Sat 28 Sept - Beryl Burton & Tom Simpson Book Launch

Saturday 28th September

Beryl Burton and Tom Simpson - Cycling Authors Q&A with William Fotheringham, Chris Sidwells and Laura Winter

Harrogate Theatre

Two of British cycling’s most experienced and respected cycling journalists join forces with Eurosport’s Laura Winter for a discussion about the two biggest legends and trailblazers of British Cycling. 

This evening will provide an unparalleled insight into the lives, careers and legacies of two titans of British cycling, whose exploits and examples paved the way for all the champions who have followed. 

  

The event marks the launch of William Fotheringham’s latest book, The Greatest: The Life and Times of Beryl Burton - which sets out to tell her story in detail for the first time and to focus on the people and places behind the legend. 

A prolific world and national champion on road and track, whose career lasted more than 25 years, Burton dominated women’s racing in the UK during the 1960s and 1970s, taking almost 100 national titles. She not only spoke out for equality in cycle racing but also challenged stereotypes by the way she rode: she competed on equal terms with men, and managed an unheard-of feat in setting an absolute British record for distance covered over 12 hours in 1967. Burton died in 1996 but remains a household name in British cycling and in her native Yorkshire, and is the subject of an acclaimed play by actor Maxine Peake. 

He will be in discussion with Chris Sidwells, who as not only a cycling writer, but also the nephew of Tom Simpson, is uniquely placed to give an insight into the life and career of Britain’s first wearer of the yellow jersey and first world road race champion. His most recent book, Cycling Legends 01 Tom Simpson, is an illustrated book about Tom's life with 167 mono and colour photos, including 50 of Tom that have never been published before. 

The event will be hosted by Laura Winter. Ticketholders will get a discount on book purchases and a book signing will conclude the evening.

Chris Sidwells is a freelance cycling journalist and author who has published 19 books, including Call of The Road, a history of road cycling and Mister Tom, a personal biography of his uncle Tom Simpson. He contributes to Cycling Weekly, Cycle Sport, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and the BBC and also commentators on cycling for BBC local radio stations.

William Fotheringham (Pictured right), The Guardian's lead cycling writer, covered 27 Tours de France and four Olympic Games for the paper between 1990 and 2017 and remains a widely respected commentator on the sport. William has written best-selling biographies of Eddy Merckx, Fausto Coppi and Bernard Hinault, before turning his attention this year to Yorkshire’s own seven-times world champion and 96-times national champion Beryl Burton, a Harrogate resident until her untimely death in 1996. 

Laura Winter (Pictured left) is a sports presenter, event host and commentator, specialising in cycling, amongst a variety of other sports. As well as presenting British Cycling’s road and cyclocross coverage on Eurosport, BBC and ITV4, she is Voxwomen’s dedicated presenter for the monthly Voxwomen Cycling Show which is broadcast on multiple channels worldwide. She is also the NBC reporter and commentator for the Tour of California women’s race.

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