Vintage bikes to form part of Le Tour day

A procession of bikes from the 1940s will be paraded through Cragg Vale on the day the Tour de France comes to town.

Members of the Bygone Bike Club in Halifax are planning the display before the riders reach Cragg Vale on their route through Calderdale on Sunday, July 6 next year.

Derek Browne with his 1947 Ellis Briggs bike, who is planning a procession of old bikes along the Tour de France route.

Derek Browne with his 1947 Ellis Briggs bike, who is planning a procession of old bikes along the Tour de France route.

Derek Browne, from the club, said: “We’re going to be in period clothing too so we all look the part.

“We’d also like to get space to exhibit our collection of bikes going right back to Penny Farthings.

“There’ll be 20 or 30 of us on the day and hopefully we can keep all the spectators entertained before the race.

“I’ve got a dozen or so bikes but some of our members have more than 20. I have one from 1947 which is exactly the type the first Tour was won on, so I’d probably be wearing the pure woollen jerserys they wore back then.

“I’ve been involved in cycling since the 1950s and the hill up Cragg Vale used to be one of my training routes so I know it well.

“I’ve watched four or five Tours in Europe, and both times it’s been in this country, but anybody who isn’t a cyclist will be absolutely gobsmacked because it just takes over everything.”