Egg, the Racing man:
"Oscar Egg was born at Schlatt near Zurich in Switzerland on
the 2nd March 1890 but moved to France when still
"On leaving school he worked as a draughtsman in Paris and bicycled
in his spare time and watched all the races he
could, on one occasion he even tried to follow the
Bordeaux-Paris racers on his bike."
"His first proper race was not on the track but on the road. This
was in the 'Premier Pas Dunlop' and it was nearly
his last as he crashed heavily. But Oscar was
determined to succeed and a few weeks later after
recovering from his injuries he entered the Asnieres-
Viarmes and won."
"In 1911 aged 21 he started in the independent classic the “Circuit
of France and he made quite an impression by winning
the first 3 stages but his successes was short-lived
as he had to retire from the race due to illness."
This turn of events caused him great disappointment
and when he got back on the bike he decided to try
his luck at the track. His success was immediate and
at the old Buffalo track in Paris on October 28th
1911 he established a new world record for the 50
kilometres in 1H 14M 47.4S.
"This was just the beginning as he attacked all the track records
and he managed to hold all the world records from
500 meters to 100 kilometres during this period."
"The next year 1912 he broke the world hour record held by Marcel
Berthet (the man the pedals are named after) by
beating his ride by over I kilometre and
establishing a new record distance of 42Km 112M.
This epic ride set in motion the electrifying duel
between the pair of them that enthralled the cycling
"A year later Berthet recaptured the hour record with a distance of
42Km 502M and this prompted Oscar to try again to
regain the record. Two weeks later on a scheduled
record attempt for the 10 kilometre after reaching
the 10K mark he decided to carry on and go for the
hour and he recorded 43Km 280M for the hour."
"This was only the start of the battle and one month later Berthet
despite a puncture on his first ride increased the
distance by a further 495M.
In less than 6 weeks the world record had improved
by 1273 meters."
"Oscar Egg then put the record on the shelf with a ride of 44Km
247M in June 1914 just 16 days before the start of
the First World War. This distance was not beaten
until 1933 by Francis Faure."
"The Swiss Cycling Federation offered Oscar a gold medal for his
record braking achievements but he declined on the
grounds that his great adversary and friend Marcel
Berthet was in the army and had no chance of beating
his world record."
"So he turned to Six Day racing and from 1915 to 1926 he raced in
28 sixes and won 8: These were: 1915 Chicago with
Francisco Verri, 1916 New York Marcel Dupuy,1921 New
York Piet Van Kempen, 1921 Paris Georges Seres, 1922
Ghent Marcel Buysse, 1923 Chicago Maurice Brocco,
1923 Paris Piet Van Kempen & 1924 Chicago Alf Grenda."
"He finally retired from racing in 1926 at the age of 36 just after
winning The Swiss sprint championship when he
defeated Ernst Kaufmann.
Upon retirement he began manufacturing racing
bicycles and components.
Palmares including road: Road 1st Paris-tours 1914.
13th Overall Tour de France 1914. 1st Milan-Modena
1917. 1st Milan-Torino 1917."
"Track World Records: 50Km 1911. Hour 1912/13/14. Kim flying start
1M 10.2S. Swiss champion 1914 & 1926 and Bol d’ Or
Paris 1924 plus three second places and three third
placing’s on the 6 day circuit and rode as a
professional for the Griffon, Peugeot and Bianchi
teams during his career.. Truly a phenomenal rider."
"Oscar Egg died in Nice France on the 9th February
1961 aged 70."
Michael Butler Ramsey UK