Read the book, see the movie.
I had read in vague passing about Beryl Burton earlier this year when reading about Lynne Taylor's successful Lands End to John O'Groats and 1000 mile record attempts. Then cfsmtb jogged my memory in a comment on one of my posts, and off I went, merrily googling. Beryl's cycling achievements cover more than 25 years, making her one of the legends, not just of women's cycling, but international cycling. She won 15 World Championship medals, on the track (IP) as well as road, and dominated the UK women's all rounder championship for 25 consecutive years. Beryl was awarded and MBE and OBE in the 1960s. Unfortunately, she died, whilst out riding, just a few months short of her 60th birthday, of heart failure.
Her story and longevity fascinate me and I am now tracking down her autobiography, Personal Best.
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