Your chance to be part of the world's biggest bicycle ... in Bradford.

Published by Lyn on 28 August 2014

Here's a non-France cycling post that's come to me via Gérard, who runs The French Factor language school in Bath, UK. (Gérard helped me out with our French cycling dictionary).

Bradford on Avon

Bradford on Avon (recorded for posterity before it transformed into a giant human bicycle). Photo:

He forwarded a message from the mayor of nearby Bradford on Avon, John Potter, who writes:

"We need about 200 people to take part in an amazing spectacle designed to promote Bradford on Avon, as the Tour of Britain comes through the town on Friday, September 12.

BAFTA-winning set designer Bill Laslett has designed a 20 x 50-metre (HUGE) cycle ‘sculpture’ – with moving wheels – made of people. It will be filmed from a helicopter and broadcast on TV channels worldwide. Now we just need YOU to make it happen!

"The human bicycle will be set in motion at Hartley Farm, Winsley, at 10.30am on Friday, September 12. Everyone taking part will need to be there by 10am to get into position – there is plenty of parking at Hartley Farm – and will also need to attend a rehearsal (very important) at 11am on Wednesday, September 10.

"The film will be shown on TV in more than 100 countries worldwide – be part of it and put Bradford well and truly on the global map!

"Please share this with all your local contacts: we need YOU to make this happen.

"If you would like to take part, email

"Thank you very much
John Potter."

Now, I've never felt the urge to go to Bradford on Avon before (though it looks like a lovely place). However the chance to be part of the world's biggest human bicycle is one hell of an excuse to check it out (here is another good excuse – a walking festival).

It's a shame Bradford isn't, say, Bordeaux – but if you happen to be living a tad bit closer than me, then shoot off an email to the town clerk at Bradford and book your spot. Go! NOW!

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