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Norfolk’s Lotus bike designer Mike Burrows dies

Norfolk's Lotus bike designer Mike Burrows dies

Image caption, Mike Burrows came up with the design for the monocoque frame that led to the development of the Lotus Type 108 bike A…

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Image caption, Mike Burrows came up with the design for the monocoque frame that led to the development of the Lotus Type 108 bike A bike designer who helped Great Britain win gold at the 1992 Olympics has died.

Mike Burrows, from Thorpe St Andrew, Norfolk, was best known for designing what became the Lotus Type 108 bike, ridden by Chris Boardman at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

The married father-of-one died on Monday, aged 79.

Boardman, who won the 4,000m individual pursuit in 1992, described Mr Burrows as the "godfather" of his craft.

He tweeted : "Very sad to hear Mike Burrows, the designer of the Lotus bike, passed away today.

"He was the godfather of modern bicycle design and my life would not have been the same without his influence." Image caption, Chris Boardman, who won the 4,000m individual pursuit in Barcelona in 1992, described Mr Burrows (pictured) as the "godfather" of his craft Image caption, Boardman won gold at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona on the Lotus Type 108 bike Boardman’s success in Spain was the first British medal in cycling for more than 70 years. Cycle revolution: The most beautiful British bike designs

Mr Burrows came up with the original monocoque design for Boardman’s winning bike, and Lotus said it remained an "icon" three decades on and was "arguably one of the most recognisable two-wheelers ever made".Its design and shape incorporated a single rear stay, a fork with just one blade and an aerofoiled profile frame […]

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