George Lacy Hillier

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George Lacy Hillier (1879)
Cover of Wrinkles for Cyclists

George Lacy Hillier (6 June 1856 in Sydenham- 11 February 1941 in London)[1] was an English racing cyclist, a pioneer of British cycling, and an excellent all-around athlete. He was one of the founders of the Chichester and District Motorcycle Club, and served as its president. He was a member of other sports clubs and was racing secretary of the London County Cycling and Athletic Club. As such, in 1891, he initiated the construction of the Herne Hill Velodrome in the south of London.[2]

In 1881 Hillier was a national cycling champion over various distances. In 1885 he traveled to Leipzig, won a ten kilometer race against the German champion John Pundt, and set a new record on the track.[3] For a prize, Hillier received a tape with a silver-plated cutlery and a medal.[4]

Hillier wrote several books including the 500 page Cycling for the Badminton Library with William Keppel, 7th Earl of Albemarle, in 1887.[5]

Later Hillier continued to work as a writer and journalist, as well as on the London Stock Exchange, like his father before him. His grave is located in London at the Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery.[6]


  • Ease in The Art of Cycling - The Art of Train Irens for Radwettfahren with THS Walker, Berlin 1888
  • Cycling, The Badminton Library, London, 1887, with William Keppel, 7th Earl of Albemarle
  • Cycles - Past and Present, Edinburgh 1892
  • All about cycling, London 1896
  • Wrinkles for Cyclists, London 1898


  1. ^ "George Lacy Hillier". Grace's Guide. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  2. ^ The Bicycling Times, 7 February 1878
  3. ^ Badminton Library Cycling, 189, S. 98
  4. ^ Der Velocipedsport, 1895. Die Zeitung gab Hilliers Namen als George Lazy (!) Hillier an.
  5. ^ Cycling. Longmans, Green, and Co. (Google Books). 1887. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  6. ^ "George Lacy Hillier: Amateur Cycling Champion at ALL(!) distances, 1881". Friends of Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries. Retrieved 2013-09-03.