John Sibbit

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John Sibbit
Personal information
Full name John Ephraim Sibbit
Nickname Jack
Born (1895-04-03)3 April 1895
Ancoats, Manchester
Died 5 August 1950(1950-08-05) (aged 55)
Amateur team(s)
1919-1938 Manchester Wheelers' Club

John Ephraim Sibbit (Jack Sibbit) (3 April 1895[1] – 5 August 1950 (or November[2]) was a British track cyclist who won a silver medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics.

By 41 he had held 12 national titles including tandem sprints, with Dennis Horn.[2]

Jack Sibbit built, rode and sold his own 'Jack E Sibbit' bicycles from premises at 475 Stockport Road, Manchester.

Personal life[edit]

Sibbit was the son of a butcher from Ancoats in Manchester.[2]



Sibbit began racing in 1919 when he joined the Manchester Wheelers' Club. He won his first national championship in 1922, the 5-mile track .[2][3] In 1925 and 1927 he was quarter-mile champion and in 1929 he was 25-mile champion.[2][3] The 1,000-yard sprint championship was introduced in 1930, and Sibbit won in 1931 and 1932.[2][3]

He won the tandem championship six times - in 1924, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931 and 1932.[3] (or eight times.[2]) Sibbit rode on the front of the tandem; E. H. Chambers was his stoker for five of the national championship victories.[2][3] His other national partners were A. White (Scunthorpe), Dennis Horn (Norwich) and E. W. Higgins (Manchester).[2]

Sibbit held three British tandem track records with Chambers. The two won the Olympic tandem event in 1928.[2][3]

Sibbit rode in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.[2]

By 41 he had held 12 national titles including tandem sprints, with Horn.[2]

From 1922, Sibbit represented Britain in world championships in England, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Germany.[3] He retired from racing in 1938 to become an official. He was British team manager at the 1948 and 1949 world championships, in the Netherlands and Denmark.[2]

Sibbit bicycles[edit]

Later in his career he rode bicycles that bore his own name. Sibbit bicycles were ridden by people such as Reg Harris. The badge stated 'Jack E Sibbit 475 Stockport Rd Manchester'.[4] Sibbit worked for Ford during the second world war and resumed making hand-made cycles from 1946 until his death in November 1950 at 55.[2]


The Golden Book[edit]

Sibbit's achievements were celebrated in 1932 with a page in the Golden Book of Cycling.[3]


  1. ^ England & Wales Birth registers Index, John Ephraim Sibbit, 1895, Apr-May-Jun Quarter, District: Manchester, Volume: 8d, Page: 244
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Classic lightweights, profile of J.E.Sibbit by Peter Underwood
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h The Golden Book of Cycling - John Ephraim Sibbit, 1932. Archive maintained by 'The Pedal Club'. Archived 28 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Classic Lightweights, Images of Jack Sibbit bicycles.

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