Sport: Grind

In the final hours of the 55th International Six-Day Bicycle Race in Manhattan's Madison Square Garden last week it was necessary to watch only two of the ten teams whirling around the pine-board saucer. They were the red-jerseyed team of Peden & Letourner, and the red-white-&blue clad Hill & Debaets.

Tied for first place, each team had gained the same number of laps over the rest of the pack. William John ("Torchy'') Peden, 27, a rangy Canadian with a flaming mop above his scarlet jersey, was the tallest, heaviest (216 lb.) rider in the race....

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