2 Jul 2014

'A grand day out'



This coming weekend Yorkshire hosts the first two stages of the 101st Tour de France before setting off again in Cambridge, moving through Essex with a finish on The Mall in central London. Hundreds of cyclists will be competing for the prestigious Yellow Jersey.  The race includes sprints for the fastest riders and hills and climbs for the King of the Mountains. The hills and dales will prove challenging for the Yorkshire Grand Depart, but the cyclists will race through spectacular scenery and for the spectators it will be 'a grand day out'.  Let's hope the weather stays dry - we've had some sunny days this week - as this would be a bonus in making this event special as the host towns and villages along the route have been busy planning ever since it was announced that the Tour de France would be held in the UK in 2014.

In recent weeks all kinds of displays have been set up along the route and now the bunting is being put up whether the cyclists pass by or not.  We live close to the route that's being taken at the end of stage 2, but we shall have to walk there as all the roads will be closed on Sunday except for emergency vehicles.  Yesterday we went to have a look at some of the preparations nearby and then on to High Bradfield and combined this with a walk around the village green in Low Bradfield





 The cyclists will race up the hill from Low Bradfield to High Bradfield




The former blacksmith's workplace











It was a hot day, but there are shady places around the village and this is the winding hill going up to High Bradfield.

High Bradfield






The view down the hill for those that manage to get a seat in the inn gardens on Sunday.


The next part of the route will be through the hills and lanes where we can get to on foot and have a good vantage point.











We met some people along the way either watering the plants on the displays, putting up flags and bunting or taking a quiet walk before the crowds assemble at the weekend.  Some of the fields are being used as camp sites and there's going to be a beer festival with locally brewed beer.  As I've said before the area will be closed to vehicles for miles around and in most main city streets so it will be necessary to walk to a chosen place well before the welcome team, the sponsors and then the cyclists go by. We wish all those taking part or spectating an enjoyable, safe and successful weekend in Yorkshire.



Another stretch of a lane nearer to where we live.  The photo is deceiving as it's quite undulating, but with a gentler incline!


Here's a map of the Yorkshire route.  The black X shows the location of High and Low Bradfield.

Lastly a few more related photos of images spotted in Sheffield.






30 comments:

  1. We're not on the route but a yellow bicycle, complete with flower pot man riding it, is on display outside the local primary school round the corner from us. We'll be travelling out of Yorkshire on Saturday as we start our holidays in Cornwall.

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  2. I noticed our local primary school had really done a good job with putting up displays and bunting too although I didn't take a photo. I'm sure there's a lot of scope for teaching across different areas of the curriculum initiated by this major sporting event. Enjoy your holiday in Cornwall which is another beautiful county.

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  3. Not much of a bicycle racing fan, last time I got on a bike myself I promptly fell off.

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    1. Oh dear! Cycle racing isn't everyone's cup of tea. I shall be watching although I expect the main riders will go by in a flash!

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  4. Enjoy the spectacle this weekend Linda and I hope the weather stays as good as it was when you took the photos. Maybe a bit cooler for the cyclists! The scenery, as ever, is spectacular in itself.

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    1. It's the sense of occasion that counts, Jessica. I'm sure refreshments for the sponsors and water for the cyclists will be offered along the way and yes, hope the weather is dry and not too hot.

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  5. What an exciting time for the town! I hope that the weather is fine for the riders and spectators. We here in Iowa have a large annual bike ride that goes through different towns each year (not a serious race like the famous Tour de France, but a non-competitive one that anyone can participate in for enjoyment): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAGBRAI , and it can really be a proud event for the towns in which overnight stops are scheduled, as well as lucrative for local businesses. Have a fun day watching the race! -Beth

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    1. Thanks Beth and for the link to your own State annual bike ride and I'll take a look. I've enjoyed seeing the bike clubs and individuals zooming around the hills without effort in the last few months no doubt preparing for the weekend.

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  6. i love love love every single yellow bike, who knew they could be beautiful painted yellow. bob has and old one that might be spray painted...the mural is wonderful and every single on of your photos today is so beautiful... narrow streets, flowers with bikes, oh my.. so much beauty

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    1. I hope Bob spray paints your old bike, Sandra - that would be fun and I'd love to see it if he does!

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  7. I love all the yellow bikes, they are fantastic!!!! What a great idea they are. I hope that you get a great spot Linda to watch the race and that it is lots of fun. You must be very excited indeed that it is coming near you and that you will get to go and watch! I hope that you enjoy it and have a wonderful time. xx

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    1. There's a sense of anticipation now that the event date is finally upon us. We'll join my book group friends who live on the route in the next village to us.

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  8. The yellow bikes are great atop chimneys, hanging from trees, bunting using lycra tops, what a lovely sense of occasion it has created, enjoy it.

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  9. It's so good to be back and sharing with you after such a long time. I loved the photos...wouldn't it be great to play 'spot the yellow bikes' and see who counts up the most!!

    I hope the weather is good for the cyclists and spectators!!

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    1. I'm pleased to hear from you Tanya. 'Spot the bike' sounds like fun. Actually there's one in one of my photos that I didn't realise I'd taken! Yes, hope the weather is good especially for the cyclists - they train so hard. It's a tough sport to participate in.

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  10. Oh, it does sound very exciting. Gosh, some of those hills look steep! I did enjoy all those yellow bikes, marvelous stuff! Let's hope the weather stays warm.xxx

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    1. According to the weather forecast I think it will be cooler than the last few days which will probably be better for the cyclists.

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  11. Oh Linda - it looks like it's going to be so much fun. So hope you have sunny weather so everyone can have a grand time of it. Love those yellow bikes and those last photos are stunning!
    Cindy

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    1. We're hoping to have a picnic with family and friends so looking forward to the event.

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  12. I wasn't aware that the Tour de France had been moved dot the U. K. It looks as if the preparations are going well. I hope you are able to get to a good vantage point and get some great pictures. I really like the yellow bicycles that have been put up.

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    1. Thank you George. Hosting the Tour de France in Yorkshire is a one-off experience for Yorkshire. That's why it's special.

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  13. Another lovely post which really sets the scene for the great event, Linda. I do hope the weather is kind after so much hard preparatory work. I just love all the yellow bicycles. :-)

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    1. Yellow is certainly the colour of the day around here, including the children in yellow T-shirts at our grandson's school today!

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  14. hello
    super la décoration avec les vélos jaune
    une année ils sont passés dans mon village aussi à St Ceneri le Gerei en Normandie
    c'est assez impréssionnant
    j'aime beaucoup toutes les photos que vous avez faite avec le différent point de vues
    j'espére qu'ils auront beau temps , car pour nous en Normandie cela ne sera pas très beau ( pluie , orage )
    tendresse
    edith (iris)

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    1. Hello Iris. Good to hear from you. You live in a beautiful village in Normandy and it must have been exciting when the cyclists passed through it. I hope you have a good weekend. Let's hope you have some sunny days instead of rain.

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  15. Hi Linda, What a gorgeous area.. Glad you all checked it out... I know how excited your area is getting to have/see part of the Tour de France.. Hope you all can watch it... Take some photos for us... I read that women can participate this year... NEAT.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  16. The yellow bikes are so fun to see along the way. When I worked for Nike we could watch the Tour de France on
    a huge screen live. It was so fun to watch with a room full of enthusiasts. How I love the memory of it. What
    a beautiful country side to be riding.

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  17. Such lovely countryside and villages---a wonderful place for them to cycle. I esp. like the yellow bikes and that mural of the cyclist. :>)

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  18. Always interesting to see my country through other peoples eyes.

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