A few books have been published over the years — Freewheeling: The Story of Bicycling in Canada by William Humber; Old Roads and New by J.B. Wadley; Six Days of Madness by Ted Harper. But the most recent of these was published in 1993, and they’re all out of print.
There are other resources out there, but little of it is available online, and that’s what I’m trying to change with this project.
I have all of the books I’ve listed above, as well as some research of my own, what’s available online and a historical record of Canadian results compiled by G.A. Peters in 1972 with the help of Russ Coupland, Keith Jones, Ian Jobling and Ken Smith. This binder was sent to Peter McCaffrey in 1992 and somehow ended up at the Canadian Cycling Association offices, where I rescued it from obscurity.
I have started to compile this information on my website, and I could use some help.
There are three types of information I’m looking for: Race results, personal stories and contemporary accounts.
If you have race results for any major Canadian events — including provincial championships — please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, ideally as a spreadsheet, though I’ll take any format.
I’d also like stories about significant people in Canadian cycling history, interviews, photos, video, and newspaper and magazine clippings. Links to stuff that’s already online are fine — I don’t have time to track everything down myself.
If you want to delve directly into research, your city archives or library will have microfilm of old newspapers, or you can dig through Google’s excellent — if incomplete — newspaper archive. Here’s the Ottawa Citizen edition with the first race report from the 1936 6-day. But most of the good information out there isn’t online — it’s in people’s basements, in shoe boxes and tucked away on dusty shelves.
Once I get enough info I’ll build a website dedicated to it — perhaps even a wiki. But for now, I’d like to keep it simple.
Thanks for your help.
— Kris Westwood