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The 1894 Los Angeles - Santa Monica Road Race

As was typical, the build-up to the annual 4th of July race began days in advance - a complete list of entrants with their start times, and prize list for time and placings was announced on July 1. At that time the race was being billed as the largest road race to be held west of Chicago, with one hundred six racers expected to compete, and prizes given to the four fastest on time, and to twenty-eighth place; three special prizes were also up for the taking - a $2000 accident insurance policy to be awarded to the bicycle dealer whose three fastest wheels made the best average race time, a stein to the last man to finish within an hour, and the booby prize, a choice between a wire mattress-fed goat, or the extraction of two front teeth (not guaranteed painless) awarded to the last man to finish.

Four men would go off first - N. L. Biehl, George Dorman, Ernest Cole, Joe Burkhardt - a full twelve minutes ahead of the scratch men who, this year, were Thomas McAleer, W. M. Jenkins (defendin…

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