• Short Summary

    THE TOUR OF BRITAIN CYCLE RACE BEGAN TODAY (SATURDAY). THE 1,500 MILE (2414 KILOMETRE) RACE?

  • Description

    THE TOUR OF BRITAIN CYCLE RACE BEGAN TODAY (SATURDAY). THE 1,500 MILE (2414 KILOMETRE) RACE - CALLED THE MILK RACE BECAUSE IT IS SPONSORED BY THE ENGLISH MILK MARKETING BOARD -- WILL BE RUN IN 15 STAGES. IT CARRIERS PRIZES AMOUNTING TO GBP40,000 AND THIS YEAR HAS ATTRACTED 70 RIDERS FROM SIX COUNTRIES. THE SOVIET UNION, POLAND, CZECHOSLOVAKIA, SWITZERLAND AND CANADA ARE ALL REPRESENTED BY TEAMS.

    TODAY'S FIRST STAGE WAS 84 MILES (135.1 KILOMETRES). THE RIDERS LEFT THE ENGLISH SEASIDE RESORT OF BLACKPOOL AND FINISHED AT NEW BRIGHTON. VIOLENT CARSON, THE ACTRESS, STARTED THE RIDERS.

    THE FIRST STAGE OF THE RACE WAS TO PROVE A TRIUMPH FOR POLISH RIDERS -- THEY FINISHED 1ST, 2ND, AND 6TH. BUT THE LEADING RIDERS FINISHED SO CLOSE TOGETHER THAT THE POLES ONLY LEAD THE TEAM EVENT BY THREE SECONDS FROM THE SOVIET UNION. SWITZERLAND AND BRITAIN ARE EQUAL THIRD - FOUR SECOND BEHIND POLAND.

    THE TEAM EVENT IS JUDGED ON THE AGGREGATE TIME OF THE FIRST THREE RIDERS IN EACH TEAM WHICH CAN CONSIST OF A MAXIMUM OF EIGHT.

    BUGUSLAW FORNALCZY OF POLAND FINISHED FIRST WIT A TIME OF 3 HOURS 11 MINUTES 14 SECONDS. THE NEXT FIVE RIDERS WERE ALL GIVEN THE SAME TIME. THEY WERE: FRANCISZEK SURMINSKI OF POLAND (SECOND): YAN KLAASSEPP OF THE SOVIET UNION (THIRD); LES WEST OF BRITAIN -- LAST YEAR'S WINNER WHO WAS HELD UP BY TRAFFIC ON TODAY'S STAGE (FOURTH); H. PORTER OF BRITAIN (FIFTH); AND J. GAWLICZEK OF POLAND (SIXTH).

    THREE RIDERS WERE INJURED ABOUT A MILE FROM THE FINISH AFTER ONE OF THEM COLLIDED WITH THE WHEEL OF A POLICE MOTOR CYCLE. THE THREE INJURED RIDERS WERE DOUG DAILEY (BRITAIN) ANDRE ROSSEL (SWITZERLAND) AND ANTONI PALKA (POLAND). THEY WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL.

    OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS THE RIDERS HAVE HAD SEVERAL STAGES TO RIDE BEFORE REACHING THE MOUNTAINS, BUT THIS TIME THEY WILL BE TESTING THEIR CLIMBING ABILITY ON SUNDAY'S TOUGH RIDE TO LLANDUDNO IN THE WELSH MOUNTAINS.

    IT IS THE NINTH YEAR THAT THE TOUR OF BRITAIN RACE HAS BEEN HELD. IT IS CERTAINLY THE RICHEST AMATEUR CYCLE RACE IN.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAWI5R529P66457G44YV5ZY3KJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAWI5R529P66457G44YV5ZY3KJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment