Film ID: YFA 6058 Video of YFA_6058 The Golden Acre Road Race THE GOLDEN ACRE ROAD RACE 1956 1956 Visitor TabsDescription This is a film of the Golden Acre Road Race that took place in Leeds on 10th June 1956. It includes footage of the competitors at various parts of the road race as well as spectators gathered for the event. Opening Titles: Hughes Quarton Pictures Present Golden Acre Road Race 10th June 1956 Organised by The South Leeds Road Club Under B.L.R.C. Rules. Photography: K. Hughes. Sound: G.R. Quarton. On a bright, sunny day, cyclists gather at the starting line of the race, and the men are dressed in their club colours. They set off from the side of the road where some spectators have gathered to cheer them on. From a different vantage point along the race route, the cyclists are filmed as they turn a corner. A few cars can be seen in the background, and there are spectators gathered along the route. More competitors turn the corner and make their way up the slight incline. At the next turn, the cyclists go past some brick buildings, a road sigh for Yeadon Airport, and what looks like a pub. The race follows onto a winding country road with fields on either side. A light brown car follows what appears to be the leading group of racers as other groups of cyclists shortly pass by the cameraman. Next the cyclists make their way up a somewhat steep incline. Traffic passes on the road in the opposite direction, and it looks like the race includes another lap of the circuit. Spectators line the straightway to the finish line, and they cheer on the men as they pass by on their bicycles. A few men cross the finish line, and a green double-decker bus follows two of the cyclists as they race towards the checked flag. Now finished, some of the men rest on the grass. A few pose and smile for the camera including two men from the same team who shake hands. A few more of the cyclists race towards the finish line. Title - The End Context This stirring cycling film depicts Leeds’s 1956 Golden Acre Road Race. The race briefly begins with a mass of riders jostling for position, but they soon naturally separate themselves into groups that reflect their ability. The camera adopts a modern TV style as it moves around sections of the course and swiftly pans in the direction of the cyclists until they pass the chequered flag. Golden Acre Road Race took place in Leeds and was organised by the South Leeds Road Club. Bicycle road racing became increasingly popular in the Leeds area in 1950s and still remains popular in Selby.