The National Cycle Museum features in the Antiquities Road Trip
The National Cycle Museum in Llandrindod Wells was featured on national television on Tuesday as the popular BBC One series Antiques Road Trip screened an episode filmed during a visit to Wales in March.
Antiquities expert James Braxton stopped by the museum to research champion cyclist Arthur Linton who rocketed from the coalfields of South Wales onto the world stage, winning races in the UK, in Europe and America where he set two world records.
Shortly after winning the Bordeaux-Paris race in 1896, Linton died of typhoid fever, aged 27.
Braxton interviewed museum volunteer Allan Simcock about Linton, who lived in Aberaman. Allan also spoke about more modern Welsh cyclists, in particular champions Geraint Thomas and Nicole Cooke.
Filming ended with Braxton lending a bicycle for a short ride around Llandrindod Wells town centre. To watch the episode on BBC iPlayer, go to: bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001d0w6/antiques-road-trip-series-25-episode-22
Allan explained that many men took up bicycle racing as a means of making money in the 1800s, even though road racing for money was banned.
Originally from West Yorkshire, Allan, 80, who lives in Beulah, was an avid cyclist for 65 years and was made a life member of the Condor Road Club in Halifax.
“James Braxton asked a series of questions about Arthur Linton and cycling, and I took him to visit part of the museum,” he said. “Filming took around four hours and James wanted to ride a bike so we found him one from the collection that was suitable for him.
“I hope the museum will attract many more visitors after being featured on the Antiques Road Trip. Two years ago, I was also interviewed for a radio show recorded at the museum.
Located in the Palais de l’Automobile building, the museum houses more than 250 cycles, representing the historical development of cycling from the early 1800s to the present day.
Open Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the museum is looking for additional volunteers to enable it to open more days.
It costs £20,000 a year to keep the doors open to the museum, which relies on the generosity of supporters and visitors to fund its work.