Canadian Cycling Magazine

Vintage Velo

Pace Follower


During the Great Depression, Reggie Fielding earned enough money to take care of his family through track racing. The Toronto rider competed in six-day races with the legendary Torchy Peden. He also rode in motorpace events on this ccm Pace Follower.

During a motor-pace race, cyclists follow motorcycle­s around a track. They can cover distances as far as 100 km and hit speeds of 80 to 110 km/h. The best bike for motor pacing has a reversed front fork, like the Pace Follower. It also has a long stem, a short saddle that sits farther forward compared with a regular bike and a smaller front wheel. All these features helped Fielding to ride closer to the pace vehicle, which gets him the maximum draft. The more nestled in the slipstream the cyclist is, the less energy he has to expend throughout the race.

Fielding’s Pace Follower is a custom version of the ccm Flyer, the Canadian company’s top racing model. ccm built its bikes in the town of Weston, which is now part of Toronto. This Pace Follower found its way into the collection of another Toronto bike maker: it was owned by Mike Barry, founder of Mariposa Bicycles. In fact, Barry and his partner, John Palmer, built some of their first bikes in 1969 with steel that came from the shuttered ccm facility, which stopped making racing bikes in 1955.— MP

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