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Jack William Stocks

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Jack William Stocks

Jack William Stocks, also John William Stocks (born 2 October 1871 in Hull; † after 1933) was an English cyclist.

Jack William Stocks rode his first cycle race in 1888 in his home town of Hull, where he worked as a letter sorter for the Post Office.[1] Later he became a member of the renowned “Catford Cycle Club”. In 1896 and 1897 Stocks held all English records on the track. In total he set a new world hour record five times; in 1896 he was the first cyclist to break the 50-kilometer sound barrier.

At the 1896 World Track Cycling Championships in Copenhagen, Stocks finished second to fellow countryman Arthur Chase in the professional steeplechase race; the following year, he turned the tide and became world champion in Glasgow, ahead of his rival Chase. In 1899 Jack William Stocks covered 434 miles on an “Ariel” tricycle in a 24-hour race. He then retired from active cycling.

Stocks became a representative of the French automobile company De Dion-Bouton in Great Britain; in 1902 he covered the distance from Land’s End to John o’ Groats in a “de Dion” in two days and 14 hours including breaks. In 1903 and 1904 he took part in the Gordon Bennett race in a “Napier”. In 1933 he was last mentioned taking part in a car race for pre-WWI racers at Brooklands.

Individual references

  1. paperspast.natlib.nz

Literature

  • Sport-Album der Rad-Welt, 7th year, Berlin 1909

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