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End of the road for legendary Crewe cycling duo
A GREAT sporting partnership forged in Crewe has come to end following the death of a legendary cyclist.
Cheshire East councillor Chris Thorley has paid tribute to the late John Arnold, who was the cycling partner of renowned local rider, Albert Crimes.
John’s death, aged 84, last month is the last chapter in a book records he completely rewrote.
The long distance cyclist and tricyclist held numerous competition bests, including a 24-hour 457-mile ride in the Mersey Roads challenge.
After breaking every existing record he could find, John teamed up with Albert in Crewe.
Together they proceeded to break all existing tandem tricycle records.
The pair completed the 200 mile Liverpool to London ride in eight hours, 19mins, and the famous Land’s End to John o’ Groats in two days, four hours.
Crewe East’s clr Chris Thorley was a lifelong friend of both Albert Crimes and John Arnold.
He said: “They were a human train and they will be remembered not just as record cyclists, but as true sportsmen.”
A dedication written to the dynamic duo for Albert’s Crewe Wheelers Cycling Club says: “Arnold had followed Crimes as a remarkable tricycle rider.
“Together, on a tandem tricycle, they reached standards of physical achievement that erased the question of obsolescence of this particular machine.”
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