'Racing is Life... anything else before or after is just waiting', Steve McQueen from the film 'Le mans'.
A quote that sums up Beryl Burton, the Yorkshire housewife, who despite a severe illness in childhood, became a cycling phenomenon, the most successful British female cyclist ever.
A time trialling legend, she was the British Best All-Rounder for 25 years in a row and yet she was also a seven time World Champion and National Champion twenty fives times in both the 3,000 metres pursuit and on the road: All this, as well as being a mother, housewife and working on the rhubarb and fruit farms of West Yorkshire.
We hear from daughter Denise, a National Cycling Champion in her own right, husband Charlie, brother Jeffrey and sister Maureen, Malcolm Cowgill of the Morley CC, author Peter Whitfield, journalist Roger St Pierre, 1986-89 National Road Champion, Lisa Brambani and 1982 World Road Champion Mandy Jones, as we learn the story of a cyclist with an intense drive and will to win.
With unique archive film footage from the late 1950s to the 1970s, from Peter and Tony Jackson and Godfrey Turner, we see the British cycling scene as it was then, and from a later Yorkshrie Television profile filmed at a respberry farm, we hear from Beryl herself, who in her spare time loved knitting, as she had no television or radio in her home.
A beautiful mural graces her hometown of Morley, a tribute to a champion cyclist, who despite her success, remained a shy and ordinary down to earth Yorkshire lass all ther life. Her passion for both the sport and simple pleasure of cycling remain an inspiration to both amateur and professional cyclists today.
- Daughter Denise opens the Beryl Burton Trophy cabinet
- Morley Film Unit - Peter and Tony Jackson Interview
- Malcolm Cowgill and Beryl's World Championship jersey
- Beryl's ride in Grand Prix de Nations
- Artist June Rose Cowgill - Beryl Burton oil painting
- Eileen Gray Interview - Founder of WCRA
- Val Rushworth Interview
- Brother Jeffrey and sister Maureen Interview
- Beryl Burton Photo Gallery
Narrated by Phil Liggett
Running time: 130 minutes (88 minutes + 42 minutes bonus features)
*** Watch the trailer here ***
Also available Personal Best - The Autobiography of Beryl Burton
Also available Beryl Burton t-shirts