Cycling at the 1948 London Olympics

Sharky

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It's even more amazing, seeing those riders, when you consider that ww2 had only ended 3 years prior.

Most of those riders would have been doing national service for their countries and missed several years of cycling.
 
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London
Been meaning to read this book for ages.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3394665-the-austerity-olympics
don't know how much cycling features in it.

There was a very good TV doc, probably BBC4, on those games a few years ago, maybe based on that book.
I loved the tales of the cobbled together events.*

Always seems to me that what Britain achieved in the immediate postwar years (NHS etc) was as heroic as the war-years.

* A review refers to foreign football teams being told to bring their own balls :smile:
 

DRM

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West Yorks
It's even more amazing, seeing those riders, when you consider that ww2 had only ended 3 years prior.

Most of those riders would have been doing national service for their countries and missed several years of cycling.
iirc when Fausto Coppi was released from an allied POW camp, he was left in Southern Italy and having acquired a bike rode it home to Northern Italy, and later won the 1949 Giro
 
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GuyBoden

GuyBoden

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Is it a coincidence that Reg Harris, the legendary track cyclist, who was the instigator of the Manchester Velodrome is buried in the church at Chelford in Cheshire, the same village as Jason and Laura Kenny now live.

Reg Harris at the original Manchester Velodrome in Fallowfield.
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cougie uk

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Is it a coincidence that Reg Harris, the legendary track cyclist, who was the instigator of the Manchester Velodrome is buried in the church at Chelford in Cheshire, the same village as Jason and Laura Kenny now live.

Reg Harris at the original Manchester Velodrome in Fallowfield.
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Is it a coincidence that Reg Harris, the legendary track cyclist, who was the instigator of the Manchester Velodrome is buried in the church at Chelford in Cheshire, the same village as Jason and Laura Kenny now live.
Oh my. Are you suggesting some satanic ritual took place? That Reg was killed by velomancers, who infused the young Kennys with his life essence??
 
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GuyBoden

GuyBoden

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Oh my. Are you suggesting some satanic ritual took place? That Reg was killed by velomancers, who infused the young Kennys with his life essence??
Obviously, "The Secret Squirrel Club" won't divulge the facts, but is it a coincidence that Reg Harris died in 1992 and nine months later in that same year, Laura Kenny was miracously born.

Reg Harris at the (new) Manchester Velodrome.
 

Big T

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Location
Nottingham
I actually raced against Reg Harris. In his later years, after his sprint comeback, he took up time trialling and rode a 25 mile event on the old O2 course, on the A1 near Blyth in Nottinghamshire. He was off about 5 minutes in front of me. This was in the early 1980’s and Reg would have been in his sixties by then. I was around 23. I did a PB that day of 1.03.08. I can’t remember what Reg did and whether I beat him. It was a middlemarkers event, for those who had not previously 1hour 3 mins for 25 miles.
 

Sharky

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Kent
I rode the O2 a few times. I was amazed the first time I rode it, with the finish. It was a down hill sprint for the last quarter of a mile. I wonder what Reg would have clocked for the last 20 metres.
 

Smokin Joe

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I rode the O2 a few times. I was amazed the first time I rode it, with the finish. It was a down hill sprint for the last quarter of a mile. I wonder what Reg would have clocked for the last 20 metres.
That was THE course, the one everyone wanted to ride. It could be hard to make the start list as events there were always well over subscribed. I remember two clubmates travelling up from east London to try for the club's 25 mile TT record, but they caught a foul day with heavy rain and strong winds so no go.
 
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