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Ellis Briggs 'special build' - 1951Owned by: Ken Russell (Custodian - Derek Browne)
This is the machine on which Ken Russell won the 1952 Tour of Britain as sole rider in the Ellis Briggs team
The story of the 1952 Daily Express Tour of Britain is one of the most remarkable in cycle racing history. For 14 days Ken Russell fought a lonely battle against the might of the main British independent teams - B.S.A, Dayton, Gnutti, Sun,Wearwell and Viking plus International teams from France, Belgium, Ireland and other smaller teams.
As a lone rider from the Ellis Briggs team Ken had to go with every dangerous breakaway on every day. His bike never let him down until the final day when first his cotterless chainset became loose and then he punctured, the only neutral rider in the break who was no threat to the yellow jersey was the Belgium rider Marcel Michaux and after a desperate plea from Russell they swapped bikes (see image of the desperate moment of the swap below) and Ken finished the tour on the Belgian's bike. Marcel is now over 80 years of age and living in Belgium but Ken still keeps in touch with him.
Below: Ken winning the stage to Scarborough ahead of Ian Steel of the Viking Team
Below: Ken heads nine riders to another of his three stage wins, this time at Weymouth
Below: After the finish of Stage 5 - Aberystwyth to Blackpool won by Ken,
here at the awards ceremony in the Wintergardens being congratulated by
James (Oscar) Saville - now Sir Jimmy Saville
Below: Advert for the Beborex brake citing Ken's win in the Tour of Britain
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