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Tom Simpson Retro Ride and Bike Festival 2019

Tom Simpson Retro Ride and Bike Festival 2019

The First Tom Simpson Retro Ride and Bike Festival

Sunday, September 15th 2019

Start time: 10am

Entries are open, go to bottom of the page and click Register.

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 help expand a recently created grants scheme the 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.

Image of Tom Simpson in Bawtry 1956

The route 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.

Route Details

Leaving Harworth the participants follow Simpson’s daily bike commute to his first job as a trainee draftsman in Retford. The riders leave Tom’s daily journey at Ranskill, but join the start of his racing journey three miles later, after Mattersey, where they follow the old time trial course Tom made his racing debut on in 1952.

That five-mile time trial went to Clayworth and back, but our routes continue through the village to begin the Tom Simpson Retro Ride’s only significant climb, Haughgate Hill. It’s gentle at first, but gets steeper near the top. The descent is steep at first and straight, and is followed by a short stretch of main road.

This takes the riders to Misterton and a stretch of road known locally as Trentside. It’s flat, passes through several lovely quiet villages, and Tom knew it well through his chaingang rides as an amateur. Trentside and its villages have changed little since Tom rode here, and this quiet road is still popular with local cycling groups.

The routes split at Owston Ferry, the Moyenne going left and heading west, while the Grand goes right then continues north. They meet again shortly after Haxey. The Grand route continues alongside the mighty River Trent, through West Butterwick then under and over the M180, before heading over some rolling roads to Epworth, an unspoilt country town, the largest on an area of raised land known as the Isle of Axholme.

Axholme was a real island in the distant past, an area of upland surrounded by marshes that were drained by a Dutch engineer, Cornelius Vermuyden in the 17th century to create the flat fertile fields you see today.

Out of Epworth you cross some of the farmland Vermuyden created, joining the Moyenne route for the journey through Misson then busy Bawtry and back into Harworth via Wrights Hill and the finishing straight of the first Tom Simpson Memorial Races.                      

Image of ride routes

Cycle and clothing Rules of the Tom Simpson Retro Ride 2019
1 Cycles
The Tom Simpson Retro Ride 2019 is a retro bike event limited to cycles and their parts that were manufactured before 1987.
Bikes fitted with derailleur gears must have down-tube or bar-end shifters. Indexed down-tube or retro friction bar-end levers are allowed. Combined brake-gearshift levers are not allowed.
Every cycle ridden in the Tom Simpson Retro Ride must be in good, safe, roadworthy condition and comply with all UK road traffic laws pertaining to cycles. It is the sole responsibility of the Participant to comply with this rule.
2 Clothing
2.1 Participants are advised to wear a helmet of internationally recognised safety standard while riding any part of the Tom Simpson Retro Ride 2019’s route. However, wearing such a helmet in such circumstances is entirely the Participant’s individual choice, and by entering and receiving a Ticket for the Tom Simpson Retro Ride 2019 the Participant accepts that and accepts individually any consequence of their choice.
2.2 Jerseys should be either genuinely pre-1987, or if manufactured after that date are copies of pre 1987 cycling jerseys.
3 Ride conduct
3.1 Entry to the Tom Simpson Retro Ride 2019 is limited to 200 Participants, entries close on September 1st 2019.
3.2 Participants start from 10am in groups of 50 maximum, with a five minute gap between each group.
3.3 Participants must obey the rules of the road as laid out for cyclists in the Highway Code, as well as UK road traffic law and any lawful instructions given by the organiser or its agents.  

Full Terms and Conditions.                   

Event Properties

Event Date 15/09/2019 9:30 am
Event End Date 15/09/2019 2:30 pm
Registration Start Date 01/07/2019
Capacity 200
Registered 29
Available place 171
Cut off date 01/09/2019
Individual Price £20.00
Location Harworth