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Happy 100th birthday to the Wheelers


100 years ago today, Southend Wheelers was officially formed, following an advertisement placed in the Southend Standard, 10 May 1923 (the Evening Echo’s weekly predecessor). Placed by Arthur Holmes it invited cyclists to join in a club run to Epping Forest. They never made it Epping Forest, next weekend they will, as club riders take on ‘The ride that never was’.

Twenty One is hosting a small exhibition titled ‘100 years of cycling on sea’ until the 30th May, after which it move to the Forum, Elmer Square, SS1 1NS for the month of June. So pop in to Twenty One, grab a coffee some cake, and take some time to read about the seafront Kermesse’s of 1964 and 1965; The longest stage of the 1961 Milk race, which after 153 miles, finished in a dramatic sprint along Western Esplanade or the 2009 Tour Series finale, which several former Wheeler riders took part in and more…


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