Percy Stallard

I think the only connection between Percy Stallard and Viking is that they are both from Wolverhampton. But he deserves mention here because he did so much towards getting road racing off the ground in Britain, without which there would have been no Viking team.

The National Cyclists’ Union (NCU) controlled cycle racing in Great Britain, and they decreed that there would be no “massed start” racing on public roads in this country – it was confined to closed circuits such as Brooklands. Percy Stallard was instrumental in changing this with a breakaway body, the British League of Racing Cyclists (BLRC) and he organized the first proper road race in 1942. This article from the June 1959 issue of Coureur/Sporting Cyclist is an excellent tribute to the work he did and to his achievements.

BLRC road racing led to the development of trade teams like Viking and races like the Tour of Britain and riders like Brian Robinson who raced in the second Tour of Britain in 1952 and went on to have a successful professional cycling career in Europe, being the first British Tour de France stage winner and first Briton to wear the Yellow Jersey.

Percy Stallard

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Percy Stallard