Tour de France Australian champion Cadel Evans will have his bicycle on show at the National Museum, starting this Friday.Cadel Evans rode the bicycle, known as the ‘Ridley Helium’ road bike, during the 2008 Tour de France, the three-week multi-stage bicycle race held ever July in France. Evans placed second in the race, while holding the leader’s yellow jersey – a widely sought prize in cycling – for five stages. In 2011, Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour.
The National Museum of Australia will have the bike on display to coincide with the National Capital Tour cycling event. The men and women’s races will begin tomorrow at the museum.
“Cadel Evans is a cycling hero and we hope people will take the opportunity to come and see his bike over the next week,” said National Museum senior curator, Daniel Oakman.
The legendary bicycle will be on display in the museum’s main hall, as part of the museum’s Cycling in Australia project, through to next Wednesday, the 25th of September.
Words: Andrew Nardi