Frankly, I have little interest in the overblown spectacle that the modern Olympics has become. I will of course try and watch the cycling events on the TV, but otherwise it leaves me rather cold. Over at road.cc, I see the headline Ninety-two-year-old who helped bring women’s cycling to Olympics to carry London 2012 torch. An interesting headline, so I popped over to read the article. It turns out that the 92-year old is none other than Eileen Gray. Oddly, the article is written as though the author hadn’t heard of Eileen Gray before! Indeed, I noticed the omission of her name from the article title, which relegated her to the description “ninety-two-year-old”.
For what it’s worth, I’m delighted at this news. Gray was particularly important in the development of international women’s cycling, and this is a deserved honour. Here’s an interview at the British Cycling website.