GP Mills "‘the greatest road racing cyclist the world has known" was a member of Anfield Bicycle Club founded two years before the Anerley and the power house of the north as cycling transitioned from Ordinaries to the Safety and Tricycles.
In the summer of 1886 Mills broke the Land's End-John o'Groats record, he also won the North Road 24-hour time-trial on a penny-farthing with 288 miles, set records on a bicycle for 50 miles and 24 hours (259 miles) and set a tandem-tricycle record for 50 miles.
It was in 1891 that the Brits invaded France to take the inaugural Bordeaux to Paris race. He hardly slept, eat or did anything but go off the front across appalling roads to win in 26h 36m 25s. Our own SF Edge came in third three hours later. Some took another two days to finish the course.
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