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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All The Bicycles

This week it’s been all about the bicycles. What week isn’t for Claireabellemakes?!

I’ve been making a whole ton of Bicycle Bracelets for my new stockist and enjoying the pre Tour De France bicycle activity around Cambridge city centre. There is a great knitted bunting project happening in Cambridge (#CamBuntingTdF), more info here if you’d like to get involved!


There has also been a new colour added to the selection of Bicycle Bracelets on offer in the Etsy store! This lilac hue is becoming a firm favourite of mine and it’s been creeping into my Instagram feed lately.


Tour De France banners are being displayed around the city.


The sunshine has been out most of the week!


Wine shops, pubs and cafes use bicycles to advertise in the street.


A close up of those banners.


Pretty blue pashley bicycle near the day job.


I hope you enjoyed a little bicycle excitement from me today. Soon I’ll be helping G pick out a new set of wheels for our summer bike rides (can’t wait) and I heard this week that my day job is likely to close on TDF day due to the road closures in the city. I can’t contain my bike excitement!

I also have some SUPER exciting bicycle craft news for you soon. A  secret project will be revealed…..

Oh and have you entered my craft giveaway yet? It’s a good ‘un.



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