A selection of photos from my own day on the route of Le Grand Depart in the Yorkshire Dales, just outside a village called Threshfield near Grassington.

It was amazing! Organisation was slick but low key. Policing was minimal and there were no muppets driving the wrong way on roads temporarily designated one-way ! A real feel good factor reigned throughout and I felt very proud to call Yorkshire home.

As you see, we were right on the verge of a narrow country road. The cyclists were silent as they passed except for a whoosh of air and multitude of tires on tarmac.

Very exciting to see the charismatic Jens Voigt – the oldest man in the race at 42 – pass in first place  – he went on to gain the polka dot jersey for the first stage.


Jens Voigt out in front!
Jens Voigt out in front!
Here comes the Peloton !
Here comes the Peloton !

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It's all over in about 45 seconds !
It’s all over in about 45 seconds !

IMG_4289Nearby Grassington decked out with bikes, yellow planting and plenty of bunting.IMG_4298IMG_4297IMG_4295


TV Screen set up in a field to watch the rest of the race


Yorkshire Dales National Park