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Fleet Street photographer Herbie Knott chases the Tour de France for local hospice

He’s ready – Herbie and his bike ‘The Pothole Queen’ “In the past five years we’ve 19000 miles together and raised over £7500 for charity” Photo shows: Herbie in Pencombe, Herefordshire, during “Tour de Hereford 2020”

Press photographer Herbie Knott will be chasing the Tour de France this year …in Hereford.

In a fundraising bid to ride as far as he can during the 23 days of the famous bike race Herbie will be riding The Tour de Hereford raising funds to support the palliative care services provided by St Michael’s Hospice in memory of his cousin Jimmy Waller. – The aim is to cycle as far as you can during the 23 days of the Tour de France and support your Hospice mile after mile –

Herbie told PAN: “I was born March 1949 (age 72). After reading PPE at University College, Oxford (with Bill Clinton!) I embarked on a 40-year career travelling the World as a Fleet Street photographer, principally with The Standard, The Sunday Times and The Independent. I moved to Herefordshire in 2005 and bought my first bike since schooldays in 2013, a £23 orphan from the country auction. Since then we’ve travelled over 19000 miles together, mainly on the lumpy Herefordshire lanes…she’s known as The Pothole Queen. In the past five years we’ve raised over £7500 for charity, including two 140-mile trips from London to Amsterdam for Prostate Cancer. Most recently I’ve become actively involved with a local group seeking to establish a 20-mile “Hereford-Hay Greenway” on the trackbed of a disused railway.”

Support Herbie HERE

Here’s a few shots from Herbie’s cycling photo album:

Amsterdam (2019) with the Ajax ArenA in the background
Almeley, Herefordshire, 2019
“Tour de Hereford 2020”

• Read Herbie’s Frank Selby obituary on PAN in 2018


  • Go Herbie! Go Herbie!

  • Good luck, Herbie!! watch out for Spectators and helicopter!!!!

    • Thanks Sharron! Good sweaty fun in a great cause. 124/276 miles completed in six days, way ahead of target. You’d have a good giggle at my latest cycle jersey…looks like it’s covered in runny ice-cream…but very “visible” as are my lights, front and back, so vital on blind country lanes. Whizzed through Almeley and “The Bell” tonight…where we met with Debs. Thanks for your encouragement! xxHerbs

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