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Master Wheel Builder and Top Rider Pete Matthews Gets PEZ’d!

Master Wheel Builder and Top Rider Pete Matthews Gets PEZ’d!

Rider Interview: Pete Matthews is many things: Famous and innovative wheel builder, top amateur road man, a real character, comedian and a great bloke. Ed…

Monday, Jun 13

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Rider Interview: Pete Matthews is many things: Famous and innovative wheel builder, top amateur road man, a real character, comedian and a great bloke. Ed Hood was lucky enough to have a good chat with the man from Liverpool about his career on the bike and making them. The late 60’s and early 70’s were a good period for British domestic cycling with the undoubted Heartland being Merseyside – Liverpool and the hinterland. Quality races across the UK and quality names on the start sheets; Dave Rollinson, Doug Dailey, Bill Nickson, Dave Vose, Willi Moore, Dave Mitchell and Pete Matthews all great riders and all hailing from around the River Mersey, they were always to be found at, or near the top on the result sheets of major British amateur road races. The last named, Pete Matthews was a sprinter and while many of his staggering 366 total of wins came from mass charges, he could also win from the break. Pete didn’t win this one – In the middle His palmarès read like this:

MAJOR RACE WINS:
1ST National Road Race ‘68 [twice bronze medallist, ’69 & ‘70]
1ST Star Trophy/Premier Calendar ‘69 & ‘70

STAR TROPHY / PREMIER CALENDAR WINS:
Deeside Grand Prix 1966
Frank Tidmarsh GP 1966
Tour Of The Peak 1966
Leyland GP 1967 / 1969
Harworth & District GP 1967
Worcester St Johns GP 1967 / 1969 Tour Of The Furness 1970 OTHER SIGNIFICANT WINS: 1ST Boardwalk GP – Atlantic […]

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