Pedal off to pastures new

Past displays: Tony Huntingdone rides the 1893 36-inch geared front driver Thanet, made by Olliver and Addis, at 2006's classic bike display in Shelf
Past displays: Tony Huntingdone rides the 1893 36-inch geared front driver Thanet, made by Olliver and Addis, at 2006's classic bike display in Shelf
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AN annual showcase of classic bikes will be held in Shelf for the last time - as organisers move the display to larger premises in Sheffield.

The Bygone Bykes Club’s annual Classic Bike Display will celebrate its tenth anniversary at its regular venue of Wade House Community Centre, Halifax Road, Shelf, on Sunday.

But it will be the final time Shelf will host the popular event.

Organiser Derek Browne, of Shelf, said: “It’s just outgrown the building so we’ve had to look further afield and it’ll be moving to Sheffield.”

This year’s theme will be a collection of lightweight and historic racing bikes from the era of the British League of Racing Cyclists (BLRC) 1942 to 1959.

On Sunday, there will be a short ride on period bikes around the classic BLRC beacon Grand Prix circuit, from Shelf, through Wibsey, Queensbury and back to Shelf from 11am to noon.

Mr Browne said the BLRC is responsible for road racing as it is today - and a Halifax man was a founding member.

Keith Swaby, who lived in Pye Nest, was secretary of the Halifax Road Racing Club and one of the BLRC’s 24 founding members.

Mr Browne said: “It was formed in 1942 to promote racing on the roads for the first time since it was banned in 1899. Wihtout people like Keith, road racing would never have happened and there probably wouldn’t have been any participation by British riders in the Tour de France or World Championships in future years.”

Sunday’s event will include bikes which won world races and there will be many famous riders from the 1950s present on the day.