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Ely Museum celebrates Tour de France with ‘Brilliant Bicycles’ event

By Ely News  |  Posted: June 30, 2014

Custodian of Ely Museum, Phillip Jeakins, with a couple of the bicycles which will be on display.

Custodian of Ely Museum, Phillip Jeakins, with a couple of the bicycles which will be on display.

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Ely Museum is celebrating the Tour de France coming to Cambridgeshire by holding a special bicycle-themed event on Saturday (July 5).

The ‘Brilliant Bicycles’ day will see James Moore’s race-winning Penny Farthing from the 1874 World Cycling Championships, and the Velocipede he rode to victory in the first recorded bicycle race in 1868 in France, going on display.

A Velomobile Borealis – an enclosed tricycle that you ride in a lying-down position and which is one of only three in the country – will also be at the museum, plus families will be able to meet an Edwardian cyclist, follow a bike hunt and have a go at cycling-themed arts and crafts.

“It’s a great year to find out more about cycling,” said museum curator, Elie Hughes, “and its fun to see how much bikes have changed, from the early racing bikes to the super speedy bicycles of today.”

The event is running from 11am-3pm and normal admission prices apply.

Call (01353) 666655 or visit www.elymuseum.org.uk for more information.

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