Bicycle Diaries: A biking composer

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26.4.08

A biking composer

Sir Edward's fixie


Bike hipsters certainly aren't the first folks to celebrate their fixy obsession with alternative music. Back in 1900, Sir Edward Elgar, the English composer, bought a bought a Royal Sunbeam fixed wheel model with hand polished black enamel finish for £21. He toured regularly until he moved to London in 1910 writing in his journal that his biking experiences had inspired many of his compositions.

So famous was this late blooming love for biking that Worcester City and Malvern Hills District Councils have established The Elgar Trail. It's a 40-mile circular route through two counties taking in over 40 places of interest associated with his life and music.

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