Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Date Started: August 5, 1904
Date Finished: August 5, 1904
Format: Final only.
The five mile race was spoiled by a large crash, precipitated by the rough riding of [Joel Nash McCrea] of Springfield, Illinois. For his rough riding, he earned the nickname, )Crash McCrea.) The Bicycling World noted that )he does not seem to be a vicious rider, but simply 'rides all over the track' and is dangerous for that reason.) The crash took out the best riders in St. Louis in 1904, notably [Marcus Hurley], [Burton Downing], [Teddy Billington], and [Oscar Goerke]. It was noted, however, that they deserved this somewhat because they rode near the end of the pack for much of the race, and thus were susceptible to a crash. The crash occurred on the penultimate lap when McCrea swerved into the rider alongside him and they struck two other riders. Hurley, Downing, Billington and Goerke were behind them and fell over the fallen riders. [Charles Schlee], of Newark, New Jersey, had been in last place, as was his customary strategy, but escaped the fall and he and [George Wiley] of Syracuse, New York, fought out the championship on the last lap. Wiley led going around the last turn but Schlee overhauled him in the straight and won by five open lengths.
|1||Charles Schlee||30||United States||USA||Gold||13:08.2|
|2||George Wiley||23||United States||USA||Silver||at 5 lengths|
|3||Arthur Andrews||27||United States||USA||Bronze|
|4||Julius Schaefer||United States||USA|
|AC||Marcus Hurley||20||United States||USA||DNF|
|AC||Burton Downing||19||United States||USA||DNF|
|AC||Oscar Goerke||21||United States||USA||DNF|
|AC||Teddy Billington||21||United States||USA||DNF|
|AC||J. Nash McCrea||17||United States||USA||DNF|