On Thursday, November 6 at 7 pm, John Strough will speak at the Chapman Museum in Glens Falls NY, about the short but fascinating career of local bicycle racer, Harry Elkes, who achieved great fame but died tragically at a young age. The program is free and open to the public.
Born in Port Henry on Lake Champlain, Harry started racing on 10 and 25 mile dirt courses when he was eighteen. By 1898 he was winning races and setting records. For two years he raced with great success in Europe, before returning to the United States to tackle distance events and the one mile record.
In 1903, while handily setting a new record in a lap race in Boston, Harry Elkes had an accident and was killed. The following year fellow racers donated prize money toward a suitable monument to mark his grave in Glens Falls Cemetery.
The Chapman Museum is located at 348 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY. Programs are funded in part by the Town of Queensbury and the City of Glens Falls. For more information call (518) 793-2826.