Tony Pizzo: New York to Los Angeles & return

This is the first in a series that I’m grandly calling The Cycle Touring Hall of Fame. Here’s Tony Pizzo in the spring of 1920. He’s a sailor and on his way through Washington DC on a Coast-to-Coast bicycle tour: handcuffed to his machine. The handcuffs were sealed by Mayor Hylan in New York April 24th and are not to be opened until his return to that city.

I don’t approve of sponsored bike rides, but if someone were to reenact Pizzo’s journey I’d be very tempted make an exception to encourage such a crazy endeavour.

Source: Library of Congress

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  • Terry

    I have contemplated such an endeavor. That man up there is my great grandfather! Our family has talked about this my whole life. I must say that I am feeling the challenge. What an amazing man. He was facing discharge from the Navy due to Tuberculosis. Instead he came up with this idea and was able to stay working for his family “recruiting” so to speak.

    • Richard

      I would love to acquire more specific info about Tony Pizzo’s life. I am historian for the factory that made the first bike he rode in 1919(Crown)