Barry Hoban

This remarkable image capturing the true spirit of LeTour has been created by Artist James Straffon for the 100 day cultural festival of Yorkshire. The original production hangs outside The Factory building at Poliform North in Harrogate’s town centre and 200mtrs from the finish line of day one The Grand Depart Yorkshire.  To withstand the Yorkshire climate, the original 8 images are produced in a high quality polymeric self-adhesive vinyl. Finished with an exterior grade satin laminate. Mounted onto a premium grade 3mm thick aluminium composite. Complete with print wrapped edges giving a superior finish with longevity. Its dimensions are in two parts each part being 1250mm x2500mm and totalling 2500mm x 2500mm face fixed with coach bolts.

Original set of 8 @ 2500mm x 2500mm are to be auctioned on Saturday 5th July to raise funds for The Dave Rayner foundation and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.  To register your interest or to place a bid, please contact

These creations can also be purchased in the following formats:
2500mm x 2500mm signed originals £ by auction.
1500mm x 1500mm signed Limited Edition of 5.
400mm x 500mm signed limited edition of 9 framed stencils.
T-shirts in white with multiple image panel.

Barry Hoban is a former English professional cyclist who rode during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was the previous holder of the record for the most stage wins in the Tour de France by a British rider, winning eight between 1967 to 1975. He holds the record for the most Tours completed by a British rider – having finished 11 of the 12 he started between 1965 and 1978. He was also the only Briton to have won two consecutive stages of the Tour until Mark Cavendish matched it in 2008.

Hoban started cycle racing in 1955, and by the end of the year was competing against Tom Simpson in individual time trials. Two years later, he was fourth in the British League of Racing Cyclists hill-climb (the senior title being won by Simpson). Despite his early prowess as a climber, Hoban later established himself as one of Europe’s best sprinters.

Inspired by the European successes of fellow Yorkshireman Brian Robinson and of Simpson, Hoban went to France in 1962, turned professional two years later, and stayed abroad for another 16 years. He rode for Mercier-Hutchinson-BP where his team leader was Raymond Poulidor who is famous for coming second three times in the Tour de France but never winning. Dozens of riders in the BCF West Yorks division had a pair of shorts with Mercier Hutchinson embroidered on the legs. Back then, the best frames were hand-built British ones and Maurice Woodrup, a Leeds frame builder, would have a new frame sprayed Mercier pink waiting for him each year. He would take it back to have Mercier transfers attached. In the 1967 Tour de France, after the death of Tom Simpson, Hoban was allowed to win the next stage. Two years later, in 1969, Hoban married Simpson’s widow, with whom he has a daughter Daniella, and two stepdaughters Jane and Joanna.

Hoban also won two stages of the 1964 Vuelta a España and the 1974 Gent–Wevelgem, where he finished ahead of Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck. Towards the end of a career spent largely in mainland Europe, Hoban occasionally returned to the UK to race; he won the London-Bradford race and was second in the British professional road-race championship in 1979, and he won the Grand Prix of Manchester in 1980.

At least one bicycle was made with his name on it, including Barry Hoban-badged frames made by Coventry Cycles (later trading as Coventry Eagle). This is a common practice of retired racing cyclists. Hoban lives in Mid-Wales after moving there to work with the factory that built his frames.

In 2009, he was inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame.