Interview: Ed Hood has been looking through his cyclocross interview archive and found this gem that was never published on PEZ (no idea why?). Keith Mernickle was one of the top British ‘crossers’ in the 60’s and 70’s when the scene had many a World class rider. When I were lad, in Scotland in the 70s the Comic (Cycling Weekly magazine) was different from its present lifestyle presentation come the winter there was proper coverage of the Six Days and cyclo-cross. It was hard to be unaware of what was happening in the cross world even 40-odd years later, I can remember the names John Atkins, Barry Davies, Chris Dodd, Ian Jewell and Keith Mernickle. Mernickle was a prolific winner in the south of England but for a long time had to play second fiddle to John Atkins Britains cross King until Tom Pidcock came along – at the National Championships. Until 1976 that is, when the man who was sponsored by a jazz musician, snatched the title from Atkins.Keith kindly gave of his time to PEZ a year or two ago, although this is its first airing.PEZ: How long were you a professional crosser, Keith?Keith Mernickle: I rode Independent (semi-pro) 63 and 64; 65 I was pro with EG Bates Cycles; Fred Dean Cycles for part of 66 then Ryall-Weldwork for the rest of66 and 67; In 68 I rode under my own steam then Ryall again for 69 and in 70 began an association with Chris Barber which…
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