MEMORIES - 1992 MILK RACE - BODMIN

Report and photos of the 1992 Milk Race 1st Stage Finish Bodmin
( Select photos for enlarged slide show. ) (Scroll down for report)


It is a pity that the 1992 event seems to have been overlooked in all the publicity for this coming event, it has been repeatedly stated in the media that " this will be the first ever Cycle Tour visit to Cornwall "  This is not true !

09/02/21 - I have taken the matter up with the National Organisers and BTC and am awaiting their response !  wm

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ROUND BRITAIN CYCLE TOUR – Coming to Bodmin AGAIN after 29 years.

This is Bodmin Towns second visit of this prestigious Cycling Event  -  Although in 1992 it was known as the MILK RACE and sponsored by the then Milk Marketing Board. But when this support finished in 1994 the event did not continue for a number of years. In 2004 the event restarted under fresh management and sponsorship arrangements.

News report April 1992:

NATIONAL BIKE RACE A WINNER FOR BODMIN

Bodmin Town Council (BTC), in partnership with South Western Electricity (SWEB) created the event of the year for Bodmin and the local area at Easter when they played host to the finish of the 1st Stage ( Penzance to Bodmin 120kms ) of Britain’s top cycling event, the 15 day ‘Milk Race Tour of Britain’  in its 35th year.

The event was generously sponsored by SWEB and arranged locally by a BTC committee, with the assistance of Peter Bray Local SWEB Engineering Manager, Jim Moir SWEB Publicity Manager.   This strong support persuaded the race organisers, to accept the Bodmin Town Council offer to accommodate the race 1st Stage Finish in Bodmin.   The occasion enabled BTC and the organising committee to extend this Bank Holiday event into a  Milk Race Fun Day, a carnival of entertainment which could be enjoyed by crowds of local people and visitors.

The day has been confirmed as one of the most spectacular race starts in its 35 year history and included 300 local children doing a cycle circuit of the town, all wearing ‘race-leader’ yellow jerseys emblazoned with the name SWEB and MILK RACE.

The main event – 1st Stage of the 1992 MMB National Milk Race took the 100 professional cyclists, twice, around the streets of Bodmin, Mount Folly, Dennison Road, Fore Street in order that the many thousands of spectators could see all the riders before they set off to the next start point for the 2nd leg of the tour from Bideford, Devon.

The whole day was fun and enjoyment for everyone.   There were  lots of attractions, bands, traction engines, majorettes, clowns, punch & judy, jugglers, morris men, stalls, childrens races and more, to enjoy when the cyclists had departed.

Bodmin Town Council Town Clerk Bob Allis said it was a mammoth task arranging the facilities and food for 108 riders, 250 support helpers and 200 vehicles, all of which could not have been done without the generous support from SWEB.   Peter Bray, SWEB Local Engineering Manager, is well known in Bodmin, where he has worked for 25 years and currently the Vice President of Bodmin Rotary Club said “ Many thanks to BTC and the committee and many other business sponsors who helped to make the occasion such a success, a truly a fantastic day, a once in a lifetime event”

Bodmin Town Mayor, Capt. Tommy Denholm summed the day up by saying “It was a  magical event for Bodmin and coupled with the beautiful weather and the fantastic support given by SWEB, one of the best days ever for the people of Bodmin.”

KP Yelland

Cornish Guardian.

29/04/92

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