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Yorkshire- Where to stay to view 2014 Tour de France Stages 1 & 2?

Sep 12th, 2013, 02:27 PM
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The inn Is owned by HM (Queen) who drops in for a pint every couple of years.
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Jul 6th, 2014, 01:58 PM
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I hope you aren't one of the idiots on the road blocking the path of the riders. It has caused a few accidents and the riders are asking to get the strollers off the roads. I can't understand why they aren't enforcing this more.
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Jul 6th, 2014, 02:40 PM
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I hope you aren't one of the idiots on the road blocking the path of the riders. It has caused a few accidents and the riders are asking to get the strollers off the roads. I can't understand why they aren't enforcing this more>>

lol, flpab, haven't you seen the TdF before? the crowds in Yorkshire were relatively well behaved compared to some I've seen. Normally in France there are no barriers before the last km or two whereas here that were a lot more and a lot more police and security in evidence.

it always amazes me that there aren't more accidents.
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Jul 6th, 2014, 03:12 PM
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I was just listening to the racers and they were saying they appreciate the fans but the strollers on the roads were scaring them. They seem to be out in the road a bit more but love seeing the countryside on tv. Great weather. I love TT racing and they warn you to keep your dogs and kids up or they will get run over. I just think it must be a challenge for the riders.
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Jul 6th, 2014, 04:42 PM
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Shame about injuries to Mark Cavendish and his early retirement.
Fabulous two days (couldn't go because of other commitments but kept in touch on TV, radio and online). Even the weather was kind.
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Jul 6th, 2014, 05:20 PM
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I'm the OP and seeing all the large crowds in the opening days, I'm sad to say we ended up staying home (in the US) to watch the TdF from the comfort of our living room couch. My husband loves the TdF and he didn't want to camp out roadside for hours to watch just one tiny snippet of the race each day. Been there done that, he prefers watching it over and over on the big screen TV. Sigh.....

We will instead by biking from chateau to chateau in the Loire Valley in September.

Disappointed in Cav's early departure.
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Jul 7th, 2014, 09:32 AM
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"I hope you aren't one of the idiots on the road blocking the path of the riders"

I have spent my lifetime watching professional football and rarely have I been impressed by the skills on show. Messi scored last week by simply curling the ball into the far corner. Something many footballers should be capable of but are not!

I was Holmfirth yesterday for the TDF. Nothing can prepare you for the speed of the cyclists and it is hardly surprising some spectators are caught out.
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Jul 7th, 2014, 09:34 AM
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flpab - I [sort of] owe you an apology because you're right that some of the riders were asking the crowds to be careful. But i really don't know why they were singling us brits out for that - I really didn't see anything that I haven't seen loads of times in previous TdFs with the possible exception of those stupid selfies, which do appear to have caused at least one crash today.

but so did the cyclists deciding to cycle down a cycle lane which they then couldn't get out of - you couldn't make that up.

Ann Marie - not as disappointed as we all are! and there are loads of sprinting stages at the beginning of this tour including tomorrow. mind you, Kittel looks nailed on for the points race already, unless he falls off. I sympathise with your DH - and cycling in the Loire can't be all bad, surely. [don't miss my favourite chateau, BTW - Villandry - the most lovely garden].
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Jul 7th, 2014, 10:16 AM
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Congratulations to the Evil So & So who thought up the idea of having a 33% hill after 5 hours of riding
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Jul 7th, 2014, 10:57 AM
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Just been up to Olympic Park to see it pass through on its way to central London. Watching the crowds as they went up Holme Moss, I was a bit worried too about how close the crowd seemed to be getting, but that might have had something to do with the foreshortening effect of telephoto lenses. No such problems in Olympic Park, but our only haul from the caravane was one pointless advertising wristband and one measly Fruit Loop sample. Huh.
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Jul 7th, 2014, 11:02 AM
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I was a bit worried too about how close the crowd seemed to be getting, but that might have had something to do with the foreshortening effect of telephoto lenses.

Nope, it really was happening - even today someone lost their camera to a bike / person impact.

However if you watch some of the Alpine stages later in the Tour you'll see exactly the same behaviour
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Jul 7th, 2014, 12:28 PM
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hard luck, Patrick.

perhaps they were running out after all the crowds of the last 3 days?

and I'm sure that you didn't go just for the freebies, did you?
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Jul 7th, 2014, 12:48 PM
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and I'm sure that you didn't go just for the freebies, did you?

Yorkshiremen - Scots with the generosity removed. Freebies and a free event, no wonder they dashed to the top of the Côte de Holme Moss
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Jul 7th, 2014, 12:49 PM
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but our only haul from the caravane was one pointless advertising wristband and one measly Fruit Loop sample. Huh.

Cycling cap, key ring & a packet of seeds
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Jul 7th, 2014, 01:00 PM
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Yorkshiremen - Scots with the generosity removed.>>

or a cornish farmer with short arms and deep pockets.
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Jul 8th, 2014, 07:05 PM
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Is there not a current post about this? I have loved the coverage on tv this year. Riding through Epping Forest was beautiful on the tv. Just loved it and the crowds were behaving better after the riders spoke out. They were a little freaked out by people turning their backs to take selfies.
I was very impressed with the Doctor attending Froome today from her car. We are getting great info on the feed bags they hand off to the riders. 350 calories an hour is what some need.
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Jul 9th, 2014, 12:03 AM
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>>and I'm sure that you didn't go just for the freebies, did you?<<

No indeed. Any ideas in that direction faded when my eye was nearly put out by a flying thingumajig from Nuffield Health.

>>Cycling cap, key ring & a packet of seeds<<

Wot, no cuddly toy?
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Jul 9th, 2014, 05:20 AM
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And today, on the centenary of the First World War, the Tour de France remembers the great champions and riders who lost their lives during the conflict with the first of three stages across northern French and Belgian battlefields. This article about what happened to the Tour and the riders during the war years makes fascinating reading...

http://www.wheelsuckers.co.uk/profil...ance-remembers
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Jul 9th, 2014, 09:07 AM
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thank you for posting that, julia. fascinating and moving.

I missed nearly all of today as I had to go to work, and turned on the radio to learn that Froome is out. Ironic that in a year that the Tour started with such a bang in the UK, it is likely to finish with little UK interest.
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Jul 11th, 2014, 10:38 AM
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Latest on Chris Froome (for those still interested lol)

Posted by the man himself on twitter....

< MRIs done, confirmed fractures to the left wrist & right hand. Time for some R&R...>>
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