Legendary cyclist Vin Denson entered into cycling Hall of Fame
Harlow is 70: Why I Came Here / Mon 27th Mar 2023 at 01:27pm
THE word legendary gets bandied about a bit much these days. So who says that Harlow cyclist Vin Denson is a legend?
Well, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Chris Boardman to name just a few.
Vin, now aged 87, was the first British professional to take part in the Tour de France.
His record from starting out as a teenager in Chester to being a highly respected “domestique” is second to none.
He was the first British rider to win a stage at the Giro D’Italia and he won the Tour of Luxembourg.
After he retired, he was instrumental in getting the velodrome built in Harlow.
Even last year, he was a guest of honour as the UK Women’s Tour came to Harlow.
His powers are a little bit diminished these days but on Friday, Vin was a Guest of Honour at a Pedal Club lunch in The Green Man where he would be entered into their Hall of Fame.
Before the lunch, YH had the honour of sitting down with Vin and we asked him, to pick out the highlights of his career.
Wonderful! So glad that his contribution to cycling is acknowledged in this way.
A thoroughly deserved accolade for a true British cycling legend. A trailblazer who paved the way for the likes of Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome. One day there should be a statue of him in the town centre.