“..British eccentricity at its best..” said @roadcc

Bells and Bikes tells the story behind this…

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And this…

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And this…


And this…

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Not forgetting this too….

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Available now… online at Amazon, from my publisher Vertebrate Publishing or please do contact me direct to get a signed copy. Also on sale at more and more shops in the map at the bottom of this page.

Any bookstore can order it by name or using ISBN code 9 781 909 461 475.

If you are a retailer and would like to stock my book, please get in touch or liaise with Cordee as explained in the Author Information in the link below. My book is available through other distributors too including Bertrams.

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The book includes stories of community engagement before and during the grandest Grand Depart ever. Find out how we prepared for this massive event and see how you could #bepartofit for a future Tour de Yorkshire!

Bells and Bikes has back cover quotes from Sir Gary Verity, Harry Gration MBE and Nigel Greenway (resilient office mate who sat opposite me at work while all this was going on).

I am indebted to many kind ringers and cyclists and non ringers and non cyclists who have been up for the challenge of making the story possible in the first place and then for encouragement and photographs as the book has taken shape.

In particular, I am most grateful to Jane O’Neill of Abundant Glass who kindly allowed me to use one of her amazing cycling artworks for the cover.

The book is a light hearted, inside story of preparing for Le Tour in Yorkshire. It also includes the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire in 2015 and iconic stories of bells ringing in Barnsley as Sir Bradley Wiggins cycled past.

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Here, we see the author (Rod Ismay) meeting Bernard Hinault, five times winner of le Tour de France. Bernard was on his way to Leeds railway station after the Opening Ceremony of Le Tour on 3 July 2014. An event at which 10,000 fans in the Leeds Arena saw bells being rung at four Yorkshire churches as part of Sir Gary Verity’s welcome speech.

Now read the book and join in the next part of this story. Thank you.

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