Did you know the leader’s yellow jersey in the Tour de France is sponsored by a French financial co-operative?
Did you know the Co-operative Wholesale Society made bikes for the Post Office?
Co-operation on wheels is a special temporary exhibition to celebrate the Tour de France coming through Rochdale Borough on Sunday 6 July. On display is a range of bikes from delivery bikes to the latest road bikes used by today’s professional cyclists plus the skinsuit worn by Bradley Wiggins in 2004 as the World Individual Pursuit Champion!
The exhibition looks at how bikes were used by co-operative societies and members and how and why the Co-operative Wholesale Society manufactured bikes. The exhibition also examines co-operatives who sponsor Tour De France teams and explores a new wave of co-operatives that are keeping the historic links between cycling and co-operation alive!
This exhibition is suitable for all and includes a range of interactives for different ages including a Tour de France themed four in a row game, design your own Tour de France jersey, a cycling wheel of fortune game, an exercise bike cycle challenge, a gears building set and acetate shapes to design your own window display.
There is also the chance for one lucky visitor to win a £350 Revolution bike kindly donated by Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative.
There is also a special cycling themed sculpture outside the museum. The art installation has been designed and made by local young people from Sparth Youth Group in conjunction with artist Richard Dawson. More information about the sculpture.