Info on Guyatt cycling history?

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Info on Guyatt cycling history?

Postby Pauline Guyatt » Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:05 pm

Can anyone PLEASE provide me with information on the Guyatt cycling history? I stumbled across a post on here from 2010 about this, but im making this to find more recent info & answered questions! Thank you, Pauline Guyatt.
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by BNA » Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:57 am

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Re: Info on Guyatt cycling history?

Postby Torana68 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:57 am

perhaps if you were more specific, thats a pretty broad question.
Thr this link for a start http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/12124491
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Re: Info on Guyatt cycling history?

Postby tedsbikes » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:57 am

Billy Guyatt was a top Victorian cyclist in the 1930s, 40s & 50s. Although better known as a track rider - he surprised the pundits when he turned to road races and won the 1954 Warrnambool - described as the "World's richest handicap". His win was described by Bill Long in The Australian Cyclist (Nov 1954).

" GUYATT'S "CONFIDENCE AND SKILL" AIDS GREAT VICTORY

With a sparkling burst of speed, ex-Australian Sprint Champion, Billy Guyatt, spread-eagled the field to win the 1954 World's Richest Handicap, The ARGUS Warrnambool. He gave his opposition both a lesson in tactics and speed over the 163 miles of headwinds and proved beyond doubt that a good track rider can ride the road if he trains hard enough."

I have a few of these magazines from that period and many mention Guyatt's performances, especially at the North Essendon board track (which was replaced by the Olympic Velodrome after the 1956 Games). I'll try to get some more details for you.

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Re: Info on Guyatt cycling history?

Postby tedsbikes » Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:53 pm

Some more early info on Billy Guyatt from the Healing Australasian Year Book.

Malvern Star Junior Championships (event discontinued)
Victorian Event

1935 1. W Guyatt
1936 1. W Guyatt

National Event

1936 1.W Guyatt

Victorian Healing Junior Championships (under patronage of Vic. Amateur Cyclists Association - event discontinued)

1936 1. W Guyatt

VACU Road Championship 25 mile (Junior??)

1937 1.W Guyatt

1937 Australian Amateur Track Championships - at Brisbane on dirt track

Junior One Mile - 1. W Guyatt 2 min. 14 sec.
Junior Five Mile - 1. W Guyatt 11 min. 41 sec.

1937 Australian Amateur Road Championship - in SA

Junior 25 Mile Massed Start - 2. W Guyatt - winner A Beaufort (Qld) in 1 hr. 16 min. 16 2/5 sec.

I Only have a few ACs from the 1947 - 54 period and there is not a great deal of info about his racing in them, except the 1954 Warrnambool. But there are several adverts for bikes, and other equipment, used by him. In 1947 he was riding a Speedwell but later he was on a Master Sports (built by Motor Spares who were later taken over by Repco).

However, if you google "Billy Guyatt Cyclist" there are a number of links available. Also, Theo van Kalleneen's book (self published in 2002 ISBN 0646382659) Australs and Legends- A Century of Track Cycling has several interesting segments on Billy. I note that one of the sponsors of that book was John Guyatt who, I think, may be Billy's son.

Billy Guyatt set up a coaching business in 1951 and one of his successes was the Ian Browne and Tony Marchant combination on the tandem to win Gold at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Hope this is some help.

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Re: Info on Guyatt cycling history?

Postby tedsbikes » Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:54 pm

The Healing Year Book I refer to is from 1937/38.

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Re: Info on Guyatt cycling history?

Postby Torana68 » Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:39 pm

would be nice if the OP came back and had a chat
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Re: Info on Guyatt cycling history?

Postby cyclenut63 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:11 pm

Thanks all for the feedback, particularly Tedsbikes. Just joined up, so had to wait until my post was approved, so apologies for delay in reply.
I've got a bike that supposedly belonged to Billy, but need to dig it out of the shed and take some photos.

Thanks for the Trove suggestion. Someone else directed me the same way, I'd never heard of it before.

Cheers, Peter
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Re: Info on Guyatt cycling history?

Postby Derny Driver » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:57 pm

cyclenut63 wrote:Thanks all for the feedback, particularly Tedsbikes. Just joined up, so had to wait until my post was approved, so apologies for delay in reply.
I've got a bike that supposedly belonged to Billy, but need to dig it out of the shed and take some photos.

Thanks for the Trove suggestion. Someone else directed me the same way, I'd never heard of it before.

Cheers, Peter

Welcome cyclenut63 :D
I'll give you $100 for Billy's Mastersport....
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Re: Info on Guyatt cycling history?

Postby cyclenut63 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:47 pm

Marcus, are you dipping into the Teachers pension fund???? :)

Where do you get such large sums of money??
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