7 Jul 2014

An eventful day




This was my Sunday afternoon in pictures. Enjoy!


Our chosen spot to watch the Tour de France Yorkshire was
 where there was a sharp bend in a lane in the village of Worrall
(which we could walk to and where some friends live)
Here the route descends downhill into Oughtibridge 
before a steep climb into the village of Grenoside.




More decorations to see.  The road was closed so the children
were busy chalking pictures and slogans during the long wait
before the parade and then the cyclists came through.


What did DH and I do during the waiting time?
Well, we had a sandwich and a drink at the village inn
 and then had a walk around the area. The inn garden was empty!
Everyone was sitting in the front by the road. Others were walking
 or cycling down to the next village.






Finally the parade of sponsors, technical and emergency services
drove through before another wait for the moment when
the first cyclists would race past.  The children were given souvenirs
of the event and there were volunteers, the Tour Makers,
manning the barriers and coming around giving practical information
to the spectators.  There was a great atmosphere in the village
as most people lining the road had walked from the local area 
whilst the villagers were enjoying their parties as they watched
from terraced gardens or windows.


The French and English police escorts.

After the parade we walked up the hill to wait for the first cyclists to appear.
Here they would have been able to sprint along a stretch
of country road from High Bradfield, but would have
had to slow down because of the sharp bend and steep incline
into the village high street.  A helicopter overhead and
a loudspeaker announcement gave a clue that the cyclists
were about to arrive any moment.




These cyclists kept up the momentum
through the last stage of the race into Sheffield.
Congratulations to the winner for Stage 2 from York to Sheffield,
the Italian Champion riding for Astana, Vincenzo Nibali.

One commentator on my last post - welcome Mike -
asked me whether the Tour de France Yorkshire had been worth 'all the hype'?
Well, my family has always been interested in bicycle racing,
both track and road racing, so we're fans of the sport anyway
and being able to watch the Tour de France live in our local area
and community on the day was definitely a wonderful experience.


29 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos Linda! Looks like such a fun day for all. I thought about you all day long and wondered if your weather held up and what you were doing. Thanks for sharing.
    Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cindy. The weather was good, as you can see. A big black cloud came over just before the first group of riders arrived. It actually made it easier to take photos on my little digital camera. In fact we're still enjoying good weather today.

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  2. not only did you have a fun day but look at all the photo ops you found. i like the vehicles and that courtyard with benches at the tables.

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    1. There was certainly plenty to see and photograph, Sandra!

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  3. Hi Linda,

    Great photo's. I did see bits and pieces on the TV over the weekend and it looked fantastic but I think your photo's are better.

    Glad you enjoyed it all.

    Mitzi

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    1. Thanks Mitzi. I'll be catching up with the race as a whole on a television recording and watching the London finish of the last stage.

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  4. That looks great fun, much more of an event than I expected. Glad you had a good time.

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    1. Thank you Jessica. The event seems to have been a great success.

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  5. HI, Hope you had a wonderful weekend. We certainly did! We did have one crazy thing to happen... We have NEVER had to put up our Hummingbird Feeders at nights. BUT--this morning we saw the one in our front yard on the ground! Wooo--wonder what got into that one?????? Our fun with critters never ends! ha

    WOW---I'd love to have been with you to see that race. That is so special --and it appears that you had a great time.. What a gorgeous area. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Today we've been relaxing after a busy weekend as we had some building work finished off on Saturday. I expect you have a good idea what got into the hummingbird feeder. Hope it doesn't happen again.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your Sunday. I live too far away to enjoy this personally so it was nice to spend the day with you!!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed my last few posts giving my impression of the event, Tanya.

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  7. I certainly got a great feel for the atmosphere through your pics, some really exciting shots here. What a wonderful thing to witness, those cyclists know aa thing or two about stamina and determination.xxx

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    1. Thanks Dina. It's always good to be with a good humoured crowd and I'm sure the organisers and the participants appreciated the support everywhere they went.

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  8. We watched that particular bit of the race, amongst others, on TV (would have loved to be there, but mid-Wales was a bit far to venture from, especially as I've been 'racing' (not on a bike, I hasten to add!) to finish marking my quota of GCSE exam questions before the end of Sunday. The BH recognised various bits of the route while we were watching (being a local boy himself, albeit from many years ago, and we don't get up there very often, but need to do so fairly soon to visit family in Rotherham). Didn't think much to the ITV commentators, or some of the camera shots, although it was great to see the helicopter pictures of the countryside. I'm in awe of the riders, though - how on earth can they keep up that level of energy expenditure all day? It must have been fun to be there - even though it's all over in a matter of seconds! We had the Tour of Britain through our village a couple of years ago, and even in our small corner of the world the excitement was great - although a bit disappointing as 'Wiggo' had had to pull out that morning through illness, and we'd all hoped to catch a fleeting glimpse of him, especially the children from the local primary school, who had made banners. Love all your pictures, though - what a splendid collection of souvenirs of a very special day. Yorkshire has done itself proud, with a vengeance!! Ey oop lads (& lasses), well done!

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    1. It's a busy time for you then. I've yet to see the race on iplayer. Of course our local television news coverage has been more informed and entertaining.

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  9. It looks as though you had a wonderful time Linda, you got some amazing pictures of the cyclists!! xx

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  10. I would have been beside myself with joy and happiness to see this event.
    How very exciting for you and your family.

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    1. There was a good atmosphere with a sense of excitement and celebration, Marilyn. A memorable occasion.

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  11. How exciting to be able to watch them cycle! Your pictures are great and looks like it was a perfect day. :>)

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    1. It was an exciting experience as the cyclists passed our way and a good time was had by all. I've been watching the live television coverage today Stage 4 of the Tour de France (now in France).

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  12. hello
    quel beau dimanche , sous la couleur jaune
    Nulle couleur n'est plus joyeuse que le jaune. Couleur du soleil, de la fête et de la joie, elle permet d'égayer un univers et de le faire rayonner
    merci de ce partage tout rayonnant de bonheur
    tendresse
    edith (iris) France

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    1. Yellow was certainly the colour of the day. The street art and decorations made the event even more enjoyable.

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  13. How exciting Linda, your photos were lovely and telaported me right into the village. I seem to remember a friend of mine telling me a few years ago that the Tour de France went through her village also (in England) but Gregg said he didn't think they had been in England before. He is usually right about these things and maybe my memory is playing tricks on me. Whatever the right story, i think you must have had a great time and I wish I had been there to experience it.

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  14. p.s. Thanks for stopping by and wishing me a happy birthday, I appreciated that very much and I wish you a great day also :)

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  15. You give such an enjoyable and vivid impression of the day the Tour de France came to your area. Many thanks, Linda.

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  16. Yes I did enjoy and great that you got to see the tour de France. It came quite close here in Essex and some friends who are keen cyclists went but we followed in on TV.

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