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Bailey, William James (1888–1971), cyclist, was born on 6 April 1888, at 4 Grantham Place, Park Lane, Mayfair, London, the son of William Bailey, a domestic coachman, and his wife, Elizabeth Jane Butterfield. He trained as an engineer at the London Polytechnic engineering school...

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Frederick Thomas Bidlake (1867–1933) by unknown photographer, 1895 National Cycle Archives/University of Warwick, Modern Records Centre

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Bidlake, Frederick Thomas (1867–1933), cyclist and journalist, was born at 318 Essex Road, Islington, London, on 13 March 1867, the only son of John Purdue Bidlake (1817–1906), a graduate of London University who taught private pupils, and his wife, Phebe West, née Sharman (1827/8–1899)...

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Burton [née Charnock], Beryl (1937–1996), cyclist, was born on 12 May 1937 at 3 Howard Avenue, Halton, Leeds, the second daughter in the family of three children of John Henry Charnock, motor engineer, and his wife, Jessie May, née Williamson. As a child she suffered from chronic ill health. Chorea and rheumatic fever kept her in hospital and then in a convalescent home for fifteen months. She had resultant speech difficulties and for a while was paralysed down one side of her body. Her education suffered and she left ...

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Fleming [née Bartram; first married name Dovey], Lillian Irene [Billie] (1914–2014), cyclist, was born on 13 April 1914 at 45 St Paul’s Road, Camden, London, the eldest of three daughters of John Bartram, toolmaker, and his wife, Julia Mary, ...

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Harris, Reginald Hargreaves [Reg] (1920–1992), cyclist, was born Reginald Hargreaves at 7 Garden Street, Bury, Lancashire, on 1 March 1920, the son of Elsie Hargreaves, cotton weaver. He acquired the surname Harris following his mother's marriage to Joseph Harris, engineer and businessman. His first job was as an apprentice motor mechanic but he soon moved from the workshop to the showroom, which also sold cycles. He joined the ...

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Reginald Hargreaves Harris (1920–1992) by Bert Hardy, 1947 Getty Images – Bert Hardy

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Holding, Thomas Hiram (1844–1930), touring cyclist and promoter of recreational camping, was born on 29 December 1844 at Steel, Prees, Shropshire, the first son and first of nine children of Daniel Holding (1813–1857), a tailor, and his wife, Sarah, née Middleton (1823–1912). His parents became Mormons, and in February 1853 they sold their possessions and the family sailed for ...

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Linton, Arthur Vincent (1868–1896), cyclist, was born at Seavington St Michael, Somerset, on 10 November 1868, the third son in the family of at least five sons and two daughters of John Maltravers Linton (or Lenton; b. 1843/4), innkeeper of the Volunteer Inn...

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Arthur Vincent Linton (1868–1896) by B. Thomas reproduced by permission of Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries photographic archives