Tom Simpson


Tom Simpson Memorial Stone, Haswell, County Durham

Snook Cycling ride in the memory of 1965 World Champion cyclist Tom Simpson, born in Haswell, County Durham in 1937, just 8 miles from the team HQ in Bowburn. Indeed, Snook Cycling race in Tom Simpson BP-Peugeot themed jerseys.

Team Snook Cycling has visited and cycled from all 3 of the Tom Simpson memorial stones that are around Europe – the most famous one being 1km from the summit of Mont Ventoux, the place of his tragic death. The other two monuments are in Harworth, Nottinghamshire at the Harworth & Bircotes Sports and Social Club where Tom lived from 12 years old, and as of 2016, in his birth town of Haswell, County Durham at the Hazelwell Centre on Church St.

Every year the Tom Simpson Memorial Bike Ride is held out of Harworth, starting and finishing at the Simpson memorial stone at the Harworth & Bircotes Sports and Social Club, that houses the Tom Simpson Museum. TSC Have completed the 50 mile reliability run on three separate years.Tom’s grave is just up the road from the Harworth Social Club at the at the cemetery on Tickhill Road.

tom simpson memorial harworth

Tom’s Grave, Harworth


The life story of Tom is well known amongst cyclists and his death on the Ventoux in 1967 will never be forgotten, but better memories are of his 1965 World Championship win, and victories at the 1961 Tour of Flanders, the 1964 Milan-San Remo,  and the 1967 Paris-Nice.

 Read about Tom:


Take a look at the Tom Simpson song that TSC use on all of their missions abroad, written by the teams unofficial band – Audio Son. 







9 Responses to Tom Simpson

  1. Rob says:

    Well said, I was about to make a similar comment! As a keen amateur from Liverpool, I loved reading ‘Put me back on my bike’ what a great ambassador to our sport and country he was. Dropped in to see his display in the recreation ground club and then to see his grave. RIP Tommy…..

  2. Tom Simpson Memorial Ride 2013

    Sun 24th Feb 2013

    Meet: Harworth Sports Pavilion
    Scrooby Road, Bircotes, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN11 8JT

    Sign on 10.00am. Start time 10:30am.

    All funds raised to the ‘Tom Simpson Memorial Fund’ plus a donation to charity announced on the day.

    Suggested donation fee £5 per rider.

    100k Ride – 62.14 miles

    50K Ride – 31.07 miles

    Tickhill Velo Club

  3. Bloody hell camping!! hope it warms up a little for you!! If you fancy a good night pop down in to Bawtry nice few bars and places to eat.

    • snookcycling says:

      Yeah considering Bawtry – we emailed The Ship about having some bait n bevvies there, and kipping in our camper van in their carpark, but they didnt reply. Planning a takeaway n tins in the van, weve got a gas heater so should be snug 🙂

  4. Well I hope the take away and tins go down a treat 😊
    Be sure to say hello on Sunday you want be able to miss us lot!! We are the new club in town and with a lot of Magenta on the shirts!!
    Think there is around about 6-8 riding from our club.
    Andy 😊

    • snookcycling says:

      We really enjoyed the ride, we got back in the club house at 2.30 so pretty much we controlled the rear of the race, being good sportsmen and all that! ha
      Hope to do it again next year!

  5. Derek Briton says:

    Great site. Thanks for the link to the retro kit @ Pedalling Squares. I’m an old Sunderland boy, long in Canada, 40+ years now, but I couldn’t resist the Peugeot retro jersey and cap made famous by Durham boy Tom Simpson. Cycling’s a summer sport here in Canada, but I take every opportunity to get out on my Felt Z3 road bike. The wife and I are planning a cycling tour of Europe that takes in some of the stages of Le Tour 2015. Loved the pictures of the Ventoux and Alpe d’Huez trips.

    • snookcycling says:

      Thanks for the comments Derek, good to hear you got sorted with that classic Peugeot outfit of Mr. Tom! You will have a ball in France, so much for cyclists to see and do!

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