The Roses cinema in Tewkesbury is screening “Something to aim at“, which is a film tribute to Tom Simpson. Not only is this being shown just 2 weeks before the 2017 Tour de France starts, but this year marks the 50th year after Tom Simpson died in the TdeF in 1967. The film covers a few of his victories (Tour of Flanders 1961, Milan San Remo 1964 & Bordeaux-Paris 1963). The film also traces his life from humble beginnings in a small mining village in Durham to becoming World Champion in 1965, an era when the sport was tough and there was a greater tolerance for ‘assistance’.
The running time for the Tom Simpson Film is about 80 minutes and will be followed by a short “Notebook from the Tour de France” which was made in 2013 and includes rarely seen footage behind the scenes at the Tour and features Mark Cavendish & Team Sky. Following this, cycling film maker Ray Pascoe will take questions from the audience.
Tickets at £5 are on sale now and can be booked by phoning the cinema (01684 295074) or going online.