Pic of the Day No.21

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  1. smedis said

    It’s guesswork but the rider nearest the camera could be Derek Wellman, who rode as an amateur in the first Tour of Britain 1951 won by Ian Steel, who won Warsaw-Berlin-Prague the year after. The clues are it looks like a Polhill R.C. racing jersey (yellow with black band) and the thick, wavy, fair hair. Johnny Brackstone could probably identify him.
    Whoever he is, he has great (retro) style! Very ‘League’.
    The Polhill were the pre-eminent road racing club 1940’s/early 50’s. See History and Photos
    http://www.polhillracingclub.co.uk/
    George Lander was their top rider (won 1950 Brighton to Glasgow, the ToB precursor), and a BLRC independent (semi-pro) who applied for a NCU pro licence (the BLRC being not yet UCI-recognized) to ride Paris-Nice. However he was mucked about by the NCU and gave up the sport in disgust/despair. He could have made a big name for himself.

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