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Torchy Peden

Full name: William John "Torchy" Peden
Gender: Male
Born: April 16, 1906 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Died: January 26, 1980 in Northbrook, Illinois, United States
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Cycling

Related Olympians: Brother of Doug Peden; Cousin of Rusty Peden.

Biography

William Peden, known as Torchy because of his red hair, was one of the early greats of Canadian cycling. He turned professional after the 1928 Olympics, and became known as a six-day racer. In his first four years he won 24 of the 48 six-days events he entered. Apart from his victories, Peden was also known for his antics during the race, often interacting with his audience. Between 1929 and 1948 he competed in 148 6-day races, winning 38 of them. He won five Canadian amateur championships in 1929 before turning pro. Peden returned to the Olympics as a coach of the Canadian cyclists. He later settled in the United States, where he worked in cycling administration and ran a Chicago sporting goods store. He is a member of the Canadian, British Columbia, and Greater Victoria Sports Halls of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Canada CAN 63
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Cycling Men's Road Race, Team Canada CAN 14
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres Canada CAN 5T

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Cycling Canada Final Standings 63 6-09:26

Men's Road Race, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TT
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Cycling Canada CAN Final Standings 14 6-09:26

Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank M
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Cycling Canada CAN Final Standings 5T
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Cycling Canada CAN Quarter-Finals Heat Three 2 at 175 metres
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Cycling Canada CAN Round One Heat Six 2 QC at 50 metres
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