One of last week’s main purchases combined two areas of interest – namely, vintage ephemera and cycling. This huge quantity of 1950s cycling memorabilia appeared at a local auction and we couldn’t resist.
We haven’t done much cycling ourselves in recent years as our big dog provides all the exercise we need, but we still follow it keenly – particularly the Tour De France at this time of year. We’re often distracted from our work when it appears on TV. We love to follow the riders on their journey, both in terms of taking in the stunning French scenery and the sporting competition itself. We went to watch Le Tour when it passed through Yorkshire (and previously Brighton when we lived there) – and we’re determined to follow the race in our camper van when we eventually get one (we’re still saving up! :-)).
Back to the ephemera though. It’s mainly in the form of French magazines and brochures – many relating to the Tour de France.
They’re packed full of interesting historical photographs, artwork, advertisements and features on riders from the era – famous names such as Louison Bobet, Fausto Coppi and Jacques Anquetil.
Quite a treat for cycling fans!
Some of the magazines even have their original route maps intact which is very rare to find…
…unused and neatly folded inside.
They’re perfect for framing and very sought after in themselves – a fabulous find!
We’ll be sorting through them in the coming weeks, having a good browse and then listing them for sale. We might allow ourselves to keep a few pieces, but the majority will be available to buy – watch this space if you’re interested.
Along with half the population of Yorkshire, we watched the Tour de France at the weekend.
Armed with picnic & camera we hiked to Cragg Vale on Sunday – the longest continual incline in the country… and now also the world record holder for continuous stretch of bunting.
We thought we’d share a few images with you. The cyclists are the focus of the day of course, but these pictures capture the crowds, decorations and atmosphere which were as much a part of the event.
Well, it’s not everyday you see three giant rabbits winding their way across the moors.
Everyone had their spot – some people jostled for a position at the roadside – others took a more laid back approach.
There were a fair number of camper vans in evidence, but most people arrived on foot or by bicycle.
Some people were there to cheer on favourites, others just to support the whole peloton on its epic journey.
The sun shone and there was much cheering & laughter in this normally remote & quiet spot.
We’re already looking forward to watching again next time round (and there surely will be a next time)… or following it round France in our camper van when we’ve saved enough money.
It was great fun watching it later on TV too – all those familiar villages & roads transformed into something very different for a few hours. A truly memorable day!
The Tour de Yorkshire is pedalling its way through the county this weekend. There’s a fantastic atmosphere in the Calder Valley. Lots of the shops have made a big effort with their cycling-themed window displays; houses along the route sport bright yellow bicycles in their windows and the schools have gone to town with banners and cycling figures attached to railings.
We drove up Cragg Vale (the longest, continuous gradient in the country) this week to reckie a good vantage point for Sunday. There are multiple colourful strings of bunting right the way to the top – apparently it’s a world record attempt – over 10 kilometre’s worth!
The Tour’s visit to this area will be a once in a lifetime occurrence – here’s a little cross-section of commemorative and celebratory things produced in recognition.
- Bang Tidy Clothing women’s Yorkshire Cyclisme 2014 T shirt: £10.97, Amazon
- Tour de Yorkshire, day two – signed, mounted limited-edition print: £120, Michelle Campbell Art
- Handmade Tour de France Yorkshire bunting: £15, Etsy
- Velo-City – 12-bottle case: £32.50, York Brewery
- Cragg Vale cyclists print – inspired by Tour de Yorkshire: £45, Folksy
We’re currently engrossed in the Tour de France – it’s celebrating its 100th anniversary this year so we felt it only fitting to mark it with a blog post. This poster was designed by Eleanor Grosch – one of a series she’s done to commemorate the centenary. It’s of Alpe D’huez, a famous mountain stage of the race.
The design is available as a gorgeous limited edition T-shirt from Après Vélo (and you get a free poster with your purchase too!)