Author Topic: Eric "Merckx" Millington  (Read 946 times)

Eric "Merckx" Millington
« on: 22 April, 2024, 07:20:49 pm »
It is with sad regret that I must inform you of the passing of Eric Millington from Wolverhampton.  Eric was one of the earliest members of AUK and was a very strong rider using massive gearing on his bike and became known locally as "Merckx" Millington.  I will try and add further details as and when I get them.

Re: Eric "Merckx" Millington
« Reply #1 on: 24 April, 2024, 02:34:26 pm »
How sad, I remember him well from my early years of cycling, class rider,hard as nails and very friendly.

Was a regular on the old Windsor chester as I remember

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Eric "Merckx" Millington
« Reply #2 on: 24 April, 2024, 02:52:02 pm »
Before my time but I hope there is a piece in Arrivee. I might ask Barry Parslow what he remembers of Millington.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: Eric "Merckx" Millington
« Reply #3 on: 24 April, 2024, 07:32:33 pm »
I believe that Eric rode and finished the first ever Windsor-Chester-Windsor (600k) back in 1976 and 'towed' a group for quite some distance to the finish in the wind and rain of that year.  He was also a good friend of the late Dave Pountney and never had a driving licence so had to ride to and from the events that he entered.

The funeral is next Wednesday 1st May in Albrighton near Wolverhampton.  Please PM me if you wish to attend and I will send you the details.

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Eric "Merckx" Millington
« Reply #4 on: 02 May, 2024, 09:08:28 pm »
Barry remembers Eric as being a really nice bloke who happened to be very strong.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Pete Mas

  • Don't Worry 'bout a thing...
Re: Eric "Merckx" Millington
« Reply #5 on: 07 May, 2024, 11:53:36 am »
Just seen this thread. I remember ''Merckz'' as Dave Pountney's buddy. We met on a couple of CTC Tours led by Peter Crofts in the 80s, in Morocco and Turkey. Being an audaxer, he travelled sensibly light, with a saddlebag and only the essential kit, (unlike myself, weighed down by large panniers).  He was always jovial and relaxed, and a very strong rider. I hope the funeral went well.
''It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive."

R.L.Stevenson