Kent 2007 – Gallery

Le Tour last came to the UK in 2007.  It began with a time trial in London on the Saturday followed by a long race stage to Canterbury on the Sunday.

Here are a few images to bring to life how it felt in Goudhurst, Kent on the Sunday.  The photos are taken from the churchyard at Goudhurst.  They show the church and its tower. They also show the crowds, the motorcade and the race.  The atmosphere was fantastic.  Roll on July 2014 in Yorkshire!

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Towers in France – Gallery

Change ringing is largely unique to the UK and to a very small number of other churches in places like Australia and the USA. It depends on having bells hung on wheels which can be rung full circle and rested mouth upwards. For most of the rest of the world bells hang down and swing or are chimed in static positions. Nevertheless there is a rich vein of bells in the cycling countries of Europe.  France has a most beautiful and diverse range of towers all along the various routes Le Tour has taken.  Here are just a few images from the 2013 Tour.

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There are lots of references to bells all along the race routes of the big cycle races. More to follow here. But for now just a taster from the wonderfully named Belleville, the finishing point for Stage 4 of the 2014 Paris Nice race.   Belleville is a typically beautiful French town, rich with the heritage of Beaujolais and blessed with the mighty fine church of Notre Dame de Belleville.

The splendid website below gives history and images of this wonderful church, including organ music from the church.

http://abbatiale-belleville.org/en/photographies/

Further information can also be obtained via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Notredame_belleville_rhone_arriere_01.png and and http://www.cc-beaujolaisvaldesaone.fr/index.php/les-11-communes/belleville