John Woodburn, who sadly passed away April 15, 2017, was a multiple national cycling champion whose long-running career included several place to place records.
In 1961, Woodburn became the first person to win national 25 mile champion riding a geared bike. In 1982, at 45 years of age, he also set the cycling record for the 847 miles journey from Lands End to John O Groats. His time was one day, 21 hours, 3 minutes and 16 seconds. (average speed 18.828mph)
In addition, Woodburn’s career included:
- RTTC British Best All-Rounder in 1978 (first Vet to win BBAR)
- National 12 hour TT champion
- Competing in international Peace Run 1963 stage race, where he finished 14th.
- Currently holds age group records including:
- 21 minute 10 mile TT at age 73
- 25 mile TT – 51-minute, at age 63.
- Several place to place records, including London to Bath and back record – Woodburn was particularly proud of this because it involved beating Les West’s record.
I met John Woodburn at my second ever open time trial in 2005. At the time, I had no idea who he was or anything about his lengthy and wide-ranging palmeres. Continue Reading →