Bicycles belonging to late DJ and one-time pro cyclist go under the hammer

A collection of bicycles belonging to the late DJ, TV personality and charity fundraiser Sir Jimmy Savile, who was also briefly a professional cyclist riding the first edition of the Tour of Britain, is to go under the hammer at an auction in his home city of Leeds on 30 July.

Details of the bicycles put up for sale by the estate of Sir Jimmy, who died last October, have been posted in an online catologue by auctioneers Dreweatts.

Among the lots on sale are an Oscar Egg bike bought by Sir Jimmy to replace the original on which he rode the 1951 Tour of Britain, according to the ctalogue description. Included with that bike are the original race numbers that he wore during that event, with the lot attracting the highest estimate of £400 to £600.

Other bikes on sale included two Viking racing bicycles, each estimated to fetch between £200 and £300.

The auction comes at the end of a month which also sees the inaugural edition of the Sir Jimmy Savile Cycle Challenge which is based in Scarborough, the town where he is buried, and further information on that event, which takes place on Saturday 14 July, can be found here. Entries close this Friday 6 July.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.