Do you have film or photos of the Milk Race Tour of Britain from the 1960s?
Steven Green, the producer of a documentary about the 1966 race, called Milk Race 1966: On and on…, is seeking footage or still images to use in his film. You can watch the trailer below.
On and on… will also feature interviews with some of the riders from that era – especially the British amateurs who competed against the foreign racers who were professional in all but name.
Perhaps you, a club member, or a family member saw the race during that era and can contribute footage or photographs to the film?
If so, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Cycling has gone mainstream, but the pioneers won’t be around forever,” said Green. “In a time long before ‘Wiggomania’, cycle racing was often referred to as a ‘Cinderella’ sport in the UK. It received little media coverage and had to fight for its right to race on the open road.
“To have two British Tour de France champions would have seemed an impossible dream to the riders of the 1950s and 60s. But these pioneering riders were committed. Men and women who’d race hundreds of miles all weekend and then go to work on Monday for a rest.
“Riders like Roger Pratt. He held down a regular job at the electricity board but in his spare time would compete with some of the best cyclists in the world in the Tour of Britain Milk Race , the country’s biggest bike race at the time.
“This trailer uses recently rediscovered 16mm colour cine film of a stage of the 1966 Milk Race. What other rare footage lies in people’s attics of the ‘forgotten’ past of this now popular sport?
“On and on… will tell the story of the amateur riders steeped in this world of bike racing in Britain, told through a combination of archive footage and contemporary interview.
“The men and women, many now approaching their eighties, who deserve their story be told, now that Britain finally ‘gets’ bike racing…”