June 11, 2011 1 Comment
Among Canada's greatest cyclists, none was so flamboyant as Torchy Peden, nicknamed on account of his flaming red hair and tendency to tear off the front.
1928 - Won numerous prestigious races on European cycling circuit
1929 - Five Canadian Amateur Indoor Titles and four records
1929-1948 - 148 six-day races, 38 victories
1931 - Rode mile at record speed of 73.5 mph
Great news, Casey Botman just finished a stellar restoration of Torchy's bike for the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame. It will go on display soon in Victoria, BC.
If any of you needs inspiration to undertake a restoration, we offer this magnificent example of racing heritage, metalworking craftsmanship, elegant lines, and intense beauty. Then, please share the results!
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November 02, 2021
A job well done by Casey Botman.
My deceased father Gordon who bought this bike from Torchy in the early 1940’s would be pleased that I’ve donated it and found a ‘good home’ with the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame.