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    Beryl Burton

    A little history lesson for those who might not have heard of one of the great women of cycling. Enjoy.

    5 Reasons Why She Was Beryl Burton And You Couldn?t Have Held Her Wheel | PAVED Magazine
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    Thanks - great read!
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    How cool.

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    Thanks for posting. When I started cycling, a local rider subscribed to a British racing weekly. Seemed like every issue had articles on races that Beryl and Alf Engers had won.

    Started following some of the other links. Again they are interesting because they were contemporaneous back in the day. I lived in Wisconsin 77-79 and raced against Eric several times. My claim to fame is that the two years that I took silver in district time trial, Bren Emory and Eric Heiden were gold and bronze. The three of us won numerous national and Olympic medals and championships. Of course, I didn't contribute to the haul although I did take a bronze in Masters Nat. TT.

    Also an article on John VanDevelde. His father and uncle were part of a group that rode every morning and I would sometimes ride with them, about once or twice a week.

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    277 miles in 12 hours. How many calories does one burn doing that? 8000 maybe on flat land?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdtindsm View Post
    Thanks for posting. When I started cycling, a local rider subscribed to a British racing weekly. Seemed like every issue had articles on races that Beryl and Alf Engers had won.

    Started following some of the other links. Again they are interesting because they were contemporaneous back in the day. I lived in Wisconsin 77-79 and raced against Eric several times. My claim to fame is that the two years that I took silver in district time trial, Bren Emory and Eric Heiden were gold and bronze. The three of us won numerous national and Olympic medals and championships. Of course, I didn't contribute to the haul although I did take a bronze in Masters Nat. TT.

    Also an article on John VanDevelde. His father and uncle were part of a group that rode every morning and I would sometimes ride with them, about once or twice a week.
    Good interview with John on the Competitors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronmcd View Post
    277 miles in 12 hours. How many calories does one burn doing that? 8000 maybe on flat land?
    It's interesting to me that:

    "Burton, who had always had a somewhat odd heart arrhythmia, died of heart failure during a social ride, when she was out delivering birthday invitations for her 59th birthday party. Her daughter Denise also suggested that Burton's competitive spirit and drive eventually just wore her body out"
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beryl_Burton

    ... so as this long hard season ends I've been thinking more about the cumulative effects of these huge efforts we all put out, day after day, week after week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    It's interesting to me that:

    "Burton, who had always had a somewhat odd heart arrhythmia, died of heart failure during a social ride, when she was out delivering birthday invitations for her 59th birthday party. Her daughter Denise also suggested that Burton's competitive spirit and drive eventually just wore her body out"
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beryl_Burton

    ... so as this long hard season ends I've been thinking more about the cumulative effects of these huge efforts we all put out, day after day, week after week.
    Very late to this party, because I haven't been here for months. But don't worry: Beryl's heart problems almost certainly related to her childhood rheumatic fever.

    And thanks for posting this. To British cyclists of a certain age she is a legend, one of the best bike riders ever, male or female.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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