“You can have a lot of things, whatever it could be – family, business, whatever – but then you go out on the bike and you ride for two hours, three hours, and you come back and it doesn’t seem as bad as it was before you went.”
Maurice Burton was one of Great Britain’s foremost cyclists of the 1970s and 1980s.
National champion over 20km in 1974, Burton represented his country at the Commonwealth Games later that year but, in an era where racial prejudice was commonplace, he was overlooked for selection for Great Britain at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
Undeterred, Burton forged a successful career in six day racing. He moved to Belgium and raced over 50 six day events in a career lasting until 1984 before returning the the UK and taking over De Ver Cycles in Streatham, South London.
Film-makers George Daniell and Richard Round-Turner met Burton at Herne Hill velodrome – a second home to a young Burton in the early 1970s – and at De Ver Cycles to remember his early days on the bike and explore his love for life on two wheels.
The mini documentary is part of a series called In Their Time, a collection of films featuring former elite athletes exploring their passion for their sport and narrating their memories of world-level competition.