We are delighted to announce that Maurice Burton will be our Guest Speaker for the National Clarion Annual Awards Dinner at the 2018 Easter Meet in Southend-on-Sea.
As a three-time British champion and someone who beat the legendary Eddy Merckx, Burton knows a thing or two about cycling.
Maurice Burton was the first black British champion in cycling. His first taste of success came when he won the Junior Sprint national title in 1973. He won the amateur scratch title the following year, raced over a 20 km distance. He went on to represent Britain at the 1974 Commonwealth Games, but was not selected for the Olympic squad in 1976.
Burton became frustrated by the racism pervasive in Britain at the time so moved to Belgium in 1977, basing himself in Ghent. He was described as the first coloured professional cyclist. Burton rode 56 professional Six Day events, and retired from competitive cycling after a serious racing accident at the Buenos Aires Six Day in 1984. His son Germain Burton is also a racing cyclist who has represented Great Britain on an international level as a junior and has just joined JLT Condor.
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