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Phil Cheetham – Memories, Part One; Racing in France in the 60’s, with UVA Troyes


Often, when I’m talking to riders about those Golden Days for bike racing, the 60’s and 70’s, the name Phil Cheetham crops up.

Cheetham was a quality rider with some big results in France in the early 70’s among them a stage and GC in both the GP de Sedan and Tour de l’Aude.

I finally caught up with Phil to see if he’d like to speak to me about his career.

He’d beaten me to the punch, over those long days of Covid lockdown he’d been chronicling his career on the bike.

He very kindly agreed to share his memories with me.

In this piece he tells us about…

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By Phil Cheetham

Going to France, 1967

I finish my studies in 1966 then work for three weeks in Manor Park for the Glossop Council Parks and Gardens then as a trainee for AEI (Associated Electrical Industries) in Manchester for five weeks before I move to Liverpool. 

I spend seven months there as a draughtsman and assistant designer for Guy Rogers, a furniture manufacturer. It appears that today their furniture is quite collectable. 

Then I move back to the parks in Glossop for two months.