Full name: Andrew "Andy" Wilson
Born: 1902 in Kingston upon Hull, Kingston upon Hull, Great Britain
Died: April 21, 1926 in York, York, Great Britain
Affiliations: Yorkshire RC, Yorkshire (GBR)
Country: Great Britain
Related Olympians: Son of John Wilson.
Andy Wilson was for three years the finest road racer and time trial expert in Britain and when he was beaten in the North Road â50â in July 1925 it was his first defeat in Britain for three years. He came to prominence in 1922 after joining his father [John]âs club, the Hull Thursday RC and that same year he was the National 50 mile champion and winner of the prestigious Anfield â100â. In the four Anfield races he contested between 1922-25 he won twice, once off scratch, and in 1925 established a course record.
Like his father before him, Andy became an Olympian in 1924 but, despite being one of the favourites for the road race he was a disappointing 22nd albeit the highest placed British rider. Great Britain finished seventh in the team competition. He represented England in the 1923, 1924 and 1925 UCI World Championships, finishing 18th, 13th and 21st respectively.
Andy was a very popular person on and off the bike because of his good nature and great sportsmanship. He was a chemist for the Terryâs chocolate factory in York but his desire was to constantly break road cycling records and over Easter 1926 he knocked a staggering 52 minutes off the unpaced record time for the 189 3/4-mile York to Edinburgh trip. A week after that he set the fastest time in the Yorkshire RC â25â handicap but shortly after that he had a cold which developed into pleurisy which was to kill him within a week.
Wilson died at the age of 23 on 21 April 1926, the same day that Queen Elizabeth II was born. In memory of Yorkshire and Britainâs greatest road racer of the day, the Andy Wilson Memorial 50 miles race was established and first contested in August 1926.
|1924 Summer||Paris||Cycling||Men's Road Race, Individual||Great Britain||GBR||22|
|1924 Summer||Paris||Cycling||Men's Road Race, Team||Great Britain||GBR||7|
|1924 Summer||Paris||Cycling||Great Britain||Final Standings||22||6-53:52.4|
|1924 Summer||Paris||Cycling||Great Britain||GBR||Final Standings||7||6-53:52.4|