Brooklands Cycle Festival in Weybridge ~ pedal power is the order of the day
PUBLISHED: 09:09 11 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:50 20 February 2013
Everything from Penny Farthings to electric tricycles will take to the track on Sunday September 16 as Brooklands Museum's annual Cycle Festival celebrates the links between pedal power and the world's first purpose-built motor-racing circuit.
Everything from Penny Farthings to electric tricycles will take to the track on Sunday September 16 as Brooklands Museums annual Cycle Festival celebrates the links between pedal power and the worlds first purpose-built motor-racing circuit.
Demonstration races on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit and up the famous Brooklands Test Hill will join a special 2012 cycling exhibition that highlights Brooklands own contribution to Olympic history.
Very soon after its completion in June 1907, the race track at Brooklands was recognised for its potential as an unobstructed circuit for cycling especially as cycle racing on the public roads of the time was illegal.
So, on September 8 of that year, the very first British massed start cycle race took place with around 60 club and non-club riders from all over the country competing in The Weekly Despatch 100 Mile Cycle Race.
Cycle racing returned in a major way in the 1930s, and the track was also used by Olympic cyclists for training, and this is the subject of a special exhibition, Brooklands: The Olympic Connection.
Earlier in the summer, the Olympic Road Races passed within metres of the old circuit as the cyclists raced down Brooklands Road.
- Brooklands Cycle Festival on Sunday September 16 at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey. Admission prices are: adults 10, seniors 9, children (5-16 yrs) 5.50, family ticket (two adults and up to three children) 27.More @ www.brooklandsmuseum.com.