In July 2014, three million people thronged the roadsides of Yorkshire to welcome Le Tour de France to God’s Own County. The sun shone, bands played and church bells rang.
Yorkshire was globally endorsed as the new home of world cycling and its churches took centre stage as landmarks in the TV commentary. The story continues with the annual Tour de Yorkshire and the upcoming 2019 UCI Cycling World Championships.
Here, Rod Ismay, author of Bells & Bikes, picks 16 churches from the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire for you to visit and enjoy; all looking great from the saddle. Plenty of other churches on the route are listed on ExploreChurches, why not explore the map.
Click the photo below to enjoy the article on #ExploreChurches
Did you see those beautiful churches and their soaring towers dominating the TV footage of Le Tour de France and the Tour de Yorkshire? Did you see those massive yellow jerseys, giant bunting and painted bikes that folk adorned their towers with?
If so you’ll love “Tours de la Tour” on the Church Days website. If not, you’ll love it all the same.
Church Days welcomes visitors to the 16,000 Cathedral and Church buildings of the Church of England. Get on your bike and plan a ride around them. Click the photo below…
The Tour de Yorkshire gets better and better. And you can ride the route too!
Whether or not you are one of the thousands of folk riding the Sportive this weekend, you can make a holiday of it another time.
Click the link below to see the 2017 race routes on the official website. You can also explore previous years races there. Below it is a link to the Yorkshire map of the YHA (England & Wales), with handy accomodation in many memorable locations from the Tour de France 2014 and from subsequent Tours De Yorkshire. Go on, make your own cycle tour.
Do send us a photo of your bike on the race route. And a church. And bells!
Click here for the official timings for the Mens and Womens races on the Tour de Yorkshire website.
Loads happening in churches all over the county. Here’s Penistone St Johns…
Check out the page below for more action
Join me 7pm, Friday 17 March at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.
Speaking in The Workstation at The Showroom Cinema, opposite Sheffield train station.
Community events ahead of and during the Tour de Yorkshire are awesome. If you want some ideas here are a few images of things from the last three years – roadside bands, roadside church bells, roadside knitted artwork, dry stone wall bikes, world record bunting and spotty cafes to name but a few… What will you do for 2017?
Continue reading “Tour de Yorkshire – Ideas”
Hot off the press… The list of churches with bells on the race route of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire. Click HERE to explore the map and see how you can get involved.
Check out www.bellsandbikes.com/tdy too for a link to sign up free for the Tour Roadshows being run across the county by Welcome to Yorkshire. Also for my blog and photos from the 2016 race.
Bells & Bikes is available in more shops than ever. Find your nearest outlet via my new google map or buy online at Amazon or Vertebrate Publishing. Or why get in touch with me direct. Have a very merry Christmas and a happy cycling and bellringing new year.
Over 500 churches are having open days between Thursday 8th and Sunday 11th September 2016.
I’ll be helping at Hathersage on Thursday (7-9pm) and Bakewell (Saturday 1-3pm). See you there 😉