Have you heard of Beryl Burton? Chances are unless you’re a cycling fanatic, you’ve never heard of her.
Beryl Burton was born in Yorkshire in the late 1930s and despite serious health problems that led to her spending over a year in hospital, she went on to become a champion cyclist.
In 1967, Burton set a 12-hour time trial record (277.25 miles). This was further than the men’s record at the time and, despite technological advances, still stands as the women’s record.
I love the quote in the second video: “If the hills get too hard, just get off and walk – I’m sure the boys will wait for you!”
Beryl’s story shows that competing is not all about having the latest equipment – tenacity, determination, passion and natural ability all play their part.