WHO IS HAROLD BLISSETT?
Harold Joseph Blissett was born on February 9, 1926 and died on March 13th, 2003. He started his bicycle training at the age of 13; he was tutored by his uncle Allan Blissett who was a professional cyclist.
He also received riding lessons from his older brother, Sydney Blissett who was also a professional champion cyclist for Jamaica at the time.
Harold decided to pursue a career in cycling and became a professional cyclist at the age of 17.
He moved on to become the first cyclist to win seven straight races in four race meets, and was rated as one of Jamaica’s greatest professional cyclist during the Town Moor era. The name Town Moor was later changed to the National Heroes Circle.
Harold Blissett retired from professional cycling in the fifties and joined his older brother Sydney Blissett in setting up their own bicycle manufacturing company, named Blissett Bros. Cycle Works Ltd, which was situated at 18 Adams lane, then moved to 196 Orange Street, Torrington Bridge.
During this time Harold formed his first cycling club- ‘The Blissett Wheelers.’ This club was designed to assist all the young men who were interested in becoming a professional cyclist and could not afford to purchase a racing bicycle.
He also employed Mrs. Hitchins the wife of “Bob-boo”, one of his employees to prepare hot meals for the cyclists each day.
Harold’s famous speech was “Table food alone cannot ride racing bicycle.”
Harold Migrated to New York in 1974 where he continued the bicycle business and cycling club.
He returned Jamaica in October 1995 and immediately jump started his bicycle business and cycling club. He renamed the club “Blissett Cycling Club.” The bicycle business closed down in 2002 after Harold fell sick; however, the member of the club continued to ride and encouraged others to follow.
Blissett Clubites believe that men such as Harold Blissett, Sydney Blissett, Frankie Minott, Levi Freemantle, Stanko Rowe and a host of other Town Moor Giants are still riding somewhere in the universe.
wide choice for
first class delivery
our awards and
hot sales and