In 1987 British track cyclist Dave le Grys (aka “Legro”) smashed the previous world roller race record with a time of 126.6mph on the BBC “Record Breakers” show.
The previous record of 102 mph had been set in 1982. Dave chose a gear of 232 inches for his attempt with a custom made TA / Ron Kitching chainring (which Dave still owns). Dave was in the final year of an amazing “senior” career, he had amassed over 40 National medals, 20 of which were gold and he’d also represented Britain at the Olympics, Commonwealth games, World championships and numerous European Grand Prix. He had managed to race at top level despite breaking his back in a high-speed crash in the tandem sprint at the ’78 Commonwealth games. Added to this amazing pedigree was his training regime of four hours daily for three months specifically to tackle this record….needless to say Dave was successful as you can see from the video below.
In the same year Dave also set the British and Commonwealth land speed record with 110mph on the M42 paced behind a motor car, check the video here.
But although 1987 was his last year as a senior racing cyclist his sporting career was far from over, throughout his biking career Dave was one of a rare breed of athlete who could mix road endurance and sprint events winning National titles in both and amazingly made a successful switch to marathon running and duathlons eventually becoming fourth best in the UK for his age group.
Dave spent many years coaching and has worked with some of the UK’s finest cycling talents including world champions Rob Hayles and Bradley Wiggins. In 1997 Dave decided to return to cycling competition himself and upon his return won Gold in the World Master’s sprint championship, he has since gone on to win 18 World Master gold medals.
Despite Dave’s now-busy schedule as a coach, he still takes time out to compete in modern day Goldsprint / roller race events, see the gallery below with images of Dave roller-racing in the UK between 2008 and 2010.
Dave Le Grys’ Coaching:
Fast Track Coaching (with Lee Povey)