Tom Simpson was born on 30 November 1937, he was one of Britain's most successful professional cyclists. He was born in Haswell, County Durham but his parents relocated to Harworth due to his Father getting work at the pit. Tom began road cycling as a teenager joining the Harworth & District Cycle club. Tom began working as a draughtsman at the glass factory in Harworth and was given time off to progress with his cycling career. He was very successful at the Harworth club and won many events, below are Tom's main achievements - but he will always be a HDCC rider.
Every February their is a memorial ride where we follow one of Tom's favorite routes when he was a HDCC club member, this event is always well supported.
He won a bronze medal for track cycling at the Summer Olympics in 1956 and a silver at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.
In 1959, at age 21, Simpson was signed by the French professional road-racing team Saint-Raphaël–R. Geminiani–Dunlop. He advanced to their first team (Rapha–Gitane–Dunlop) the following year, and won the 1961 Tour of Flanders. Simpson then joined Gitane–Leroux–Dunlop–R. Geminiani; in the 1962 Tour de France he became the first British rider to wear the yellow jersey, finishing sixth overall.
In 1963 Simpson moved to Peugeot–BP–Englebert, winning Bordeaux–Paris that year and the 1964 Milan–San Remo. In 1965 he became Britain's first world road race champion and won the Giro di Lombardia; this made him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the first cyclist to win the award. Injuries hampered much of Simpson's 1966 season. He won two stages of the 1967 Vuelta a España before he won the general classification of Paris–Nice that year.
In the thirteenth stage of the 1967 Tour de France, Simpson collapsed and died during the ascent of Mont Ventoux. He was 29 years old. The post-mortem examination found that he had mixed amphetamines and alcohol; this diuretic combination proved fatal when combined with the heat, the hard climb of the Ventoux and a stomach complaint. A memorial near where he died has become a place of pilgrimage for many cyclists and a duplicate of this monument stands proudly outside the HDCC headquarters. He is held in high esteem by many cyclists for his character and will to win.