Biggleswade - Ongley Arms

Shortmead Street : SG18 0BB
The Ongley Arms was the birthplace of Dan Albone on 12th September 1860. He started racing locally and was very successful. When he was thirteen he built a penny farthing and in 1880 he set up his own business, Ivel Cycles. The Ongley Arms was on the A1 and became a famous meeting place for touring and racing cyclists. Albone started the Biggleswade and District Bicycle Club and won over 180 cycling prizes.

It is thought that Albone had a track behind the Ongley Arms on which some racing took place. The Ongley arms and the Ivel Hotel next door were developed as a garage, which still exists.


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