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Postby raveydavey » Sun 06 Jul, 2014 7:11 pm

I'm sure that in months and years to come, people will generally look back on the Tdf's visit to Yorkshire as a great weekend and a good thing.

The passage of time will allow us to forget about the council hangers on, the traffic chaos, the incompetence in getting the roads re-opened and the choice of route out of Leeds city centre (which the wider audience will know or care little about) and remember the fantastic racing, the beautiful weather and the amazing scenery that Gods Own County has to offer and the spectacle we gave the world - who will hopefully now want to visit us.

I doubt that Yorkshire has ever looked better on the telly.

For those who've mocked the coverage, the whole two days has been carried live on ITV4 in HD (much of day one was simultaneously shown on ITV1 in HD as well).
The commentators were not only experts from the cycling world, but had clearly put a lot of time into their research of the places the race passed through and apart from the odd mispronunciation did a great job of providing over 5 hours live commentary each day.
ITV4 also has ongoing live coverage of the whole race with a highlights show every evening for those of us who will be at work during the day.

The only fly in the ointment was watching todays Stage 2, and being surprised that a more photogenic route hadn't been chosen into Sheffield. A route past scrapyards, waste land and semi-derelict factories seemed at odds with the care that had clearly gone into planning what had gone before.
Then I realised that actually was the most picturesque route into Yorkshires least favourite city... Regular Smiley    
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Postby Leodian » Sun 06 Jul, 2014 7:33 pm

Something I've learnt about the TDF is that the 'Yellow Jersey' worn by the leader is not what I would call a jersey. I don't know if there is a specific clothing name for it but is put on by putting hands through the sleeves and then the back, which was open, is either zipped, velcroded or buttoned closed.

Superb scenes and scenery again today and amazing crowds. Great views at Kex Gill. Regular Smiley
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Postby Johnny39 » Sun 06 Jul, 2014 7:55 pm

Leodian wrote:
Something I've learnt about the TDF is that the 'Yellow Jersey' worn by the leader is not what I would call a jersey. I don't know if there is a specific clothing name for it but is put on by putting hands through the sleeves and then the back, which was open, is either zipped, velcroded or buttoned closed.

Superb scenes and scenery again today and amazing crowds. Great views at Kex Gill. Regular Smiley


Sort of a wrong way round "cardie" eh, Leo?
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Postby Leodian » Sun 06 Jul, 2014 8:19 pm

That's an apt description Johnny39. Regular Smiley
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Postby WiggyDiggy » Mon 07 Jul, 2014 1:50 pm

Loved all of it (-:

I was at Harewood for the 2nd start, not at the house itself as that was too busy but a bit along the route at a nice quiet slow spot to catch them.

Once passed it was off to Harrogate via the closed A61 on my bicycle where literally 1000s of cyclists of all abilities on all types of bikes zipped along cheering and waving as we went.

I have to say I was quite impressed with Harrogate, really seemed to get behind the tour. I wasn't as impressed that 'le tour organisers' hid their big screen inside a Guantanamo Bay style camp, not everyone wants that and the empty 'The Stray' park next to it was prime for another screen but it wasnt to be....

I didnt actually wait for the finish, I just soaked up the atmosphere for a little while then headed off to catch the rest of the race on a screen I could see!

Also, coming back into Leeds along a deserted Scott Hall Road a private taxi still managed to pull out in front of me - even when I am literally the only person in the road apparently taxis drivers are still inconsiderate cockwombles.

A fantastic event, a something to build on! 10/10
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Postby Leodian » Mon 07 Jul, 2014 1:55 pm

"cockwombles" made me Regular Smiley WiggyDiggy. It's a new expression to me. Tongue
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Postby anthonydna » Mon 07 Jul, 2014 2:35 pm

I bet he was Madame Soufflé's favourite.
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Postby tyke bhoy » Mon 07 Jul, 2014 3:17 pm

anthonydna wrote:
I bet he was Madame Soufflé's favourite.

Going very OT for Leeds and being pedantic Wink it was Madame Cholet http://wombles.wikia.com/wiki/Madame_Cholet
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Postby stutterdog » Mon 07 Jul, 2014 4:16 pm

raveydavey wrote:
I'm sure that in months and years to come, people will generally look back on the Tdf's visit to Yorkshire as a great weekend and a good thing.

The passage of time will allow us to forget about the council hangers on, the traffic chaos, the incompetence in getting the roads re-opened and the choice of route out of Leeds city centre (which the wider audience will know or care little about) and remember the fantastic racing, the beautiful weather and the amazing scenery that Gods Own County has to offer and the spectacle we gave the world - who will hopefully now want to visit us.

I doubt that Yorkshire has ever looked better on the telly.

For those who've mocked the coverage, the whole two days has been carried live on ITV4 in HD (much of day one was simultaneously shown on ITV1 in HD as well).
The commentators were not only experts from the cycling world, but had clearly put a lot of time into their research of the places the race passed through and apart from the odd mispronunciation did a great job of providing over 5 hours live commentary each day.
ITV4 also has ongoing live coverage of the whole race with a highlights show every evening for those of us who will be at work during the day.

The only fly in the ointment was watching todays Stage 2, and being surprised that a more photogenic route hadn't been chosen into Sheffield. A route past scrapyards, waste land and semi-derelict factories seemed at odds with the care that had clearly gone into planning what had gone before.
Then I realised that actually was the most picturesque route into Yorkshires least favourite city... Regular Smiley    

Totally agree with your comment! Did I read somewhere some months back that London was trying to hi-jack Le Tour after all the effort that people in Yorkshire had put in to bring it here? I can't remember what the details were at the time but I believe there were some sour grapes at Yorkshires success at being awarded the Le Grande Departe! I hope it rains on their parade today!But whatever happens I don't think they'll beat the turnout that was attained here in Yorkshire over the past 2 days!
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Postby anthonydna » Mon 07 Jul, 2014 5:45 pm

tyke bhoy wrote:
anthonydna wrote:
I bet he was Madame Soufflé's favourite.

Going very OT for Leeds and being pedantic Wink it was Madame Cholet http://wombles.wikia.com/wiki/Madame_Cholet



You got me there !

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