Doncaster Museum Service plans to mark the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in Yorkshire next year by holding a cycling exhibition at Cusworth Hall – and it is calling on people to send in pictures of themselves with their first bike.
It is also seeking “an interesting bike, or bicycle related memorabilia,” which you might be willing to loan for the exhibition.
Councillor Bob Johnson, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, commented: "This exhibition will coincide with the world's greatest cycle race and next year is set to be the best yet as The Grand Départ 2014 is in Yorkshire.
"I hope people will take up the invitation to share images of themselves with their first bikes - whether it is a sparkling Raleigh Chopper” – as in the one above – “a rusty old hand-me-down or a state of the art BMX bike."
You can find out more information from Neil McGregor, Museums Officer (Art and Exhibitions) at the Doncaster Museum Service on 01302 734 295, email neil.mcgregor [at] doncaster.gov.uk, or his colleague Nicola Fox, email Nicola.fox [at] doncaster.gov.uk.
Described on the council’s website as ‘the jewel in Doncaster’s crown,’ Cusworth Hall is a Grade I listed Georgian house set in a landscaped park and overlooks the South Yorkshire town.
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.