Beryl Burton was a cycling sensation and one of the greatest British athletes. As the queen of the time trial and the road race, she held a ridiculous number of records for years in multiple cycling distances; she set 50 new records for British women, one of which still stands (her 12-hour record). It took 28 years for another British woman to beat her 100-mile time. She wasn’t even a pro—she was a housewife who raced in her spare time. BikeRaceInfo.com has a lovely story about her written soon before her death in 1986, and here’s an excerpt from a movie about her life.