Well that’s it for Yorkshire. The weekend buzz of Le Tour de France Yorkshire 2014 is over. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, there seemed to be lots of red tape being mentioned which could have potentially ruined the atmosphere you get with the tour but how wrong was I. What a fantastic weekend, the crowds were immense, the weather was better than expected and everything went smoothly apart from the Cavendish crash.
I was up at 5am ready to set off to a spot I had planned several weeks early. This was the hard part, working out how busy it could be. We arrived at around 7am, parking two and a half miles from where we wanted to spectate. After a long walk, a few landscape shots we arrived at the corner to find it empty. On the plus side, I knew I would get the shots I had planned though. With several hours before the caravan was due we decided to keep walking over towards Buttertubs Hill. Even at this early hour, Buttertubs was getting busy. Tents, camper vans, bbq’s on the go. Riders everywhere enjoying the closed roads, albeit still dodging crowds of people. After wondering across the top, we waited in our chosen spot. Watching the crowds ascend past, heading towards butter tubs.
It was a fantastic experience and watching the highlights on Tv showed how mega the crowds really were. Below are some of my favourite images from the day. Hope you all enjoyed it too. Now get out and ride your bike!
Nice bit of rain to start the day.
Luckily it soon cleared up and we could actually see the landscape.
With a heavy camera bag, this 25% gradient was fun. At the top, this was the corner I had spotted, a lot quieter than expected. Slowly the crowds started to form.Some last minute road sweeping. These guys were ready for action, or a sleep still.Love this 🙂Hiding from the midges. These signs were a little worrying as they were right next to where I wanted to be, luckily no one moved us on. Getting some help from parents. Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire….The sun came out!Stereotype French people, particularly like the cheese triangle on the guys head in the middle. This guy was serious, a pro nikon body with 800mm lens, hasselblad on shoulder. He didn’t want to swap his hasselblad with my 5d though 🙁This was a marvellous idea for spiderman. The caravan has arrived.free Haribo!!The crowd cheering as the helicopter that films the riders arrives. It went mental at this point, amazing to be there. Jens Voigt working hard on his own, the peleton was 5 minutes behind him at this point. Nicolas Edet was also on his tod from the peleton. It had got a lot busy so I’d moved up the hill a little bit without realising but still love the wide angle view. In no time at all, they were gone. Followed by a few team cars and then thousands of people ready to ride home. Allez, Allez, Allez!
Cracking day and great to see everyone getting involved. They also announced a 3 day Tour of Yorkshire starting next year so I’m already looking forward to that.