Cycling legend Beryl Burton is to join the likes of Nelson Mandela in being awarded her home city’s highest civic honour.
Regarded as one of the greatest riders that the world of cycling has ever seen, the mother-of-one will join illustrious names on the Freedom of the City board at Leeds Civic Hall.
The 13-time national champion cyclist, who held the British Best All-Rounder title for 25 consecutive years, is being lauded 18 years after she died aged 58.
Her daughter Denise Burton-Cole, who represented Great Britain alongside her mother at the 1972 World Championships and plans to attend the ceremony next Wednesday, said: “She was a true Yorkshire woman who came from the Leeds area and was very proud to be from here.
“She would have taken this with the highest honour, she’d also think ‘Wow, why me?’ in a way, but what she’s done speaks for itself. We are humbled.”
Beryl Burton, who lived in Morley, was a member of Morley Cycling Club and Knaresborough Cycling Club who inspired generations of cyclists with feats including holding the men’s world 12-hour time trial record from 1967 to 1969. She pedalled over 277 miles in 12 hours.