Yesterday, Leeds played host to the Tour de France 2014 Grand Depart. The city made history as it welcomed the race participants and multitude of fans. Thousands of people gathered in Leeds to watch the ceremonial start and a million lined along the cycle path. The race was due to terminate in Harrogate passing smaller towns in the county and the famous Yorkshire Dales.
The crowd of people was immense; the streets were jam-packed with spectators from different cities wanting to witness the world’s greatest cycle race. From our spot (a little bit far from the starting line), everything was visible. We were also close to the passing sponsor vehicles and the cyclists. As a result, I was able to catch some freebies thrown from the moving caravans. It was not all happy catching this and catching that because on one occasion, I was hit by a P&O Ferries key chain. Thankfully, it didn’t make any bruise or cut. Everybody was cheering when any vehicle passed the cycle route which made the atmosphere more lively and exciting; a little different when in the beginning was all quiet and boring.
When all the caravans passed, we had to wait 1 1/2 hour before we could see the first glimpse of the 198 riders. I had never been to a sporting event like TOUR DE FRANCE before yesterday so I consider myself lucky for being a part of it. I need not to travel to France to watch it. I hope Yorkshire wins the bid for hosting this race again in 2016. It didn’t take long for the riders to pass the route where we were at. The most awaited event gone in a blink of an eye. I will not forget yesterday for I was there- watched and witnessed Tour de France 2014.
We went home straightaway to watch the rest of the race on telly while my mates headed to Harrogate for the finish.
At the end of the first stage race, Marcel Kittel of Germany cycled victorious, claiming the first place while favorite Mark Cavendish crashed 300 meters before the finish line.
The race is on today starting in York and terminating in Sheffield.