Olympic cy­clist from 1948 Games dies

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries LEW Pond, a Great Bri­tain Olympic cy­cle team mem­ber from the 1948 London games, has died.

Mr Pond, a long-stand­ing trustee of Uxbridge United Wel­fare Trust, for­mer baker and fly­ing in­struc­tor, died on Fri­day, Septem­ber 16, aged 95.

The fa­ther of for­mer rally driver Tony Pond and grand­fa­ther to ris­ing cy­clist, Blake Pond, he rode many miles a week even in his later years, when he would travel from his home in The Drive, Ick­en­ham, to cy­cle the quiet coun­try lanes.

John Jones writes: “I first met Lew in 1958 when I was a mem­ber of Uxbridge Wheel­ers, Lew’s first cy­cling club.

“He used to support the younger rid­ers by loan­ing them his equip­ment. He also spent time coach­ing the club mem­bers who were in­ter­ested in track cy­cling. His first wife was Iris Pond, an in­ter­na­tional ath­lete who trag­i­cally died very young from can­cer.”

In a story to mark the London 2012 Olympics, Gazette sports writer Tim Street in­ter­viewed Mr Pond, then aged 92, about the 1948 ‘aus­ter­ity games’.

He re­called: “For the open­ing cer­e­mony, we just had to get on the Tube to Wem­b­ley like ev­ery­one else. But as I was liv­ing in Uxbridge, I didn’t have too far to go. A lot of the for­eign ath­letes were stay­ing close by too, liv­ing in tents at the RAF base. I even­tu­ally stayed near Dul­wich, in a house owned by a cy­cling mag­a­zine ed­i­tor, as we were com­pet­ing at Herne Hill Velo­drome.

“Food was still ra­tioned too, so we were handed out packed lunches which ba­si­cally con­sisted of sand­wiches and an ap­ple. It was a very dif­fer­ent world.”

■ OLYMPIAN: Lew Pond pic­tured (left) three years ago and (right) in 1937

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