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Iver Georg Lawson (July 1, 1879 – November 9, 1960) was a world champion cyclist.[1]

Iver Lawson
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Full nameIver Georg Lawson
Born(1879-07-01)July 1, 1879
Norrköping, Sweden
DiedNovember 9, 1960(1960-11-09) (aged 81)
Provo, Utah
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He was born on July 1, 1879 in Norrköping, Sweden to Lars Gustaf Larsson (1847 – c. 1940) and Emma Sofia Sundberg (1845–1888). He had two brothers, Gus Lawson and John Lawson.[2]

In 1901 he won the ten-mile championship in Buffalo, New York.[3] In 1902 he lost to Frank Louis Kramer.[4]

In 1905 he won the National Cycle Association's quarter-mile championship race at Vailsburg in Newark, New Jersey.[5]

In an incident, which occurred in February 1904, Taylor (an African American cyclist) was competing in Australia, he was seriously injured on the final turn of a race when fellow competitor Iver Lawson deliberately veered his bicycle toward Taylor and collided with his front wheel. Taylor crashed and lay unconscious on the track before he was taken to a local hospital and later made a full recovery. Lawson was suspended from racing anywhere in the world for a year as a result of his actions.

Lawson died on November 9, 1960 in Provo, Utah, after falling from a window.


  1. ^ Hurst, Robert. The Art of Cycling: A Guide to Bicycling in 21st-Century America.
  2. ^ "Iver Lawson to Race In Paris". San Francisco Call. March 16, 1902.
  3. ^ "Iver Lawson's Big Victory. Salt Lake Bicycle Rider Wins the Ten-mile Championship at Buffalo Today, in Competition With Taylor and Kramer". The Deseret News. August 16, 1901. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "Cycling at New York". Los Angeles Herald. July 5, 1902. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  5. ^ "Iver Lawson Is Cycle Champion". San Francisco Call. August 20, 1905. Retrieved November 11, 2013.

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