Bill Pratney (born Wiremu Paratane) began his cycling career in 1926 at the age of 17, a career that would span an astounding seven decades. He won an array of championship titles and triumphed in numerous classic races. Tagged the ‘Iron Man’, Pratney was tough as nails. His extraordinary career had barely begun when he was involved in a dreadful accident. One rider was killed, while Pratney was left for dead. Against the odds, he recovered to cycle race again. This is his remarkable story.
Never Say Die
“My motto has always been, if there's a job to be done, just get stuck in and do it.”
Bill Pratney, the naturally optimistic Iron Man of cycling, knew that success in a race doesn't just happen; it takes time, commitment, effort, and perhaps most of all, a deep passion for what you are doing. This is the story Bill Pratney, New Zealand's greatest Maori cyclist.