The First Tom Simpson Retro Ride and Bike Festival
Sunday, September 15th 2019
The Tom Simpson Memorial Fund www.tomsimpsonmemorialfund.co.uk invites you to take part in the first Tom Simpson Retro Ride and Bike Festival, an event celebrating Tom’s life with the beauty of pre-1987 classic racing bikes. The event is organised by the Simpson Cycling Club, and all profits from the ride will go to a recently created grants scheme the Tom Simpson Memorial Fund uses to help young cyclists living in South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire.
The ride starts and finishes at the Recreation Pavilion in Harworth, the North Nottinghamshire village Tom Simpson grew up in. As well as being the event headquarters the Recreation Pavilion houses a small permanent display of Simpson memorabilia.
Tom, seated centre, with local cyclists on part of the Tom Simpson Retro Ride route in 1955
The Tom Simpson Retro Ride runs through quiet pastoral countryside on roads Tom used to train, where he forged his ambition to become a world class professional cyclist, and where he first raced. There are two distances; the 60-kilometre ‘Moyenne’ route and the 84-kilometre ‘Grand’. They both explore the quiet lanes of North Nottinghamshire, with short dips into North Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. The routes are mostly flat, with some rolling sections and one steep climb. The rides share most of the same roads, with the Moyenne only missing the Grand’s northern section. You can choose which route you ride on the day.
Ten years later, Tom winning the 1965 world professional road race championships in Spain