Yorkshire museum wants pics of you with first bike for Tour de France exhibition

Cusworth Hall near Doncaster gets into spirit ahead of next year's Grand Départ...

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.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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