Andrew Smith‘s Vélo, a photographic paean to cycling, summer, and the back-breaking beauty of the Tour de France, opens at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, on Saturday 30th June with an event that will also feature live music from Jez Matthews and Collette Dutot. The exhibition consists of images taken from Andrew’s book Vélo, which has just been released in a first edition run limited to 60 copies.  Tim Krabbé, author of seminal existential cycling novella The Rider (‘Sometimes you reach the end of something only because you forget for a moment that it isn’t over yet’) says that in Vélo cycling ‘becomes a visible myth.’

The opening event gets underway at 6pm, straight after this year’s Tour prologue in Belgium draws to a close. If you plan to come on your bike there’s limited lampost space immediately in front of Bank Street Arts but ample parking provisions around Sheffield City Centre. If you’re local it might be worth leaving your wheels at home- a bar will be open courtesy of Café Juniper.

Vélo runs until 31st July. After the opening event Bank Street Arts is open from Tuesdays- Saturdays, 10am- 5pm. You can find Bank Street Arts here.

See also: Traces of golden moments / Vive le Tour! / La Course en Tete

Hear also: Pete Shelley’s pulsating theme tune to Channel 4’s 1980s Tour coverage.

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