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Elgar gears up for tour

Worcester Editorial 2nd Sep, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

ONE OF the city’s most famous cyclists has joined in with the excitement as Worcester prepares to host the Tour of Britain next week.

Edward Elgar, who would sometimes cycle up to 50 miles a day on his Royal Sunbeam, is featured on a three metre high mural at the Elgar Birthplace Museum in Lower Broadheath ahead of the prestigious event which comes to the city next Wednesday (September 10).

The museum commissioned ‘Banksy-style’ street-artists to create the masterpiece, entitled Cycle d’amour, which looks over the family musical garden.

The artwork was funded by The Elgar Society West Midlands branch and The Kay Trust.

Cathy Sloan, museum director, said: “It is fitting that Elgar should choose this mode of transport on which to make his timely return to Lower Broadheath.

“He would sometimes cycle up to 50 miles a day on his Royal Sunbeam, and it was often when he was out and about, cycling the lanes of his beloved Worcestershire, that some new tune would come to him.

“The music world has a lot to thank cycling for.”

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