This is what I will be wearing when I go to see the Tour de France peloton climb to the summit of Holme Moss as I will be unable too get to Buttertubs Pass in the Dales. But I am very fortunate in that the peloton will pass through my adopted home of Huddersfield before finishing in my previous home town of Sheffield.
On my recent visit to the Dales every single village has entered into the spirit of “Le Tour” with banners, yellow bicycles and posters. People are very excited at the arrival of the tour and despite the inconvenience for some people with road closures all that I saw was total support for the event………the entreuprenarial spirit is also alive and well with farmers and anyone who has a bit of land offering camping and parking alongside the route (good old Yorkshire thrift).
Below is the route map for stage 2 of the race which runs from York (racecourse start) to stage finish in Sheffield with a climb over the Pennines thrown in for good measure. As an avid Tour watcher on TV it will be wonderful to see the world’s top cyclists in action, even if it is only for a few fleeting seconds. It is really about the build up to the arrival of the cyclists that is the most exciting……….first you see the helicopter, then the huge entourage of sponsors vehicles and finally the cyclists themselves. And let us hope for another good performance from Team Sky and Sir Brad and Chris Froome.