Ey up my lovely readers! I still can’t get over my Tour de France Grand Départ experience last weekend, and I must say, it was very grand indeed! The crowd and the atmosphere were amazing, even the weather has brightened up… and I have never been so proud living in Yorkshire myself, who have delivered the grandest of Grand Départ as to the race director Christian Prudhomme have said himself. An estimated 2.5 million people lined the route as the riders sped through Yorkshire’s most famous sights and landmarks and breathtaking views. The race started with a royal send-off, as the Duchess of Cambridge cut the ribbon to officially start the race alongside Prince William and Prince Harry at Harewood House in Leeds. The Stage 1 of Grand Départ finished in Harrogate, where I patiently waited for 4 hours in front of the iconic Bettys cafe near the finish line, but it was a lovely and very exciting 4 hours of my life! I managed to purchased a souvenir TDF cap for £18 and a £2 TDF shopper bag too, that’s an hour queueing by the way- but was definitely worth it! Although the crash of Mark Cavendish on the opening stage was heartbreaking, his fellow Yorkshireman’s love, respect and support still makes him a winner.
I haven’t got close to get a selfie with the royals or the riders, but at least I managed to get one with pink piggy ;)