October 31, 2020

Cycling fan recreates Tour de France in miniature

The miniature peloton on the extension roof Image copyright @Englishtifosi
Image caption Tour de France devotee Peter Martin sounded the starting gun in his back garden

A cycling fan who was “inconsolable” about the Tour de France being postponed has recreated scenes from the event in miniature in his back garden.

Peter Martin, from Marsham in Norfolk, has transformed his pool into the Mediterranean and roof into mountains.

Originally scheduled to start on 27 June, the Tour was postponed until 29 August due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The race devotee said the response to his tweets of his Tour de My Back Garden had been “phenomenal”.

Mr Martin and his son Henri stage a scene over their paddling pool
Image caption Mr Martin and his son Henri have re-imagined their paddling pool as the Mediterranean sea
Pile-up on the model course Image copyright @Englishtifosi
Image caption There was a moment of high drama on the course as the model cyclists collided

Mr Martin has posted numerous scenes online featuring his 1,400-strong collection of models and has been helped by his eight-year-old son Henri Desgrange, named after the event’s founder.

The collector has previously displayed his models in local village halls to raise money for charity.

Peter Martin
Image caption He has used every aspect and feature of his garden, even the walls
Model collection
Image caption Mr Martin has acquired his collection of models over 22 years visiting France during the real race
The start of the Tour de My Back Garden Image copyright @Englishfitosi
Image caption Mr Martin has posted about four photos a day – since the original scheduled start date – on Twitter
The Champs Elysees finish Image copyright @Englishfitosi
Image caption The recreation includes the famous final sprint on the Champs-Elysees in Paris
Mark Cavendish wins the final stage of the Tour de My Back Garden Image copyright @Englishtifosi
Image caption Mark Cavendish wins the final stage of the Tour de My Back Garden

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