars; one-half mile amateur, Harry Murray, five dollars; one-half mile professional, Hanson Willison, eight dollars; three mile amateur, Hall, five dollars; one mile professional for the county championship won by Hanson Willison, a medal; one mile amateur won by Gunning, a medal; one-half mile match race, horse against bicycle, won by Hanson Willison in time of 1.20 1/4, prize, ten dollars. On August 28, 1896 at Frostburg, a bicycle race for the championship of Allegany County was held. The race was one mile and was between Hanson Willison of Cumberland and John Goldsworthy of Frostburg. Both men were neck and neck for almost the entire race. But Goldsworthy, near the finish line, showed extra effort and finished the winner by one bicycle length. The winner's time was 2.22 3/4 minutes. On January 20
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976