Reg Harris: The rise and fall of Britain's greatest cyclist

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Reg Harris: The rise and fall of Britain's greatest cyclist

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The victory, at the age of 27, raised huge expectations that Harris would become Olympic champion on home soil in London in 1948. Olympic injury scares At only 15 years of age Reg came second in the 1935 Beard Cup Hill Climb held at Thursden Bank only 1/5 second behind the winner. Bury section was fastest team; the team being Jimmy Battersby, Reg Harris and John Lucas. They were riding under the Lancashire Road Club banner, but in those days that club was an offshoot of the CTC.

Dineen, Robert (2012). Reg Harris: The rise and fall of Britain's greatest cyclist. London: Ebury Publishing. ISBN 978-0-09-194538-1. Such ambition helped to persuade Raleigh to offer Harris a sponsorship deal that made him synonymous with the bike manufacturer long before such sportsman-brand partnerships were commonplace. It succeeded because Harris was the consummate showman: handsome, he talked well and was careful always to present an impeccable public persona, dressing impressively and often flashing his winning smile. Introduced at the November 1948 British Cycle and Motorcycle Show, the Lenton Sports was widely praised as marking a new commitment by Raleigh towards the lighter, sporting machines in its post-war range. With the new model joining the Clubman and the Record Ace, Raleigh now offered the leading sports models in three distinct price ranges. He retired in 1957 to devote himself to business interests, none of which suited his tastes or abilities. He managed Fallowfield Stadium, renamed the Harris Stadium; he was involved in various abortive ventures associated with Raleigh; and he started a 'Reg Harris' bicycle manufacturing business in Macclesfield which lasted three years before folding. He then worked in sales promotion for the ' Gannex' raincoat company, before working for two plastic foam producers. Sturmey-Archer FM alloy shell medium-ratio hub gear OR Benelux 4-speed derailleur OR Fixed and Free, large flange rear hub.Soon his image was seen in adverts across the cycling and national press and on posters in the hundreds of bike shops in Britain then. The phrase “Reg rides a Raleigh” became known to everyone and helped to secure Harris’s fame. “He transcended his sport,” the cycling journalist Roger St Pierre said. “Reg was bigger than cycling. If you were throwing a big social event and you needed sportsmen. You would probably have invited Stanley Matthews, Billy Wright, say, and Reg. He was ‘A’ list.”

Simon joined the staff of the Association in 2007 as a Technical Officer, initially to develop the AA’s training programme. He went on to become the Editor of the ARB Magazine, helped deliver the annual Amenity Conference and the ARB Show and technical publications, as well as being an Approved Contractor assessor in his spare time! In 2015 he was promoted to his current role as Senior Technical Officer. Arguably the most famous rider to use SBDU framesets in the Classic period was the late Laurent Fignon’s Systeme U/Super U team. Fignon’s 1989 Tour de France machine returned to Raleigh in 1989 and was on display for some time in the Science Museum. The 1952 catalogue has a line Due to scarcity of materials specifications are subject to alteration without notice.Past winners of the SJA British Sports Awards". Sports Journalists' Association . Retrieved 19 October 2015. Harris's achievements are marked annually with the Reg Harris Sportive, organised by his family and friends. The inaugural event on 25 August 2013 raised money for charities. [6] Reg Harris left school without qualifications and his first job was as an apprentice motor mechanic in Bury, soon moving from the workshop to the salesroom. [3] During this period, at the age of 14, he bought his first bicycle, and entered a roller-racing competition organised by the Hercules bicycle manufacturing company.

I never thought twice about accepting the offer,' he said. Apparently he understood that guilt was corrosive. 'Acquiescing in a transaction of that nature would have started an inward deterioration that could have had only one end.'" The Lenton range was last offered to the British market in the 1961 model year. Raleigh completely revamped its sporting and racing range with new models such as the Gran Sport, the first Raleigh to feature Campagnolo 10-speed derailleur gears, and the Blue Streak with a 10-speed Benelux derailleur. The last of the Lentons appeared in the 1962 North American catalogue as the Lenton Convertible featuring a three-speed AW hub and a three speed Cyclo-Benelux derailleur combination. By 1963 the Lenton was completely out of production. That year Sturmey-Archer ceased production of their classic club and racing FC, AC, FM, AM and ASC hubs. It was truly the end of an era, not only of a remarkably successful model, but of a quintessential British form of cycling. The Lenton was gone and with it the classic British club bike. Born into a poor, working-class family during the Great Depression, Reg Harris left school early to help support his widowed mother working in a bicycle shop. But after winning a local cycling competition, Harris realised his natural abilities and began to train seriously. Working in a paper mill to fund his ambitions, Harris soon started winning enough races to leave the mill and went on to break the rules of amateurism and become the favourite for three titles in the 1948 Olympics. But Harris's dreams of gold were shattered when he was involved in a high-speed car accident that nearly left him paralysed. However, Harris's determination and drive meant he defied the odds and he went on not only to compete in the Olympics but to win two silver medals. Mudguard and Pump Fittings (under top tube) and top tube and chainstay fitting for "bare wire" Derailleur control and on down tube for gear control.By partnering with Accell Group, we work with brands all over the world to share the latest knowledge and tech, giving us insider info that helps us make our bikes the best they can be. This success saw him entered for more competitions and he repeated the process of working over the winter and racing in the summer for the next two years. In the summer of 1938 he went up against the British sprint champion and beat him – propelling him onto the national selectors’ radar. The coming of war



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