Wednesday 26th February at 7pm; Rossiter Books, Ross on Wye – Ticket £5
Cycling journalist and author William Fotheringham will talk about his new book, The Greatest – The Times and Life of Beryl Burton.
A prolific world and national champion on road and track, whose career lasted more than 25 years, Burton dominated women’s racing in the UK during the 1960s and 1970s, taking almost 100 national titles. She not only spoke out for equality in cycle racing but also challenged stereotypes by the way she rode: she competed on equal terms with men, and managed an unheard-of feat in setting an absolute British record for distance covered over 12 hours in 1967. Burton died in 1996 but remains a household name in British cycling and in her native Yorkshire.
This new biography sets out to tell Burton’s story in detail for the first time, exploring the people and places behind the legend.