Metcalfe was a Milk Race winner and a Tour de France rider. He was one of Britain's great cycling champions of the 1960s and, in the 1970s, operated MKM, a framebuilding company that produced lightweight frames for Ron Kitching and others. He died last night.

Arthur Metcalfe dies after battle with cancer

Metcalfe won the Milk Race in 1964 and, in the same year, had back-to-back stage wins in Canada’s classic Tour du St. Laurent.

Two years later he won both the National Roadrace championship and time trialling’s Best All-Rounder competition in the same year.

In 1967 and 1968 he rode in the Tour de France and was a one-time winner of the prize for combative riding after one of his signature long, lone breakaways.

After his racing career was over he started a framebuilding business in 1972 with another road star of the day, Wesley Mason.

Metcalfe and Mason – the two M’s in MKM – produced their frames from Chapel Works in Harrogate, so named because it was a former chapel. The building was owned by Ron Kitching and the ‘K’ in MKM stood for ‘Kitching’. The business operated until the late 1970s.

Metcalfe remained a roadie and was often to be seen on his bike in the Yorkshire countryside he loved. He was a supporter of Michael Breckon’s National Byway.

Funeral details will be posted here in due course.

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