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International Cycling History Conference
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The future from the past


The annual London Nocturne Bike Race is scheduled for Saturday, June 9 in the City of London. The High Wheel bicycle race always steals the show. Come as a spectator or bring your Ordinary and register to compete! Registration details will be posted as they become available.


The 29th ICHC coincides with London’s yearly Bike Week festival. There will be bicycle rides, activities, tours and exhibitions in and around the city. The City of London’s Active City Network business community will be promoting walking and cycling for businesses and residents with a bike ride sponsored by Ofo, the manufacturer of dockless “city” bikes, offering the newest form of bicycle transportation in London. Details will be posted as they become available.

London Cycling Campaign CEO, Ashok Sinha has said, “This three-day celebration offers a great opportunity to reflect on the history of the bicycle and consider its journey towards the future – a future where ebikes and dockless bike-share are helping shape the way forward.

The 29th ICHC also coincides with the 40th anniversary of the LCC - London Cycling Campaign. On Wednesday, 13 June they will be presenting a cycle exhibition, ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,’ in Guildhall yard and invite us to their awards reception in the evening.

LCC also plans a festive parade of Bikes Through the Ages on Thursday afternoon, from Guildhall to Smithfield Market, in which we are invited to participate. Smithfield market, a meat market that has been in operation for 800 years, is home to a full complement of bars and restaurants; a great place to end the day.


Matthew Trott, Trott & Sons; The Ordinary Bicycle Company, will lead a Ride around London on Saturday, June 16. The first stop on this ride will be the not-to-be missed Hobby Horse presentation by Roger Street and the Dandy Chargers at 75 Long Acre.

The future from the past


Guildhall, Gresham Street, London, ECV2 7HH,

June 13-15, 2018

Philip Saunders, Chairman

Preliminary Program

Pre-Conference Activities

June 9-12, Saturday – Tuesday, London Bike Week Festival

  • Saturday 9 June, City of London Nocturne bicycle race. Details TBA
  • Monday/Tuesday 11/12 June: Brompton Cycle Factory tour (free)
  • Monday/Tuesday 11/12 June: Excursion and tour to Olympic Stadium Velodrome

June 12, Tuesday

  • 2:00-5:00 Conference Registration open in Guildhall

Conference (Registration required)

June 13, Wednesday

  • All day conference registration
  • All day Guildhall Yard, (LCC) London Cycle Campaign 40th Anniversary exhibition; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • 8:00-12:30 Session No 1
    • 8:00-8:15 Opening of the conference by Philip Saunders, 29th ICHC Chairman
    • 8:15-8:30 Opening words by Sharon Ament, Director Museum of London
    • 8:30-12:30Presentation of papers
    • 12:30-2:30 Poster Session
  • 2:30-6:30 Session No 2
    • Opening words by Ashok Sinha, Chief Executive LCC
    • 2:30-6:30 Presentation of papers
  • 6:30-8:00PM Guildhall, LCC Award Ceremony/Cocktail reception (free)

June 14, Thursday

  • 7:00-8:00 Guided bicycle ride led by LCC representative
  • All day Guildhall yard LCC 40th Anniversary exhibition
  • 8:00-12:30 Session No 3
    • 8:00-8:30 Opening words by Chris Hayward, Chairman, Planning and Transportation Committee, City of London
    • 8:30-12:30Presentation of papers
    • 12:30-2:30 Poster sessions
  • 12:30-1:00 Freedom Of the City of London Ceremony for Dr. Ashok Sinha, Chief Executive of LCC and Isabelle Clement, Director Wheels for Wellbeing
    • Company of Hobby Horsemen/women riding exhibition, organized by Julian Parker
  • 2:30-6:30 Session No 4
    • 2:15-2:30 Opening Words
    • 2:30-6:30 Presentation of papers
  • 4:00-8:00 LCC Quiet Ways Festival/Parade (cycles through the ages, by manufacturer) to Smithfield market. ICHC delegates are invited to join in the parade (free).

June 15, Friday

  • 7:00-8:00 Guided bicycle ride led by LCC representative
  • 8:00-12:30 Session No 5
    • 8:00-8:30 Opening words by Alison Gowman, Alderman City of London, Streets and Walkways Committee
    • 8:30-12:30, Presentation of papers
    • 12:30-2:30 Poster sessions
  • Guildhall Yard Hobby Horse Exhibition
    • 12:30-1:00 Freedom of the City of London Ceremony for Paul Adams and Colin Kirsch
      • Company of Hobby Horsemen/women riding exhibition
  • 2:30-6:30 Session No 6
    • 2:15-2:30 Opening Words by Peter Murray, Chairman New London Architecture and London Society
    • 2:30-6:30 Presentation of papers
  • 7:00-10:00PM Banquet (for registered conference participants); official closing of the conference at

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers
Cutlers’ Hall
Warwick Lane
London EC4M 7BR

Gentlemen are requested to wear long trousers and jacket.
Ladies may wear cocktail attire.
No jeans, please.

Post-Conference Activities

June 16, Saturday

  • 9:30 Steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, alternative venue St Lawrence Jewry Church, Guildhall Yard
    • Blessing of the bicycle/Hobby Horse by Rev. Parrott
  • 10:00-4:00 All-day bicycle ride including lunch and rest stops with visits to places of historical significance for the Hobby Horse and bicycles, led by Matt Trott (free, but riders pay for their own lunch), including:
    • 10:30 Hobby Horse presentation by Capt. Roger Street and the Dandy Chargers at 75 Long Acre (former site of Denis Johnson’s Hobby Horse workshop, currently home of the Brompton Cycle Shop)