The display case of Tom Simpson’s cycling achievements in the Harworth and Bircotes Sports and Social Club is now ten years old.
Tom Simpson's bike in the display case. Objects in the display case belong to their respective owners.
The display case exhibits Tom Simpson’s Peugeot bike, his shorts, his 1967 Tour de France jersey, his Great Britain jersey in which he won the world road race championship in 1965. The display case also exhibits newspaper cuttings and pictures of his achievements.
The display case was dedicated in August 2001 by Tour De France winner Lucien Van Impe.
Most successful English road racing cyclist
Tom Simpson was the most successful English road racing cyclist of the post-war years.
Tom Simpson moved to Harworth following World War II, after having been born in Haswell in County Durham.
Tom Simpson was part of the Harworth and District Cycling Club. Tom started track cycling in his late teens. By the age of 19, Tom Simpson was part of the Great Britain team pursuit squad.
In 1959, he joined the Rapha Geminiani team, which already had British cyclist, Brian Robinson.
Tom Simpson memorial on Scrooby Road
In 2001, Tom Simpson was named Britain’s No 2 cyclist of the previous century in the Cycling magazine. He was also inducted into the British cycling hall of fame in 2009.
Next year marks the 45th year since Tom Simpson tragically died during the 13th stage of the Tour De France.
Other memorials to Tom Simpson
Next year will also be the 15th anniversary of the stone memorial being erected on Scrooby Road, the main road through Bircotes.
There is also a memorial to Tom Simpson in Bédoin at the foot of Mont Ventoux.
Films about his life
This is England film director Shane Meadows recently told the Press Association that he was interested in making a feature film about Tom Simpson’s life, but said that he had not sought the film rights to the film. There is already a film about Tom Simpson’s life and death called Death on the Mountain: The Story of Tom Simpson.