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Doncaster News and Features: Famous Doncastrian: Roy Cromack

Roy Cromack was born in Doncaster on 8 February 1940 and went on to become a racing cyclist representing Great Britain in track races and in international road races such as the Peace Race.

As a schoolboy he attended the Percy Jackson Grammar School (now the Outwood Academy). By trade he became a maths teacher based in York but he became famous as the first British cyclist to ride more than 500 miles in a 24-hour time trial, riding 507 miles in the Road Time Trials Council national 24-hour championship in July 1969.

This was his first ride at the distance and the first time 500 miles had been bettered. The record stood for 28 years. He beat the second rider, Eric Matthews, by 15 miles.

Cromack was a rare all-rounder, winning championship medals from 4,000 metres on the track to 24 hours on the road. He won medals at every distance in British time-trialling championships and rode the road race for Britain at the Olympic Games in Mexico.

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