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The Viking Cycle company was started by Mr. A.V. Davies in 1908 in Heath Town, Wolverhampton. He acquired a reputation for building quality machines for road and track racing, and by the outbreak of the 2nd World War in 1939, Viking was a well known and successful builder of racing cycles.

In 1947 AV’s son Victor was running the company and started a road racing team. Success followed success and in 1951 Viking mechanic Ian Steel won the inaugural Tour of Britain and the 1952 Warsaw-Prague-Berlin race.

The Viking team dominated races throughout the 1950s and bike sales were at an all time high. The 1960s saw a decline in the UK cycle industry due to the availability of cheap small cars and in 1967 like many cycle manufacturers at the time was forced to close it’s doors.

Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain


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