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Dave Le Grys – “One day I’ll be happy to ride my bike through the lanes”

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Dave Le Grys has been on the British track scene since I was a junior — that’s a long time. We thought we’d best have a word with the man who was winning track medals in 1973 and nearly 40 years later is still winning them.

Le Grys was born in Surrey, 56 years ago; he started cycling at the age of 12 and when he was 15 his parents immigrated to New Zealand.

That’s where we take up the story.

Dave Le Grys
Dave ‘at home’ on the track.

You were New Zealand junior sprint champion in 1973, Dave?

“Yes, nearly 40 years ago!

“I was offered New Zealand citizenship because they wanted me to ride the Commonwealth Games, which were in Christchurch the following year.

“But in my heart of hearts I wanted to return to the country of my birth — and that’s what I did.”