This closed-course race is about to start for nine cyclists at the Fairgrounds (aka Fairgrounds Park). This event may have taken place during the county fair typically held in September. Cycling competitions were quite common in Rockford and of varying distances: 1 mile, 3 miles, 5 miles, and 10 mile handicap races were widely held. The Rockford Cycling Club was founded in 1891 with headquarters at 604 West State Street in 1892. A similar depiction can be seen in photo 90.5.39. (Reference - Sinnissippi Saga, page 487.)
circa 1895 - 1905
Midway Village Museum
Glass Plate Negative
8" x 10"
“Bicycle Racing,” Midway Village Museum - Digital Collections, accessed September 29, 2022, https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/items/show/1236.