Cambridge is gearing up for the Tour de France, which will pass through its streets on Monday, 7th July. Cycling is not just a popular mode of transport in the flat medieval city but a way of life. As such, the people of Cambridge are getting set to celebrate and promote the Tour in some creative (and some downright wacky) ways. Here’s our round up of what to look out for:
‘Le Peloton d’Art’
Cambridge locals may have noticed a series of sculptures showing cyclists appearing in shops, offices and businesses along the route of the Tour. Local artist David Mitchell has created 22 sculptures each decorated with a unique design that represent the individual members of the ‘peloton’ or main group of cyclists. After the Tour all the sculptures will come together in an exhibition before being sold in a charity auction.
Download the map to see where the sculptures are located.
Cambridge knitters have been busy creating 2,000 miniature knitted jerseys in Tour de France colours, which can now be seen hanging as bunting adorning the streets of the city centre along with decorations created by ‘knitting’ abandoned bike wheels. This isn’t the first time wool and cycling have come together in Cambridge either, the bizarre trend of ‘yarnbombing’ has seen guerilla knitters decorating bike racks and even bikes themselves with colourful yarn.
Recycle le Velo Sculpture Trail
Cambridge International Art and the Cambridge Business Improvement District have been working with local artists to create 13 innovative sculptures from unwanted bicycles. The sculptures are being hosted by local businesses and visitors are invited to follow a trail which will allow them to view all of the sculptures.
Cambridge Cycle of Songs
Historyworks and The Pilot Theatre have come together to produce a series of songs that reveal the hidden history of Cambridge. The project, which was funded by the Arts Council England and commissioned by Cambridge City Council sees local choirs, poets and people of all ages performing songs inspired by the history behind nine iconic places in Cambridge.
The pieces have been commissioned from a wide range of composers and poets, inspired by historical research and based on words from original sources of fascinating and quirky stories at iconic locations along the Tour’s route in Cambridge. Visitors will be able to download a free app, which will allow them to listen to the songs and discover the history as they visit the different locations.