New film charts rise, fall and rise of cycling in Britain

'On Yer Bike' is a "a fascinating portrait of the last century of British cycling experience on film", and there's a free showing in London on June 18

A film portraying the last century of cycling in Britain will have one of its first showings in London on June 18 – for free.

On Yer Bike, a British Film Institute (BFI) production, is a film depicting the rise and fall and rise again of cycling in the UK using advertisements, public information films and newsreel footage from archives.

Boasting a “fascinating portrait of the last century of British cycling experience on film”, those who watch the film at London café Look Mum No Hands! East (Mare Street, E8 3RH) can enjoy food, craft beers and coffee.

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Following the screening, a former mechanic of Team GB and son of a local bike shop, Barry Witcomb, will host a question and answer session with Nathalie Morris, senior curator at BFI, in the development of racing since the early 1900s.

Make sure you register for tickets quickly – at the time of writing there were just 13 available.

Retailing at £22.99, the film will be available to purchase as a DVD at a discounted price of just £16 on the night.

To confirm your attendance for the event that starts at 7.30pm for three hours, visit the ticket website.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.