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Pete Matthews – from Great 1960’s/70’s Rider to Master Wheel Builder


The late 60’s and early 70’s were a good period for British domestic cycling with the undoubted Heartland being Merseyside – Liverpool and the hinterland.

Quality races across the UK and quality names on the start sheets; Dave Rollinson, Doug Dailey, Bill Nickson, Dave Vose, Willi Mooore, Dave Mitchell and Pete Matthews all great riders and all hailing from around the River Mersey, they were always to be found at, or near the top on the result sheets of major British amateur road races.

The last named, Pete Matthews was a sprinter and while many of his staggering 366 total of wins came from mass charges, he could also win from the break.

His palmarès read like this: 

Major Race Wins

  • 1st National Road Race ‘68 [twice bronze medallist, ’69 & ‘70] 
  • 1st Star Trophy/Premier Calendar ‘69 & ‘70

Star Trophy / Premier Calendar Wins

  • Deeside Grand Prix 1966
  • Frank Tidmarsh GP 1966
  • Tour Of The Peak 1966
  • Leyland GP 1967 / 1969
  • Harworth & District GP 1967
  • Worcester St Johns GP 1967 / 1969
  • Tour Of The Furness 1970

Other Significant Wins

  • 1st Boardwalk GP – Atlantic City – USA
  • 1st Houston GP – Houston, Texas – USA
  • 1st Stage 1 – Tour Of Ireland (Yellow Jersey Wearer )
  • 22 national veteran championships

366 wins in total.

England/GB national squad representations: 23

Impressive and prolific by any measure, high times we caught up with the man I remember Cycling Weekly magazine – our ‘bible’ of the day – describing