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Film Night: Remembering Tom Simpson 50 years after he died

Joseph Delves
30 Jun 2017

A programme of films celebrating Tom Simpson and the Tour de France

Marking the 50th anniversary of his tragic death on Mont Ventoux, London’s Regent Street Cinema is hosting an evening of films dedicated to Tom Simpson and the Tour de France.

Simpson was the first British competitor to wear the Tour de France’s famous yellow jersey. He won it in 1962 by attacking on the Col du Tourmalet to briefly take the race lead and with it the maillot jaune.

In 1965 Simpson added a rainbow jersey to his palmares, winning the road race World Championship in San Sebastián.

British Cycling's first household name, in the same year as the World Champs he won the Sports Journalists' Association Sportsman of the Year award, which was presented by the Prime Minister Harold Wilson, along with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Tragically Simpson would die two years later during the the 13th stage of the 1967 Tour de France.

During an era in which the majority of riders would use alcohol and amphetamines throughout the race, on a brutally hot day Simpson rode himself to death on the barren slopes of Mont Ventoux.

Since then the doomed but prodigiously talented 29-year-old has been a kind of patron saint to generations of British cyclists.

Celebrating his life and achievements during the Tour de France that marks the 50th anniversary of his last ride, London’s Regent Street Cinema is showing a series of films about Simpson and the Tour.

Taking place on the evening of 4th July, they’ll be introduced by their director, Ray Pascoe.

First up will be short film about the re-dedication of the Simpson Memorial on Mont Ventoux, now a site of pilgrimage for many cyclists.

After this will be Pascoe’s personal account of following last year’s Tour de France, Notebook from the Tour 2016.

Finally the night will conclude with the documentary portrait, Something To Aim At: The Tom Simpson Story.

Starting from 19:30, tickets and further information can be found here: regentstreetcinema.com/remembering-tom-simpson

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