Tour de France cyclists in The Mall, July 7th, 2014 Elite cycling – the new, hot draw on the street Tour de France is sure to return – but where? Could Formula E be next big mass spectator sport? Have we seen the start of a mass spectator event culture in Britain? The astonishing success of… Continue reading
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Harrogate welcomes the Tour de France, with a nice cup of tea.
Now we know where Harrogate is. The first day of the 2014 Tour de France, which took palace in Yorkshire was an event of Olympic proportions, and enthusiasm. Was there ever a televised road journey with such massive, joyous support? The race started in Leeds and ended in the sedate spa town of Harrogate. The… Continue reading →
Tour de Swaledale – fast ride through a quiet Yorkshire valley
Around 2.21 on Saturday, July 5 this year (2014) the first of the riders in the first stage of the Tour de France will pass down through Buttertubs Pass in Yorkshire, picturesquely renamed Côte de Buttertubs for the purpose, and will then bear east along Swaledale, through Muker and on to Reeth. It will be… Continue reading →
Tour de Yorkshire – will the Wolds open the greatest cycle race
Did the Tour de France organizers choose Yorkshire for the first two stages of 2014 race because the county’s wide open spaces reminded them of home? I would like to think so. There is room in the huge, high landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds for some serious, long-distance cycling, with a hill or two thrown… Continue reading →