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Bells and Bikes

On the Tour de France big ring for Yorkshire and its churches

ISBN:
978-1-909461-47-5
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Paperback (194pp)
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  • Paperback £12.99
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Rod Ismay has a passion (some would say obsession) for the Tour de France. If you think you know someone who is obsessed, think again, but fortunately Rod’s issues found their natural home when his native Yorkshire became the host for the 2014 Grand Départ.

Rod also has another passion – as well as cycling he is quite keen on bell-ringing, so why not combine the two? Why not get all the bells ringing along the Tour route, why not organise countless events, countless meetings, why not drag in churches far and wide, why not involve your employer, your friends, your family, why not photo-bomb five-time Tour winner Bernard Hinault?

Rod threw himself, his King of the Mountains jersey and his endless enthusiasm head first into making this Grand Départ about as good and memorable as it could be. Rod has written with passion about Yorkshire, its people, those two stages of the world’s greatest cycle race and the churches, ringing their bells all along the race route.

If you like cycling then you will love this book. If you know Yorkshire then you will read this book with pride. If you are thinking of marrying a Tour de France obsessive then you need to read this book first.

Rod Ismay indulges in the ABC of life – Accountancy, Bell-ringing
and Cycling.

Organising church bells for the Tour de France was a natural culmination of years spent up towers around Barnsley, encouraging Post Office colleagues to cycle to work and persisting in regular rides up Holme Moss on a 531 steel frame touring bike loaded with unnecessary panniers.

Rod has been formally endorsed by the Post Office as one of its superheroes for Children in Need as a result of serial fundraising projects involving bikes. Rod has been Ringing Master at Hoylandswaine, Yorkshire, and Exeter St David’s in Devon. He is passionate about bell-ringing as a vehicle for arts, community, church service and fun.

He passed his cycling proficiency test in around 1979 and his desk at work is easily identifiable by its collection of polka-dotted garments
and cycling mugs.

  • Title: Bells and Bikes
  • Sub-title: On the Tour de France big ring for Yorkshire and its churches
  • Imprint: Bells and Bikes
  • ISBN: 978-1-909461-47-5
  • Rights: Worldwide
  • Publication: 7 December 2015
  • Edition: First
  • Author: Rod Ismay
  • Classification: Cycling (WSQ); Yorkshire (1DBKEYK); France (1DDF); Christian Churches and denominations (HRCC)
  • Size: 234mm x 156mm
  • Extent: 200 pages, black and white text and 1x 24pp colour plate
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Retail price: £12.99
'Ismay's endless enthusiasm is evident throughout, and makes for a most readable and entertaining book. British eccentricity at its best.'
Richard Peploe, Road.cc
 
'The author writes in an racy and quirky style which conveys with flair his distinctive dual passion for bell ringing and cycling.'
Cycling World
 
'What can I say. Rod has written a gem. So funny and real. Anybody with an interest in Yorkshire and how a passion brings people together should grab a copy asap.'
Stephen Bruckshaw, Amazon reviewer
 
'If you know a bicycle nut or a bell-ringing fanatic or possibly both, this is an ideal stocking filler for the Christmas season.'
Mike Adams, Wheelsuckers 
 
'A cracking read for anyone who appreciates the Yorkshire countryside'
Amazon reviewer
 
'What can I say. Rod has written a gem. So funny and real. Anybody with an interest in Yorkshire and how a passion brings people together should grab a copy asap.'
Amazon reviewer
 
'An enthusiastic cyclist and an equally enthusiastic bell ringer, he uses Bells and Bikes to share his passion for both, in particular calling on readers to give bell ringing a go.'
Feargal McKay, Podium Cafe
 
'His book is a great tribute to Yorkshire, cycling and community creativity.'
Dan Joyce, CTC Magazine
 

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