Olympic cyclist rode own bicycle at 1948 London Games


A veteran athlete of the 1948 Olympics said he was looking forward to the Games returning to London in 2012.

Alan Geldard, from Withington, Manchester was 21 years old when he rode his own bicycle in the 4,000m team pursuit event, winning a bronze medal.

The '48 Olympics became known as the Austerity Games because of the economic climate and post-war rationing.

Mr Geldard, now 84, says Team GB's cycling team, with their training facilities and equipment, have every chance of winning gold again.

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