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Lew Elder

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLewis Robert "Lew"•Elder
Used nameLew•Elder
Born10 March 1905 in Londonderry, Derry, Northern Ireland (GBR)
Died15 May 1971 in Lindsay, Ontario (CAN)
Measurements175 cm
NOC Canada


Lew Elder moved with his family to Canada when he was seven and they settled in Toronto. He began his racing career at 23 in the Dunlop Road Race. Between 1923 and 1928 Elder won 10 Ontario and Dominion titles. Elder turned professional in 1930 and joined the six-day racing circuit. He raced extensively in Canada, the United States and Europe, retiring in 1937. He was chosen as the 13th greatest Canadian cyclist of the 20th century.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Cycling Road (Cycling) CAN Lew Elder
Road Race, Individual, Men (Olympic) AC
Road Race, Team, Men (Olympic) Canada 14
Cycling Track (Cycling) CAN Lew Elder
1,000 metres Time Trial, Men (Olympic) =11
Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Canada =5