Penny farthings and bone shakers in Ramsey vintage cycle rally

Vintage cycles and their riders

Vintage cycles and their riders

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Today (Thursday) is National Cycle to Work day - but you won’t see many of these bikes on your daily commute.

A selection of vintage bicycles will be in Ramsey this weekend for The event is the 59th National Veteran Cycle Rally organised by the National Association of Veteran Cycle Clubs and the Retro Cycle Club and hosted by the Ramsey Rural Museum.

The public will be able to experience the Saturday (5th September) ride pass through Ramsey Mereside, Pondersbridge, Ramsey St. Mary’s, and Upwood between noon and 3pm. On the Sunday September 6 the 59th National Veteran Cycle Rally will run, when all riders will be present and in costume, will leave from Ramsey Rural Museum at 11.30 to Ramsey Forty Foot, with a stop at The George (about 12.30pm), and back to the Museum via Ramsey town centre (about 1.45pm).There will be around 100 riders on cycles dating from the 1860s to the 1930s, including Penny Farthings, boneshaker, early safety cycles, tricycles and more familiar and nostalgic ‘sit-up and beg’ bicycles of the 1920s and 30s. The riders will also wear appropriate costume and are more than happy to talk to the public about their machines; when not riding!

Stuart Warburton, Rally Organiser said “The National Association of Veteran Cycle Clubs is the oldest veteran cycle club organisation in the world, founded in 1956, and represents 10 veteran cycle clubs from around the country, including the oldest veteran cycle club in the world, the Peterborough Vintage Cycle Club (founded in 1952). Since 1956 we have held a National Rally in different parts of the country for the very best of country’s historic cycles and this year we are pleased to be riding around the Fenland roads of Ramsey area and basing the event at the Ramsey Rural Museum.”