Gus Lawson

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Gus Lawson
Gustaf Rudolf Lawson (1882-1913) circa 1900-1905.jpg
Born Gustaf Rudolph Larsson
(1882-04-03)April 3, 1882
Norrköping, Sweden
Died September 13, 1913(1913-09-13) (aged 31)
Cologne, Germany
Cause of death Collision
Relatives Iver Lawson, brother
John Lawson, brother

Gustaf Rudolf "Gus" Lawson (April 3, 1882 – September 13, 1913) was a record holding professional cyclist who died in a race.[1]


Gus Lawson was born as Gustaf Rudolph Larsson on April 3, 1882 in Norrköping, Sweden to Lars Gustaf Larsson (1847–c.1940) and Emma Sofia Sundberg (1845–1888). He had two siblings, Iver Lawson and John Lawson, both professional cyclists.[2][3]

In 1900 he set the indoor 1 hour record by cycling 34 and 5/8 miles.[4]

He died on September 13, 1913 while riding in a 100-kilometer race in Cologne, Germany when a tire burst on the pace motorcycle he was riding. He fractured his skull and both arms.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Lawson, Cyclist, Killed". New York City, New York: New York Times. September 9, 1913. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  2. ^ "Iver Lawson to Race In Paris". San Francisco Call. March 16, 1902. 
  3. ^ "Cyclist John Lawson Dies In Wisconsin". Chicago Tribune. March 15, 1902. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  4. ^ Good Roads. 1900. Retrieved 2013-11-07.