Chris Sidwells on Tour at Ribble; Tom Simpson

Evening book talk & presentation; Cycling Legends 01 Tom Simpson

With the UCI Road World Championships taking place in the UK this year, Ribble are pleased to announce a series of evenings hosted by Chris Sidwells, talking about his new Cycling Legends 01 Tom Simpson biography.

As well as discussing the life of, arguably, Britain’s greatest-ever cyclist, Chris will be bringing Tom Simpson memorabilia and equipment, including the bike on which he won Paris-Nice in 1967, beating his team-mate Eddy Merckx.

A miner’s son from Nottinghamshire, Tom Simpson made the trip to Europe on his own, as a 21-year old, with £100 and two bikes, looking to break into professional racing. A year later, he made his Tour de France debut. Simpson’s story inspired and captured the imaginations of cycling and general sports fans in both France and the UK. In 1965, he became the first British rider to win the road world championships and was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year.  

Chris Sidwells, a longtime contributor to Cycling Weekly, Cycle Sport and many other publications, will be previewing ‘Cycling Legends 01 Tom Simpson’, his new biography, that reveals the full story of his life, complete with input from team-mates, led by Eddy Merckx, and many previously unpublished photographs. Chris is keen to present Tom Simpson’s inspirational story, a story that is often overshadowed by his tragic death during the 1967 Tour de France. 

Chris’s Ribble Tour will start before the World Champs in Leeds (19thSeptember), and then move on to Preston (24thSeptember), Birmingham (26thSeptember) and Bluewater (27thSeptember). Each evening will start at 7pm.  Store locations can be found here.

Admission is free and we will allocate places on a first come first served basis. To book your space, please RSVP:

Leeds – [email protected]

Preston – [email protected]

Birmingham – [email protected]

Bluewater – [email protected]


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