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 Post subject: R.I.P. Ray Booty
PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 6:48 pm 
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I don't know if this has been covered already; I did a search and couldn't find anything.

Ray Booty died around a week ago. He was the first to break the four hour mark for a 100 mile time trial. He managed this feat in 1956 spinning a fixed gear of 84 inches. He had got close to the magical time several times previously and managed to record a time of 3-58-28 in the rain on a course near Bath.

Ray had ridden from his home in Nottingham on the weekend of the actual 100 mile event! He had actually been working that week near to the course but had driven home and then ridden down on his bike for a little training.

Ray's palmeres speaks for itself. It should be noted than another of Ray's rides, the 100 mile 'straight out' time trial (in 3-28-40) was only bettered in 1990 by no lesser a rider than Ian Cammish.

Ray lost his battle against cancer almost exactly 56 years after his ground breaking ride.

I am not old enough to have ever seen him ride. In fact I only learnt of his exploits recently having started to ride a fixed. To say I sat in slack jawed amazement when I read of what he achieved on a fixed is an understatement.

RIP.


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From memory it was probably the Bath Road course, Bath is far too hilly.
Down the A4 and turn before Marlborough, back up nearly to Reading and across to Oxford etc.

I thought the straight out 100 was with a strong following wind. He worked for Raleigh, and used a Sturmey Archer close ratio fixed with gears around 100.
My memory could be faulty, but he was certainly very much admired.


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He was a legend in British Time Trialling, there's been a thread on another forum http://www.timetriallingforum.co.uk/ind ... opic=72055


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keithglos wrote:
From memory it was probably the Bath Road course, Bath is far too hilly.
Down the A4 and turn before Marlborough, back up nearly to Reading and across to Oxford etc.

I thought the straight out 100 was with a strong following wind. He worked for Raleigh, and used a Sturmey Archer close ratio fixed with gears around 100.
My memory could be faulty, but he was certainly very much admired.


Correct. The 100 course (when I rode it in 1968) started in Pangbourne Lane on the A4 West of Reading (now disappeared with new road building) and went North up towards Oxford to turn and retrace through Pangbourne Lane (approx. 50 miles) and then up the A4 through Newbury and Hungerford to turn again as Keith says and finish in Pangbourne Lane. By today's standards not an easy course with Speen Hill etc. on it. I rode it as a 100 only once but packed at around 80 miles as I realised I was getting slower and slower! When you go down those roads today it is difficult to grasp how fast they were for TT'ing BITD (eg, the first 'inside 1-50-00 50 mile' by Pete Smith in 1967 in the 'International 50').

The RRA 100 was straight out with wind as you say - but I don't think he worked for Raleigh but, being in Nottingham, he had a close relationship with them. He worked in electronics with Ericsson and then Westinghouse and was heavily involved in the design and installation of the Hump Shunting Yards for British Railways in several locations in the UK - including Wakefield as I found out when I was lucky enough to meet him 18 months ago at a dinner.

A very nice pleasant man and easy to chat to.


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