George Giles

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George Giles
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Born (1913-12-21)21 December 1913
Wanganui, New Zealand
Died 14 July 1973(1973-07-14) (aged 59)

George Robert Bayne Giles (21 December 1913 – 14 July 1973) was a New Zealand track and road cyclist, and one of New Zealand's leading track cyclists of the 1930s who held several national titles 1936-38; the national sprint, time trial third time in succession, and 10-mile title.[1]

He was born in Christchurch where he worked in a cycle shop, then as a barman at a hotel.[2] After being initially overlooked for selection due to his times not being "up to the required standard",[3] he represented New Zealand at the 1936 Summer Olympics at Berlin in the men's sprint. He competed at the 1938 British Empire Games at Sydney where he won the bronze medal in the same discipline.

He died suddenly aged 59, leaving a wife and four sons.[2]


  1. ^ Williams p9
  2. ^ a b Item in Evening Post of 16 July 1973
  3. ^ "Olympic Games". The Press. LXXII (21740). 24 March 1936. p. 15. Retrieved 24 September 2016.