Beryl Burton OBE Cyclist Extraordinaire 1937-1996

This Leeds lady won no less than seven World Championship gold medals for cycling. Beryl Burton also beat the Men’s record for 12 hour time trialing covering 277 miles at an average speed in excess of 23 mph.

If she were still alive she wouldn’t need to be appealing to be in the team for the Rio 2016 Olympics unlike Varnish, King, Cummings and co, she would be a cycling shoe-in.
In 1972 Beryl competed with her daughter Denise when they were both selected for the British team in the World Championships. In 1976 Denise beat her mum into second place in the British Cycling Road Race Championships.

There is a fuller biography of this top Yorkshire cyclist on Cycling Info called Great Moments of Cycling

As the Daily Peleton puts it ‘DETERMINED in her aims, but modest in her claims of success…’  which sums up the qualities of Yorkshire folk.

Cycling Yorkshire Dales

The 2008, British Cycling Road Race championships were held in Duncombe Park North Yorkshire.  Nicole Cooke won her ninth consecutive National Women’s Road title in North Yorkshire but she needs many more wins to catch up with Beryl Burton. Rob Hayles won the Men’s race.

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2 Responses to Beryl Burton OBE Cyclist Extraordinaire 1937-1996

  1. Tejvan August 14, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    Indeed few men cyclists could beat her 12 hour record, even today with all the latest aerodynamic improvements. A great athlete – shame not as many Olympic events for women in those days.


  1. Yorkshire Facts – Interesting and Unusual | Yorkshire - God's Own County - January 10, 2011

    […] Beryl Burton from Morley, West Yorks was one of the greatest female cyclists of all times. Seven times world champion, she once broke the men’s record for the 12 hour time trial, completing 277 miles (Beryl Burton) […]

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