Record Breaker

Record Breaker

As the Tour de France kicks off this weekend, we are proud to present a pair of cycling shoes worn by the legendary English racing cyclist, Beryl Burton. Burton dominated women’s cycle racing in the UK, winning more than 90 domestic championships and seven world titles as well as setting numerous national records. In 1967, she set a new 12-hour time trial record of 277.25 miles – a mark that surpassed the men’s record of the time by 0.73 miles and was not superseded by a man until 1969.

She also set around 50 new national records at 10, 15, 25, 30, 50 and 100-mile distances; her final 10, 25 and 50-mile records each lasted 20 years before being broken, her 100-mile record lasted 28 years, and her 12-hour record still stands today. And with such an impressive track record, Beryl’s accomplishments led her to compete in the Grand Prix des Nations in 1967, which was a rare opportunity for women cyclists.

These shoes were worn by Burton in 1961 and they were made by Peter Salisbury of Rushden, Northamptonshire. They have a rounded up curved toe with two studs and a metal plate on the sole to fit over the pedals.

Beryl Burton Cycle Shoes

Beryl Burton Cycle Shoes

Beryl’s shoes will be on display in the Life and Sole Gallery from 1st to 31st July 2014. For more information about Northampton Museum & Art Gallery’s collections and exhibitions, visit: www.northampton.gov.uk/museums

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Women on Wheels

Women on Wheels

On 7 May Northamptonshire hosted the first stage of The Women’s Tour – a race with over 100 of the world’s best female riders. The field included current and former Olympic medallists and World Champions competing to become the first-ever Women’s Tour champion.

Reigning World and Olympic champion Marianne Vos won the Tour, but we were excited to see that the best placed British riders were both local girls; Lucy Garner from Leicestershire in 7th and Hannah Barnes from Northamptonshire in 8th.

Women on Wheels

Women on Wheels

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery is celebrating the event and women’s cycling with its latest exhibition – WOW – Women on Wheels.

Part of the exhibition is looking at some of the best modern cyclists, including feature displays that focus on Lucy and Hannah. And we are sure you will feel inspired looking at the great action shots, equipment and memorabilia that makes competitive cycling one of the most popular and colourful sports to follow.

Women on Wheels

Women on Wheels

We are also delighted to include objects that belonged to Beryl Burton, arguably the best and most successful female cyclist. Beryl dominated in the world of cycling for over 20 years in the 1960s and 70s. Her speciality was that of time trialling, but she also excelled in road and pursuit races by winning titles in both at a national and international level and regularly outperforming male competitors.

Women on Wheels

Women on Wheels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next cycling events with Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

http://www.northampton.gov.uk/info/200246/events-and-exhibitions

Get Started

17 May 10am – 4pm | Free

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

 

 

The Big Ride!

30 May 6 – 9pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Bar available