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The Memorial Garden at Girtford Bridge
Photographs by George W Skevington, Biggleswade

F T Bidlake, one of cycling's greatest administrators was a record breaker in the 1880's.  Subsequently, he was in great demand as a timekeeper, and became the moving force to establish time-trialling as we know it today.  A member of the RRA committee for many years, he was President from 1924 until his death in 1933 after being knocked off his cycle.  His ashes were scattered at Girtford Bridge on the Great North Road.  A memorial milestone, marking 48 miles from London and 148 miles from York stands at the Bidlake Memorial Garden.  There is also a seat commemorating Bidlake's tandem partner, G. H. Stancer, who died in 1962.  The memorials stand at Poplars Corner, now renamed Bidlake Corner.


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