Percrime wrote:http://www.dailypeloton.com/displayarticle.asp?pk=2487Even though technology has improved the performance of machines, no woman has ridden faster than Burton at 25 miles (1976, 53 min 21 sec), 50 miles (1976, 1 hour 51 min 30 sec), 100 miles (1968, 3 hours 55 min 05 sec) and 12 hours (1967, 277.25 miles), and no British woman has won a world track pursuit title since Burton's last championship victory 30 years ago. Her 1967 assault on the 12-hour time trial was the more remarkable for the fact that she was pitted against men, and the distance she covered in that time was 5 3/4 miles further than the British men's record at that time. Cycling folklore has it that as she passed the leading man she offered him a stick of liquorice as "the poor dear seemed to be struggling a bit".
Percrime wrote:Cycling was not an olympic sport until the 80s. If it had been Beryl would have scooped the pool in womens golds.
Beryl Burton passed away in 1996. She was cycling’s champion of champions, and her particular forte was time trialling. Her first Championship wins came in 1958 and her last in 1986. During that period she wan a total of 72 R.T.T.C. Championships with 4 at 10 miles, 26 at 25 miles, 24 at 50 miles and 18 at 100 miles. Her total would surely have been closer to a hundred titles had the 10 mile Championship been inaugurated before the start of her reign rather than in 1978, closer to the end of it. With her tremendous ability over such a wide range of distances it was natural that she should win the Women’s B.B.A.R., and she did so for an incredible 25 consecutive years from 1959 to 1983.
gazza wrote:She overtook me in a 25 mile time trial in the late 70s!! The sweet she offered the cyclist in the 12hr event was a liquorice allsort!!
fixie wrote:Anonymous British Cyclist's ABC of Cycling
This was published in 1970. Any infringement of copyright is unintentional.
L is for LIGHTS - see and be seen - I always use a dynamo in winter.
M is for MUDGUARDS - except for racing. I can see no excuse for subjecting your body and bicycle bearings to wheel spray.
I think there is much wisdom here.
Vale Beryl Burton
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