Cycling legend dies aged 99

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This milestone remained for 36 years in history. (Photo: archive)

Nicknamed “Mighty Atom”, phenomenon Eileen Sheridan passed away this weekend, aged 99. The athlete who would complete two centuries in a few months, was known for being the greatest cyclist in Great Britain who broke obstacles and prejudices before women were allowed to participate in the World Championships or the Olympics.

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The cyclist is considered one of the greatest athletes in the profession, achieving a total of 21 Woman’s Road Records Association records, including the LEJOG, the South-North crossing of Great Britain between Land’s End and John O’Groats, in 1954. This milestone remained for 36 years in history.

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“British Cycling is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of pioneering cyclist and Hall of Famer inductee Eileen Sheridan at the age of 99,” the UK cycling association said. Eileen Sheridan was a time trial specialist and was awarded Britain’s best all-rounder twice, in the year 1951 she signed for Hercules.

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