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

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REG HARRIS, whose statue overlooks the Manchester Velodrome, is the legend who all track cyclists want to emulate. He was a poor, working-class boy born in the Depression who escaped the Lancashire mills to utterly dominate his sport. He triumphed as world champion an incredible five times between 1947 and 1954 and performed medal-winning heroics at the London Olympics.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 5th 2012 by Ebury Press
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An interesting book about an interesting champion. I'm not sure nowadays whether he is “Britain’s Greatest Cyclist” when you consider the achievements of Chris Hoy, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins, not forgetting Tom Simpson. When Harris made his comeback to sprinting at the age of 54 I idealistically believed he won the British Championship fair & square. This book paints a different picture of corruption and bribery. However he was a very great champion and ‘of his era’ when everything ...more
K Stand Ken
Although I was too young to see Reg Harris in his great years of the 40s and 50s, as I am an official of the Manchester Wheelers' Club I was able to help Robert Dineen by pointing him in the direction of several older club members who knew and rode with Reg. They received name checks in the text, although the 'victim' of the bikes strung up in the trees incident did not wish to give Robert assistance, the tale is correct - I have a photo of the boys retrieving their bikes.
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I came to this book knowing hardly anything about Harris and I come away from it feeling I might have been better off keeping it that way. There's plenty of good stuff in here about Harris's long and illustrious/notorious racing career but it's interspersed with lots of tittle-tattle about his private life, which far from finding shocking, I struggle to care about (it's hard to have your illusions shattered if you didn't have any illusions to start with, and I'm never that interested in "sensati ...more
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