|Charles "Mile a Minute" Murphy breaking the one minute barrier for the cycling mile record|
The record attempt was extremely dangerous. If Murphy fell too far behind the train, turbulence would probably knock him off the boards. A bicycle wreck at 60 milers per hour would almost certainly be fatal. In addition, the wooden planks were vibrating due to the passing of the trail. Murphy also reported the train kicked up a " Terrible storm of dust, pebbles, hot rubber and cinders." Nonetheless, he was able to travel one mile in 57.8 seconds, and became forever known as "Mile a Minute" Murphy. When he heard about Murphy's exploit, Major Taylor indicated he wanted nothing to do with riding behind trains.