Crissi, Queen of courier Goldsprints

Crissima Pearce Goldsprints

In the early days of “Goldsprints”, a London female Cycle courier dominated them all, winning the women’s event in the first three, the now famous Zurich 1999 (CMWC) Goldsprints, New York Metroploco 2000 and London Goldsprints 2000. Crissi went on to win multiple  Goldsprints and Rollapaluzas remaining unbeaten until 2004. However Crissi wasn’t just a roller-race star, she was pretty much the face of the London courier scene for many years and partcipated in all forms of cycling, competing in the British track and grass-track National championships (earning a bronze medal to Victoria Pendleton) as well as pretty much every courier event going.

Crissima Pearce goldsprints 1999
Crissi wins in Zurich 1999

Crissi’s Palmares (roller racing in bold)

7th Bavarian MTB Champs ’95
1st ECMC Hamburg ’96
1st Sprint CMWC SF ’96
1st Human Powered Velodrome Vancouver Oct ’96
1st Uxbridge Ice Braker,Ontario (MTB)
1st Paris-Roubaix ’97 (Toronto Zoo-Lake Simcoe)
2nd ECMC Amsterdam ’97
2nd Human Powered Velodrome PR Vancouver Oct ’97
2nd Paris-Roubaix ’98
1st Points race Quebec Track Champs,Bromont ’98
1st Human Powered Velodrome Toronto Apr ’98
1st Sprint ECMC Graz ’98
3rd Sprint CMWC D.C. ’98
1st Human Powered Velodrome Toronto Oct ’98
1st Goldsprint Zurich ’99
2nd Sprint CMWC Zurich ’99
1st Human Powered Velodrome Toronto Oct ’99
2nd Paris-Roubaix Dec ’99 (Toronto Zoo-Lake Simcoe)
1st Goldsprint Metropoloco NYC ’00
1st Goldsprints London 2000
1st Sprint ECMC Rotterdam ’01
1st Fixed Woman 500m NYC Science Centre Mar ’02
1st Women Trackstand CMWC Budapest ‘01
1st London Courier Track Champs (Speed Skill and Sausages) ‘04

This list isn’t exhaustive, apparently the Rollapaluza archives are incomplete, it’s widely agreed that she was unbeaten until 2004 when Charlene got the better of her, plus her track nationals performances aren’t here, if you have further info on Crissi’s wins please let us know.

Crissi features in Goldsprints 1999 and Roller Race the Movie.


Mile a Minute Murphy

Mile a Minute Murphy roller racing against Tom Butler
Mile a Minute Murphy roller racing against Tom Butler Image by © CORBIS

This classic image taken in 1901 shows American cycling pioneer Charles “Mile a Minute” Murphy competing in a roller race aginst Tom Butler.  Though more famous for his one mile in one minute speed record behind a train (see links below) this image and a near identical one of him with Frank Albert show that Roller-Racing was popular, as was bike-racing in general, in late 19th early 20th century America.  This photo has in recent times made Murphy (real name Charles) a roller-racing / goldsprints  icon.

Murphy held many cycling records and medals and also performed in a touring roller-race Vaudeville act between October 1900 and January 1901 alongside another cycling legend Marshall “Major” Taylor, the first black world champion in any sport.

Mile a minute Murphy
Murphy's mile a minute record, thanks to Bikereader and Les Woodland

More about Mile a Minute Murphy:

Les Woodland on Bike Reader

Arrt’s Archives with great pictures.

Free Roller-Racing alive and well at Mildenhall

Previous Rollapaluza winner Matt Rotherham shows how it’s done on the free rollers:

Also a previous Rollapaluza winner Mark Burgess (blue) and Matt Rotherham (red) face off on the Mildenhall rollers.

In pictures, which feature roller-race legend Max Pendleton: