To celebrate stage 1 of the 2014 Grand Depart, The Stephen Neal Group hosted a Grand De-Party at Platform North, The Factory Building, Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, HG1 1DX.
|The exhibition was dedicated to raising funds for the Dave Rayner Fund & Yorkshire Air Ambulance.|
This astonishing pop-up exhibition displayed beautifully a collection of vintage and modern bicycles. There were some true legends beautifully displayed here...
Let's start with...
|Tommy Simpson: 30th November 1937 - 13th July 1967.|
The first British rider to wear the yellow jersey - 1962.
Bike frame number 286.
The display was perfect and very peaceful. People stayed with Tom's bike for long time, often lost in thought.
|Woodrup 1960's. Frame number 286.|
|With Barry Hoban - Yorkshire Cycling Legend & true gent.|
|Jackson: frame info' needed?|
Beryl Burton dominated women's cycle racing in the UK, setting numerous domestic records and as well as winning more than 90 domestic championships along with seven world titles. She set a women's record for the 12-hour time-trial which exceeded the men's record for two years!
Burton won the women's world road race championship in 1960 and 1967, and was runner-up in 1961. On the track she specialised in in the individual pursuit, winning world championship medals almost annually across three decades. She was World Champion five times (1959, 1960, 1962, 1963 and 1966), silver-medallist three times (1961, 1964, and 1968) and took bronze in 1967, 1970 and 1973.
In domestic time-trial competitions, Beryl Burton was almost unbeatable. She won the Road Time Trials Council's British Best All-Rounder (BBAR) Competition for an astonishing 25 consecutive years from 1959 to 1983. In total she won 72 national individual time-trial titles.
In 1967, she set a new 12-hour time trial record of 277.25 miles - a mark that surpassed the men's record of the time by 0.73 mile, and was not superseded by a man until 1969! In the process of setting this record she caught and passed Mike McNamara who was on his way to setting the men's record at 276.52 miles and winning that year's men's BBAR!
Beryl Burton also set about 50 new national records at 10, 15, 25, 30, 50 and 100-mile distances; her final 10, 25 and 50 mile records each lasted 20 years before being broken, her 100-mile record lasted 28 years, and her 12-hour record still stands today.
Her prowess led to the rare distinction, for a woman, of an invitation to compete in the Grand Prix des Nations in 1967.
"I don't feel that I've got anything special about me. I've just got two legs, two arms and a body, and a heart and lungs."
7 times World Champion - Beryl Burton, OBE.
More to come, including the legendary and utterly charming Ken Russell, winner of the 1952 Tour of Britain whilst riding as an 'independent' (no team), and his Ellis Briggs racing bike.
|1952 Tour of Britain winning bike by Ellis-Briggs|
|Ken's Ellis-Briggs with his 1952 Tour of Britain Winners jersey.|
|Ken, 84 & Renee, Harrogate, July 2014|