The weather was fine, and Yorkshire turned out by the million to line just about every part of the route of the Grand Depart – Yorkshire’s hosting of the start of the Tour de France for 2014.
After a short trip on a special bus service, I joined crowds in Oxenhope, in ‘Bronte Country’. Although it was miles from the nearest Spectator Hub in Haworth, there were plenty of people lining the roads. The atmosphere was electric, everyone was friendly and excited. I was lucky to find a good vantage point on a steep hill where I hoped I my view of the road would remain unobstructed , which thankfully it did.
The cyclists were expected soon after one o’clock and as the time approached we could see 5 helicopters circling not far away. They then seemed to disappear but soon a car came through announcing that the cyclists were just a few minutes away.
A group of 7 breakaway riders came through first, to huge applause. David de la Cruz (on left) and Bart de Clercq (on right) were the cyclists at the front.
Soon afterwards the peloton flowed through like a swollen river, to even more applause.
The event was soon over but everyone was delighted.