Classic Lightweights UK
The Brothers Gambrill
Author Peter Bedingfield
Mike and Robin Gambrill in a two-up pursuit at Herne Hill Sciacchi Meeting, 1959 riding in Clarence Wheelers colours
Great Britain has enjoyed
a long history of athletes combining distance track success with road
time-trialling. Leon Meredith through Norman Sheil, Beryl Burton, Chris
Boardman to Sir Bradley Wiggins, the list goes on. Out of this same
mold came Mike Gambrill and his younger brother Robin. Both members of
Clarence Wheelers they were amongst the most respected fastmen of the
Mike Gambrill at speed in the pursuit at Fallowfield
This was the year of the
Melbourne Olympics. Mike, Tom and John were selected with Don Burgess
for the team pursuit. By Tom’s own admission he went too hard
at his first turn in the semis, they lost to eventual gold medallists
Italy but beat South Africa in the ride off for bronze.
1957 - Robin Gambrill, one member of winning team in the 25-mile National Championships with brother Mike and Allan Killick
In 1959 both
Mike and Robin raced the 40k Dresden
Mike winning with Norman Sheil in 51:41. Heady days!
Coventry CC's Easter Monday International at the Butts Track, 1960 Mike Gambrill winning the second 4000 metres pursuit
Both the Gambrill brothers had track and road Carpenter-built frames for most of their careers (Robin used Ken Ryall for the last two years in the UK), with Chater-Lea chainsets later replaced with TA/Stronglight 49D, 84-88” fixed, large=flange Airlite hubs, butchered Brooks 17 saddles, Cinelli bars and stems. The classic purists’ setup at the time.
1957 - Mike Gambrill, Clarence Wheelers - National Champion at both 4000 metres pursuit and 25-mile Time Trial.
Rejected in March as medically unfit for National Service, Mike prepares for an attempt at the World Amateur Pursuit title.
He also made his road race debut in April.
Mike and Robin riding a borrowed, rather small tandem (but still Carpenter)
Velo Club Scacchi Meeting, Herne Hill, 1958 Mike and Robin beat the National 5-mile Tandem Record
Robin riding the Galibier in his New Zealand kit - 2013
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