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Fists, bribes, guns and wheels: Plugger Bill Martin, cycling’s first official hard man

March 2, 2016
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William 'Plugger' Martin, winner of the first Madison Six in 1891.

One by one, the riders entered Martin’s hotel room. On the bed, bribes were laid out in piles of notes and sovereigns; Martin, loaded revolver by his side, addressed each successive visitor, stating the terms of their contract. “Quite right, Bill,” came the replies. Notes and coins changed hands and were signed for. Soon afterwards,…

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The Greatest Six-Day Bicycle Race Ever Seen

February 18, 2015
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The Greatest Six-Day Bicycle Race Ever Seen

The Irishman who won the famous Madison Six of 1896 was English. And everyone knew, except the history books.

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