Thursday, 17 January 2013

Tour de France 2014 will come to Cambridge!

...and the city is to be a stage town! Stage 3 will begin in the ancient university city before heading through Epping Forest and into London, where it'll finish on the Mall at Buckingham Palace.

Anglia TV and the Cambridge News put the word out that they'd appreciate help from any local cyclists willing to appear in film footage and photos for their reports and, despite the freezing temperatures (hence no lycra shorts on show) around thirty showed up, bringing a selection of racing, town and Dutch-style cargo bikes - including one laden with a selection of croissants, cakes and Perrier.

We then spent an hour being interviewed (well, not me - definitely a face for radio) and standing around chatting about cycling, bikes and Cambridge. Great fun, and a chance meeting with a couple of cyclists I'd previously only known online. Might not be such a bad idea to do something similar again, a sort of let's-not-get-in-anyone's-way, posh Cambridge version of Critical Mass (with cakes). Anyone else be up for that?

Monsieur Kipling's French Fancies were on offer, along with
Local couriers and advocates of all things cycling OutSpoken
brought along their biggest cargo bike
The jury's still out in the helmets debate, but when your head
is made of fake fur and fluffy stuffing it's best to add a hard
Stage 3 map

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