William James Bailey

William James Bailey
Birth and death
1888 - 1971
Profession details
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Alistair Grant

William James Bailey (1888-1971), cyclist. He won the world amateur sprint cycle championship four times, in 1909, 1910, 1911, and 1913, he turned professional in 1914 but the 1st World War robbed him of his best years. His physique and film star looks attracted crowds of adoring fans on his many tours of Europe, Australia, and the United States. He won so regularly in the USA that his American fans at Madison Square Garden would sing affectionately 'Won't You Go Home Bill Bailey?' He organised cycling races at Brooklands, and was a founder director of Bicycle magazine, which was launched in 1936.

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