Anfield Bicycle Club
The Anfield Bicycle Club, formed March 1879, is one of the oldest continuously active cycling clubs in the world. In 2013 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the ABC a Grant to conserve and share the collection, and to deposit the original records with Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.
The unique archive spans the history of cycling. It consists of the complete collection of the Anfield Circular (the Club’s newsletter), Annual Reports, Minute Books, race cards, photographs and ephemera. They tell remarkable stories of record-breaking, racing, and distinguished service in two World Wars.
Running to six million words, the Circular is a unique social history recording the fortunes of the Club and its individual members, month by month through the 20th Century. During WW1 those caught up in the fighting and on the Home Front recorded their experiences in their own words as the catastrophe unfolded.
Early members pioneered long distance cycling and the governance of cycle-sport. They included G P Mills the greatest long distance cyclists of his day. He held Land’s End to John O’Groats records on various machines, won the 1st Bordeaux – Paris race, and inspired the creation of the Tour de France.