Victor Johnson (cyclist)
|Full name||Victor Louis Johnson|
|Born||10 May 1883|
Aston Manor, Warwickshire
|Died||23 June 1951 (aged 68)|
|1908 - 60 victories including :|
1908 - British National quarter-mile champion.
1908 - World amateur sprint champion
1908 - Olympic 660 yards champion
1909 - world record quarter-mile, (28 secs)
1909 - world record three-quarter mile
1909 - world record one mile.
1910 - British National one-mile champion.
1911 - British National quarter-mile champion.
1911 - British National one-mile champion.
1911 - British National five-mile champion.
1912 - British National quarter-mile champion.
Victor Louis Johnson, Vic Johnson, (10 May 1883 – 23 June 1951) was a British track cycling racer who, in 1908, won a gold medal at the 1908 Summer Olympics; became 'World Amateur Sprint Champion' and the 'British National Quarter-mile Champion'.
In September 1909 he set three world records at Herne Hill Velodrome, London, for quarter-mile, three-quarter mile and one mile. His quarter-mile time (28 seconds) stood as the world record for 21 years and as the British amateur record for 'at least 39 years'.
Vic Johnson started cycle racing in 1902 when he joined the 'Rover Racing C.C. During the 1901 census Johnson lived at 22 Station Road, Erdington, Warwickshire where his occupation was listed as carpenter, his father, John T Johnson, was a bicycle maker.'.
1908 was his break-through year when he won 60 races including the National Cyclists' Union (N.C.U.) British National quarter-mile title; the World's Amateur Sprint championship in Leipzig Germany; and the Olympic Games 660 yards sprint in London, completing a single lap of the track in 51.2 seconds. He also reached final of the Olympic Games 1,000 metre sprint but suffered a puncture and was narrowly beaten into the silver medal position, but the race was declared void when the time limit was exceeded. Johnson rode a 'Rover Path Racer' and the 'very cycle that took him to victory' is on display in the Heritage Cycling Museum at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
In September 1909 he set three world records at Herne Hill Velodrome, London, - the unpaced standing-start quarter-mile, three-quarter mile and one mile. The '28 seconds' quarter mile time stood as the world record for 21 years and as the British amateur record for 'at least 39 years'. It only lost its world status when the Union Cycliste Internationale (U.C.I.) changed the rules in 1948 and it was superseded by a slower time.
The Golden Book
- 1901 census - 22 Station Road, Erdington, Warwickshire, RG 13/2876, page 3 of 41
- England & Wales Birth Index, Apr/Jun quarter 1883, Victor Louis Johnson, Aston registration district, volume 6d, page 435
- "Victor Johnson Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
- The Golden Book of Cycling - Vic Johnson, 1948. Archive maintained by 'The Pedal Club'.
- Cycling - Men's Sprint and www.times-olympics.co.uk Archived 29 June 2011 at Archive.today
- Heritage collection, Profile and image of Victor Johnson