This badge was presented to Cyrus W. Davis, father of the donor, for his victory in the One Mile Ordinary Bicycle Race.
This badge was won by Cyrus W. Davis in an 1891 bicycle race. In this particular race, Davis rode an ordinary, a traditional high wheeler bicycle with a six foot high front wheel. While riding an ordinary was extremely dangerous and could easily lead to a fatal fall, a much safer bicycle was designed in the late 1900s, allowing bicycles to rapidly grow in popularity and utility. Because bicycles were cheaper than horses and required even less upkeep, cycling quickly became the preferable form of transportation for many. Bicycle owners formed clubs and participated in or watched professional cycling races. By 1893, bicycle races had become so popular that the Columbian Exposition had a track specially built for a week of cycle competition.