Title ID 984Collection ID456
Title[Cyclists' Touring Club; Tourist Trials; Tour of Britain]
Date1957 - 1959
CollectionErnest Robbins
KeywordsBicycles Racing
LocalSouthborough Orpington Royal Tunbridge Wells
RegionalKent Greater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionErnest Robbins
FormatStandard 8mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration27min. 25sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An amateur film capturing various cycling events in the Kent area. The Cyclists' Touring Club compete in the Tourist and Orpington Road Race. Members of the Southborough and District Wheelers club take part in the "Rough Stuff", 'Hilly 42" and the Tourists Trial. The Tour of Britain passes through Tunbridge Wells.


"Cycling as enjoyed in the Tunbridge Wells area"

Cyclists gather at a tea garden; shots of cyclists on country roads and views of countryside. The cyclists regroup at a pub; close-up of the pub sign. The cyclists cross a river on a small ferry boat. Shots of cyclists on country roads, sign: "Upper Bell Fremlins Kent's Best". They gather again at a pub to eat and drink, sign: "Fremins Black Horse". [Break]

Cyclists push their bikes along a busy road and gather at the race starting point. A man with a flag starts the race, a large crowd has gathered to watch. They race along country roads and through villages, before reaching the finish line where a man waves a chequered flag. [Break]

Blurred shots of people cycling, running and walking along country tracks. Small white finger posts in the ground provide directions. Shots of men falling off their bikes and negotiating rough terrain. Shot of two posters with information about refreshments on route. Poster: "Southborough District Wheelers Hilly 42". Close up of a finger post sign and a road sign: "Romford Road". Cyclists gather in a wooded area and begin to cycle a cross-country route. A man records timings. Shots of a busy road, sign: "Cycle Race". Cyclists negotiate a road with heavy traffic. A car with a loudspeaker on the roof and a lorry with signs on side: "Cycle Tour of Britain" and "Milk for Stamina", follow the cyclists. The film ends with more shots of cycling and a group map reading. Title: "The End".