The Maurice Burton Way

Maurice Burton

£20.00

Maurice Burton rose above racism in British society and sport to triumph over adversity. This is the long-awaited, authorised biography of a ground-breaking British cyclist.

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On a still summer’s evening at Leicester’s Saffron Lane Velodrome in June 1974, Maurice Burton defeated an elite field to become Britain’s first ever Black cycling champion. For his father, it was a moment of intense pride; Rennal arrived in 1948 from Jamaica and made his home in South London. As his 18-year-old son climbed onto the podium, boos rang out around the stadium.

The crowd’s response that day was typical of the racism and exclusion experienced by Burton. After being overlooked for Olympic selection despite beating those selected, he moved to Belgium to race professionally on the ‘six-day’ circuit across the continent, becoming the first Black six-day rider for over 75 years.

This authorised biography traces Maurice’s experiences as the child of a Windrush-generation father and an English mother growing up in London, before moving across to Europe and his eventual return to South London in 1984, where he became a successful business owner and community leader. It rightly places Maurice Burton at the forefront of the British sporting narrative as a pioneer in our collective cultural history.

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