When Police Clamped Down on Southern California’s Japanese-American Bicycling Craze
In 1905, Cycling Brought Riverside Together but a Backlash Quickly Followed
In 1905, cyclists gathered in Riverside, California, for an inaugural meet on a new racing track. About 60 miles inland from Los Angeles, Riverside was a heralded cycling center, home to one of the largest leagues of bicyclists in the state and to frequent regional cycling competitions, but this race looked unlike any other previously promoted in the region because the new track had been funded by the Riverside Japanese Association.
The association’s brand-new Adam’s Track was supposed to promote commerce …