Star of the opening feature in Boneshaker issue 15, Tommy Godwin is a long-distance cycling legend. Way back in 1939, he rode an astonishing 75,065 miles - an average of 205 miles per day, every day. His first bike had three gears, the second had 4. Not content with beating the 'year record', Tommy didn't stop when the year was up, but carried on until he'd beaten the 100,000-mile record too, reaching his target after 532 days of astonishing effort. Tommy's Year Record remains unbroken to this day.
He was a humble, gentle man, well-loved by all who knew him. After we ran his story in Boneshaker, his daughter got in touch to say how much she'd enjoyed it, and to add that "he never kept any trophies or medals - he gave them all away to up and coming cyclists and to various cycling clubs. After he had completed his second record [the 100,000 miles in 500 days], he raffled all of his promotional jerseys and the money raised went to the Red Cross."
Partly because all the photos of Tommy were so old and hard to access in print-ready form, we commissioned illustrator Samuel James Hunt to draw this portrait. His pencil work was so beautiful we thought it worthy of reproduction as a print.
Digitally printed by Rik at Ripe Digital on thick, textured Tintoretto Gesso art paper, and hand embossed with the Boneshaker embosser.
A3-size (297mm x 420mm)
Prints sold unframed, shipped in a sturdy cardboard tube with a free Boneshaker sticker.
A3 size prints fit conveniently into shop-bought frames, such as Ikea's 40cm x 50cm Ribba.