Sports Relief Charity Photoshoot

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In March 2014, I was asked to provide some bicycles for a charity photoshoot with Victoria Pendleton and Evgeny Lebedev for the Sport Relief charity. I took a variety of machines to Mr. Lebedev’s Hampton Court home, and they selected the 1899 Triumph Resilient and 1902 Centaur Featherweight. On the front page of the London Evening Standard, Victoria rode the 1899 Triumph Resilient, with the Centaur and trailer appearing on page 3.

The photoshoot experience was very enjoyable. Everyone there was very professional and friendly. The location was superb, and it was a joy watching Victoria ride the vintage bikes in the garden before the photos.

Of course she’s very comfortable on bicycles, and was not at all phased by the odd selection I brought.


Victoria Pendleton 1902 Centaur Featherweight


The ground was wet and very soft and it was hard to pedal the centaur pulling the trailer behind it. Additional issues included the tricky gear change – ‘The Hub Two-Speed’ involves fixed wheel in first and freewheel in second, but it doesn’t always want to start off in first. And the original grips are quite fragile, so I warned Victoria not to press down on them.

Neither of us could pedal further than halfway across the lawn.

After costume changes, off to the photoshoot…

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It was when Victoria and Mr Lebedev changed places that the trouble started.


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I felt a bit cruel snapping away while Victoria was trying to get onto the Centaur in costume. But it was an interesting study of the problems facing female cyclists at the turn of the century. A cross frame and resilient are more accessible than most early roadsters, but they are still large-framed gents’ machines. It was mostly the aristocracy and army officers who were tall enough to ride bicycles at the time, helping maintain their exclusivity and high prices.

Luckily Victoria was wearing riding shorts under her dress …and now we know why bloomers were invented.


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Victoria Pendleton 1899 Triumph Resilient


Only one minor hiccup; I was too busy taking pics to notice the Triumph was not propped up very well. It suffered no damage – it’s not called ‘The Resilient’ for nothing.

Victoria Pendleton 1899 Triumph copy


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OLYMPIC golden girl Victoria Pendleton joined Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev to celebrate the fun of Sport Relief by re-enacting a scene from Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.

Pendelton assumed the role of Etta Place, made famous by Katharine Ross in the 1969 film, while Lebedev paid tribute to Paul Newman’s Butch Cassidy.

In the western, Newman and Ross share a bike ride, Ross perched on the handlebars as Newman performs tricks to Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head.

“Today’s been great fun,” said Olympic cycling champion Pendleton. 

“I loved being out in the spring sunshine with Evgeny and these amazing vintage bikes.”

Of the work being done by Sport Relief and the Standard’s Dispossessed Fund, she said: “It’s great to see money raised by Evening Standard readers going straight back into charities in London.”

Mr Lebedev added: “The money from Sport Relief could not be funding a better cause and I am grateful to all our readers who help make Sport Relief such a great success.”

David Cohen, page 3, Evening Standard, 21st March 2014


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To read more about SPORT RELIEF and the Evening Standard ‘Dispossessed Fund

Please visit the Evening Standard here:

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1827 Standard Newspaper

The paper was launched in 1827 by businessman Charles Baldwin and printed in Blackfriars. George IV was seven years into his reign and the Standard made it its mission to take a stick to the prime minister of the day, George Canning.

…it competed with the Times, which labelled the upstart “a stupid and priggish print”. Circulation of both organs rose.

It was not until 3.15pm on 11 June 1859 that an evening edition of the paper hit the streets of London for the first time, price one penny. It became the Evening Standard in the following year.

The paper had a marble bust of its first editor, Dr Stanley Lees Giffard, in its premises and when Lees Giffard left after 30 years circulation plunged and the paper was sold to James Johnstone. He reintroduced the morning edition and cut the price back to one penny – where it stayed until 1951.*


Evening Standard one penny

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Thanks to Evgeny Lebedev and Victoria Pendleton and their offices for permission to use their images and information.