Chris Boardman Loans Historical Objects to Liverpool Museum

Chris Boardman MBE and Paul Gallagher (Curator) outside Museum of Liverpool. Photo c. Minako Jackson
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It was interesting to see close up this amazing bike that local cyclist Chris Boardman used in the 1990s and you will be able to see it too from 2011 when the new Museum of Liverpool opens.

In celebration of this week’s Team Green Britain Bike Week, the British cycling legend presented Museum of Liverpool curators with his contribution to the hoards of items that will go on display when the museum opens in 2011.

Local lad and Olympic Gold medallist Chris Boardman MBE presented the objects for inclusion in the new museum before heading off to cover the 2010 Tour de France.

The objects will be featured in a gallery celebrating Liverpool’s creativity and sporting achievements, including many priceless objects from sporting history such as boxer John Conteh’s gloves, boots and WBC title belt. Now Boardman’s famous self-modified Lotus Sport super bike and his first Tour de France yellow jersey victory in 1994, will be added to display.

They will be joined by a piece of the Manchester Velodrome track, where he smashed the World Hour record for the second time in 1996 with a record time of 56.375km.

Chris comments: “They shut the Velodrome briefly in 2007 for resurfacing, and kindly gave me the piece of track I crossed when I achieved the hour record. Both the track and the bike represent a significant point in my career, and I’m glad others will be able to enjoy them in the new museum.

“It’s great to be part of this fantastic project. The building already looks very striking, and I can’t wait to see inside when it opens next year. The achievements of Liverpool and its people have been a massive inspiration to many, including myself, and our sporting success is just one part of the city’s heritage.”

Chris Boardman became a household name in 1992 when he achieved a gold medal for his country at the Barcelona Olympics for the 4000m individual pursuit. He went on to break the World Hour record for the first time in 1993, and win the prologue of the 1994 Tour de France with the fastest time ever recorded at an average of 55kph.

After winning Bronze in the men’s individual time trial at the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta, Boardman smashed the World Hour record for the second time in Manchester in September that year, breaking it for the third time in 2000 with a time of 49.441km (athlete rules).

Paul Gallagher, curator of contemporary collecting at National Museums Liverpool said: “Chris is very kindly loaning us three fantastic objects linked to two of the high points in his cycling career, to highlight his place in Liverpool and World sporting history within the Museum of Liverpool.

“Chris is, and always will be, part of British cycling history, and we are extremely proud to be able to recognise his achievements in the Museum of Liverpool using objects which are integral to his personal story, and the sport as a whole.”

With the Liverpool Triathlon taking place this Sunday, the Liverpool to Chester bike ride in July, and the Tour de France taking place throughout July, National Bike Week couldn’t have come at a better time, and National Museums Liverpool is excited to be starting the summer cycling season in style with a visit from one of the sport’s heroes.

Chris Boardman's bike. Photo c. Minako Jackson
Chris Boardman's bike. Photo c. Minako Jackson