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.

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