Schoolboy cyclists set record in 1945

2017-12-07 06:00

FIVE schoolboys cycled to Johannesburg in 1945, and being the first time it had been done, a record was made.

The names of the cyclists were Des Bradford, Harold Brooks, Harold Minikin, Martin van den Berg and Ed Patrick.

The boys had to carry two canvas tents, ground sheets, blankets, cooking utensils, food and haversacks.

They slept at various places en route such as parks and station meeting rooms.

When they came to the hills they had to push their bicycles as they did not have gears.

The journey took seven days and possibly could have taken six days if they had not had heavy rain one day.

After spending a few days in Johannesburg, two boys stayed as their parents had gone up to take them back home.

The three who returned on their bikes were Bradford, Minikin and Patrick. The return trip took five days.

The reason we thought the letter should be published was because a cycle journey to Johannesburg and back had not been done before.

ED PATRICK

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