Tour de France in Yorkshire

I’m the first to admit that I’m not the biggest sports fan. But there’s something about national sporting events that make you get caught up in the excitement and over the last few weeks I’ve somehow found myself watching a variety of tennis, football and cycling. What is happening to me?

The most exciting thing to happen up in Yorkshire, which is where I’m originally from, was the Tour de France Grand Depart. Mr A is a huge cycling fan so we made the trek back up north so he could watch his heroes pass by.

The atmosphere in York, where we based ourselves, was brilliant. Everyone had made a huge effort to get into the spirit of the Tour and show their support for the cyclists.

It is estimated that five million people turned out in Yorkshire last weekend to cheer the teams on.

We made sure we got a good spot by arriving a couple of hours early and enjoyed watching the parade of sponsors, before the cyclists themselves passed us by in a blur.

Everyone was clapping and cheering and it was so nice to be part of such a special moment and to show the rest of the world that Yorkshire folk know how to put on a good show!


Spot the yellow jersey…


Blink and you’ll miss it!

The best thing for me though was hearing all of the comments afterwards about how lovely Yorkshire is. I don’t know what people expected it to look like! But it was a brilliant advertisement for the amazing place I grew up in and I’m sure it will result in more tourism in the area. Britain’s best kept secret is now out!


The good old Yorkshire sense of humour

Did you watch the Tour de France? What did you think of it?