Harry Grant (cyclist)

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Harry Grant
Personal information
Born 1906
United Kingdom
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Motor paced rider
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Amateur team(s)
Imperial Wheelers,
Norwood Paragon CC
Colchester Rovers
Professional team(s)
Major wins
1926, 1928, 1931 - UK tandem-paced national amateur champion
1929 British one-mile flying start paced record
1932 - World motor-paced professional one-hour record x 3
1938 - Cent Milles 100-mile race in Paris

Harry Grant was a British racing cyclist who specialised in motor-paced events. He was national amateur champion in 1926, 1928 and 1931.[1] At the time he turned professional in 1932 he held four British amateur track records. He also won many races on the continent and held the world paced one-hour record on three occasions.[2]

Early life[edit]

Grant was born in Colchester, Essex, and raised in London.[3]

Cycling career[edit]

Photograph of the R. O. Harrison "Harry Grant" Super Circuit bicycle.
The "Harry Grant" Super Circuit, a model produced in 1938 by R. O. Harrison.

He belonged to the Imperial Wheelers[4] and won the national 50-miles tandem-paced championship in 1926, 1928 and 1931. In 1929 he established the British one-mile flying start paced record at 1m 17.6s and the standing start record at 1m 29.8s.[5] He turned professional in 1932 and went to Paris, where he teamed up with the Belgian pacer, Leon Vanderstuyft. They trained together and Grant took the world one-hour paced record at the Parc des Princes in 1932, riding 90.971 km.[4] He won the Cent Milles 100-mile race in Paris in 1938.[4]

In Britain he took the professional one-mile standing start paced record with 1 m 35.8 s.[5]

Grant's sponsors included British bicycle makers such as R. O. Harrison and Maurice Selbach. It was on a Selbach that Grant took the world one-hour record.[6][7] Harrison named his top model after him.[8]

In the late 1940s, Grant was riding in the colours of the south London Norwood Paragon cycling club at the Herne Hill Velodrome.

In later life, Grant returned to Colchester, where he joined Colchester Rovers cycling club. He marked his 80th birthday in 1986 by taking part in the 100 km Windmill Ride, after which ride organisers presented him with a commemorative medal.[3]

Death and commemoration[edit]

Grant died in West Bergholt, near Colchester, in March 1993. He was aged 86.[3]

The Golden Book[edit]

Grant's achievements were celebrated in 1932 when Cycling Weekly awarded him his own page in the Golden Book of Cycling.[2]


  1. ^ "UK Stayers + Pacers". Imageevent.com. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  2. ^ a b The Golden Book of Cycling - Harry Grant, 1932. Archive maintained by 'The Pedal Club'.
  3. ^ a b c Evening Gazette, Colchester, June 1986 and 19 March 1993
  4. ^ a b c The Bicycle, UK, 19 March 1941
  5. ^ a b "dernysportuk.com". dernysportuk.com. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  6. ^ "Selbach". Classiclightweights.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  7. ^ "National Cycle Museum - A gravestone with a cycling history". Cyclingnorthwales.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  8. ^ "R O Harrison Super Circuit - 1939". Classiclightweights.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-04.