At 14, Walter was hitching a ride on the running board of his father’s car when the elder Greaves veered into a lamppost. According to his biographer Aled Owen, Greaves borrowed two shillings—ostensibly for food—and played it all on the horse, which won and paid 25-1. Greaves took his 50 shillings straight to a bike shop and made a down payment on a 20-inch Sun Wasp bicycle, Owen writes in his delightful 2020 biography, Walter Greaves: True Yorkshire Grit. “Greaves’ ride had clearly sealed the deal,” Dave Barter wrote in The Year: Reawakening the legend of cycling’s hardest endurance record. It did little good; at the end of his first day Greaves recalled that his “sit-upon part .