- Classic Tour De Britain 1951
Found this preview whilst mooching around planning a trip to the lakes.
Morecambe to Glasgow 😯Posted 4 years agowhite101Subscriber
Macavity, that you tube film is great, my dad sat and watched it last night with me and didnt shut up for hours telling me tales of the Batey brothers (him with the made up stammer) He’s 72 now and I grew up with him being away for weekends racing and midweek 100 mile training rides, so listening to him chat on last night about trips to Ireland and the Isle of Man with his old team mates was great, you made an old man very happy (and his son)Posted 4 years ago
The oddest thing there is watching cars going about their daily business on the other side of the road. Bonkers.
Considering the route they took was the only road between England and Scotland up that side of the country at the time, its a wonder they didn’t get knocked off or cause havoc.
Mind you, whilst climbing Shap, they could have overtook some of the old trucks which used to struggle up the mountainPosted 4 years agostevestuntsMember
Son of a 72 year old former racer here, too. I’ll send him that link (then go round and show him how to open it). Love listening to his tales of racing back then, battling with Les West and the likes, leaving work at lunchtime on a Friday to spend the weekend racing on the continent, etc.
There was a nice feature in Rouleur about Ian Steel. Apparently, before the race, each team was paraded in front of some sort of powerful military / government honcho, and was obliged to give some form of greeting. Not knowing the native language, the Viking boys elected for “Bollocks”.Posted 4 years ago
http://thetour.co.uk/tourofbritain/271.phpPosted 4 years ago
The first stage of this years Tour of Britain finishes at Drumlanrig Castle.
The bike museum at Drumlanrig Castle is worth a visit.
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