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The 1934 World’s Cycling Championship Trial

December 27, 2012

Thanks to a trip to Brooklands Museum in September, I discovered that my great-great-uncle Ernest Johnson had raced there in 1934 as part of the World’s Cycling Championship Trial.

I looked the race up using google and learned that it was held to select four cyclists to represent Great Britain at the World’s Road Race Championship in Leipzig later that year. My search also revealed that the University of Warwick actually have a programme from the race in their collection.

I got in touch with the university and an archivist kindly copied some relevant pages for me. You can see my great-great-uncle’s name listed on page 23:

Cover of the 1934 World’s Cycling Championship Trial programme

Cover of the 1934 World’s Cycling Championship Trial programme

Page 17 of the 1934 World’s Cycling Championship Trial programme

Page 17 of the 1934 World’s Cycling Championship Trial programme

Page 23 of the 1934 World’s Cycling Championship Trial programme

Page 23 of the 1934 World’s Cycling Championship Trial programme

Page 33 of the 1934 World’s Cycling Championship Trial programme

Page 33 of the 1934 World’s Cycling Championship Trial programme

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Ernest Johnson’s cap and jersey from the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games

September 6, 2012

I recently learnt that my great-great-uncle Ernest Johnson won bronze medals at the 1932 and 1936 Olympic Games as part of Team GB’s team pursuit cycling team. This weekend I was lucky enough to see his cap and jersey from the 1936 Berlin Olympics as they’re currently on display at Brooklands Museum until the end of September.

The exhibit also provided me with some new information about Ernest, stating that he had raced at Brooklands in the 1934 World’s Cycling Championship Trial as a member of the Belle Vue Cycling Club. I’ll be looking into these two new clues about Ernest’s life, but in the meantime here are some photos of his Olympic cap and jersey:

Ernest Johnson 1936 Berlin Olympic Games

With Ernest Johnson’s cap and jersey from the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games

1936 Berlin Olympics cap

A close up of the cap, showing the Olympic logo

Jersey of Ernest Johnson, Team Pursuit cyclist at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games

You can just about see that ‘E. A. Johnson’ is written in the collar of the jersey