Percy Stallard and Beryl Burton: bikes to remember them by

I am off the bike at the moment due to post-viral syndrome: hence, by car, a visit to the 10th Annual Classic Bike Display, in Shelf, West Yorks today. The show was put on by the Bygone Bykes Club, and included a short ride (not for me, sadly) on period bikes, around the British League of Racing Cyclists’ ‘Beacon Grand Prix’ circuit.

The centrepiece was a lovely Percy Stallard mass start road bike:

Percy Stallard massed start road bike

Along with the bike was a framed 1952 leader’s jersey from the Tour of Britain.

1953 Tour of Britain JerseyStallard down tube close-up

Another lovely exhibit, in rather less pristine condition, was a Bob Jackson personalised for Beryl Burton, along with her world championship jersey:

Beryl Burton's WC jersey

Beryl Burton AGC brake and head tubBeryl Burton Top Tube

With the recent discussion about breakaway leagues in professional cycling and how best to raise the profile of women in cycling, these two figures seem rather contemporary…

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