Remembering Fred Birchmore

April 15, 2012 – 11:13 PM

Birchmore with Bike

Fred A. Birchmore and bike, 1935 or 1936. Courtesy of Vanishing Georgia, Georgia Division of Archives and History, Office of Secretary of State.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of UGA alum and Athens resident Fred Birchmore (’32, ’34) today. The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library holds Mr. Birchmore’s papers chronicling his trip around the world in 1934 and 1935 via his bicycle Bucephalus, named for Alexander the Great’s horse, and now owned by the Smithsonian Institution.

  1. 4 Responses to “Remembering Fred Birchmore”

  2. A real celebration of life and demonstrates what one can achieve especially through the medium of a bike! I come from a keen cycling family brought up with tales of my great grandfather and grandfather cycling and carrying their bikes over The Alps before The First World War and of my grandfather cycling daily throughout his life well into his 80’s.

    By Dry on Apr 17, 2012

  3. Fred Birchmore’s dedication to the wild, as seen in the Birchmore trail, was a precious gift to Athens. A remarkable man!

    By Tom on Apr 26, 2012

  4. What a classic photo and great way to remember Fred.

    By Betty on Nov 4, 2012

  5. I was doing some research on Fred for a project I am working on. He was a true inspiration. It is wonderful that his name lives on in cycling communities, when cycling though Italy he managed to pass an entire racing peleton while on his round trip. On reaching the summit first he was thought by the crowd to be the winner!

    He won the race on his 50lb+ Bucephalus.

    Sorry to hear of his passing.


    By James on Dec 13, 2012

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