[CR] Re: British Cycling and World Success

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From: "Mick Butler" <pariscyclesuk@hotmail.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR] Re: British Cycling and World Success
Date: Sun, 06 Jun 2004 20:43:43 +0000

" Let's get some facts straight here. Britain does not have a history of international success in professional cycling, and in the CR period never did. Try as you will, you will not be able to build a case to show that they did. Apart from a very select group of highly gifted individuals, Britain did not enjoy any deeply seated success. I know that you will bring up Harris, and likely Porter and maybe the poor deceased Simpson, but 3 riders over the 60-70 years of concern of the CR list do not show success. If you take the top three finishers at the world championships in the two premier events, namely road and track sprint, you find Harris alone from Britain." I know I am not supposed to use this word on the list but that statement is utter " BOLLOCKS" We will start at the beginning George Mills winner of the first Bordeaux- Paris in 1891. It was thought that it would take between three and four days to complete this race they even set up camp beds along the route. Mills ignored all this and won in 26.5 hours firmly establishing this event. How about Beryl Burton probably the greatest all round racing cyclists ever. More World Championships they you can wave a stick at. Lance eat your heart out Think its just one by my reckoning. Bill Bailey, Leon Meridith, Chris Boardman Multi World Hour record holder, Graham Obree likewise, Robert Millar, Barry Hoban, Sean Yates, Max Sciandri, David Millar, Brian Robinson, Malcolm Elliot, Tony Doyle when was the last time an American won a European Six Day? Michael Wright, Graham Jones, Vin Denson, Frank Southall, Leon Meridith, Ian Steel Winner of WBP, Arthur Metcalf, Bill Bradley, Bill Bailey, Norman Sheil, Jason Queally, Yvonne McGregor, Graham Web, Colin Sturgess, Mandy Jones, Cyril Peacock, Ray Booty, Bradley Wiggins. And these are just a few I can remember off the top of my head. Think if you look back carefully you will look back in horror on your highly inaccurate statement. All Brits and several World Champions twice over not just one fluky win. Best wishes and be lucky. Michael Butler Huntingdon UK.