Tour De France Comes To Cambridge

The famous Tour de France cycling race came to the UK this year with Stage 3 beginning in Cambridge, travelling through Essex and ending on The Mall in London.

I headed into the city centre to soak up the amazing atmosphere in Cambridge. I took some Claireabellemakes flyers and found crowds of bike loving people to pass them out to. I even met a lovely blog reader by chance too. Hello if you are reading this!!

This is a photo heavy post, but I hope you enjoy what I managed to capture.


Crowds gathered at the starting point from early in the morning.


Cycling groups were out in their masses.


We spotted a Penny Farthing Bicycle close to the starting point. It was really difficult to see the cyclists as they started due to the crowds.


I had a good chat with the Tour Makers who were also enjoying the fabulous weather.


The crowds were a sea of yellow and polka dot in celebration of the day.


The queue for the official Tour de France merchandise was apparently 2 hours long!


When Team Sky signed in before the race there was a big cheer from the crowds.


This man had the best bicycle t-shirt I had seen all day and seemed chuffed I asked for a photo (much to the amusement of his wife).


T-shirt available from NOTHS

I was so pleased to see my friends were wearing their bicycle bracelets.


The shops in the city were getting into the spirit too. A local bike shop had a fun decoration!


A friend and I did a little shopping after the race and spotted this beautiful gold Bobbin Bramble bike in the window of our favourite fabric shop.


The atmosphere was great and the weather perfect for a day out. In a city where one in 5 journeys is on a bicycle, it felt like a great moment to be a Cambridge resident.


Did you follow the race this weekend? I’m still gutted Cav is out!



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Customised Polka Dot Bike Helmet

It’s Bike Week here in the UK and I’ve decided it’s officially OK for me to indulge in my bicycle obsession! I want to share my customised polka dot bike helmet with you today as well as a selection of pretty hand painted bike helmets.


I recently purchased a helmet in the sale in an independent bike shop here in Cambridge. £25 down from £50! But it was plain old white…..boring.


I decided to go for a gold polka dot bike helmet and promptly ordered some decals from this Etsy store. This DIY was as easy as sticking the decals on. I also added a visor to my helmet to shelter my eyes from the typical British rain.


It’s definitely cuter now! If you don’t fancy customising your bike helmet, you could get one of these fabulous ones instead. I wonder if it is OK for one to have a selection of helmets to choose from?! I am certainly getting that way with my satchels, oops!


1) Hand Painted Apple Bike Helmet / 2) Hand Painted Honeycomb Helmet

3) Sawako Furuno Ribbon Cycling Helmet / 4) Sawako Furuno Floral Helmet

5) Silver Sparkle Bike Helmet

Are you sick of me talking about bike things yet? No? One more thing – a year since the Bicycle Bracelets were launched, 250 have been made. I think they are officially the signature product now! They were even featured in this recent You Tube video by Karen Kavett which I was so chuffed about. Thank you to everyone who has purchased one!




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