Pretty sure this is the Worlds with Rik Van Steenbergen second. I at first thought the little guy in white was Dave Bedwell but now think not. Is the rider behind him a Brit? Click on photo to enlarge.
I think the small guy in white is Ian Brown, he was in the Lune RC and was a mate of Pete Nowell. He went to race in Belgium, the guy behind is Ken Mitchell from Willesden CC I think KM signed for Hurcules and IB worked and rode for Armstrong
I can remenber Ian Brown and Ian Greenfield giving me a cheer in the Ardennes on the last stge of the 1956 Tour of Europe, Longuyon to Namur. It was really nice to see them, all the reast of the Brits had been eliminated, mainly by the 10% time limit, 5% on the short stage of km. I had been on my own fot the last 5 stages. It was not a Tour in a strict definition, it was an across Europe race. It started in Zagreb and the went nearly straight across To Italy, Austria, Germany, France and the the Citadel at Namur. Roger Riviere was 1st Adolf Christianson from Austria was 3rd. He finished 3rd in the T de F the next year riding as a guest of Switzerland.
I enjoyed looking at the Tour of Essex result sheet, Brian Pearson sent it to me, it was 58 not 56. Sadly we wont be seeing Brian at Campanet caves
Lastly, but should have firstly,hope you are fit and well Hi Frank, good to hear from you. Ah, Ian Brown, I should have known him. I didn’t know Ken Mitchell was in the Willesden (I was on their club run last Sunday). Any idea of the year Frank? If I can lose 10kg I should be in peak form for May!
I think the year would be 55 or 56, the jersies are a bit of a givaway. They were NCU jersies and I think they will have got rid of them by end of 55 certainly by end of 56. There would have an amateur race on the Sat. People like Stan Brittain, Harry Reynolds Bill Holmes would be the ones with the info.
Hope you manage to shed some of your 10kg, but it is big ask by May.
I am booked for 01/05 to 20/05 but things are a bit dodgy at the moment. About 4 weeks ago I started going very stiff with sore mucles. The doctor said it is a virus, which may clear up on its own. I am on pain killers but cant even think about riding my bike, fortunately I can drive the car, once I have got in it Sorry to learn that you are, at long last, showing your age!