Mike McNamara, who has died at the age of 85, was one of the outstanding time triallists of his generation but – some would say unfairly – his place in history will largely be defined by a Liquorice Allsort.
Mac, as he was universally known, set a men’s competition record of 276.52 miles on his way to the British Best All-Rounder title in the Otley CC 12-hour event in 1967. But he was passed by world champion Beryl Burton. As she caught her man, she offered him the liquorice as a goodwill gesture.
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LAKE SIDE RETREAT
In the latest in a series on the best UK riding destinations, Vern Pitt explores the challenging climbs of the south-west Lake District
Tour of Britain 1954
As picture researcher, I occasionally stumble across something in our archive that is like gold dust to me. Pre-lockdown I found a couple of small boxes containing 20, 3x4 inch, glass-plate negatives, ‘Ilford H.P.3 Plate’, marked ‘Tour of Britain’. Each in an individual sleeve, some had riders’ names written on them and I could work out with an old start-sheet that the year was 1954.
Should we be blown away by the new McLaren skinsuit? Simon Smythe went to the Silverstone wind tunnel to find out
TOUR DE WEIRD
The world’s biggest race has a brilliant habit of throwing up some odd scenarios. Chris Marshall-Bell counts down the best eight
Careful deliberations have led the Doc to conclude that anyone beyond the age of 25 should not be winning bicycle races
GB celebrates record medal haul at para-Worlds
British team claims six world titles and 11 medals, writes Vern Pitt
Day and Hall take honours in Hemel Hempstead
Young bloods look to level up after A41 wins
Carapaz eyes Tour title after Suisse win
On form Ecuadorian holds on in tight final stage of Swiss tour
OBITUARY Vic Hopkin: 22 July 1933–21 May 2021
Former British Cycling board member Vic Hopkin, who was well known for his work in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics, has died after a short illness.
No more suffering in silence
After years of agony with gut problems, Sam Gray was finally forced to face his demons – and is now encouraging others to speak out and seek help