On the weekend of the 5th and 6th of July the 101st Tour de France came to Yorkshire. Stage One on the Saturday went from Leeds to Harrogate. The Sunday saw Stage Two, from York to Sheffield, racing through my local towns and villages. Yesterday the Tour went from Cambridge to London and it is now back in France to carry on with the rest of the race.
|Willow bike in Todmorden|
|Le Tour sheep at Ribbon Circus.|
|French themed soaps at The Yorkshire Soap Company.|
|Wallpaper in the window at Cabbages and Cushions.|
|Illustrated bikes at The Old Treehouse.|
|Knitted yellow jersey bunting and a yellow bike at Spirals.|
|Bike race lamps at Radiance.|
|Fabric bunting at Molly and Ginger.|
|Yellow bike at The Vine.|
|AstroTurf bunting and tree wrapping at Heart Gallery.|
|Perspex rings designed for the event by Element|
|A bike and painted bunting at The Bookcase.|
|A bike and fabric bunting at Cafe Solo.|
|One of many yellow bikes on the route at Blazing Saddles.|
The other amazing decoration that I want to mention is the Cragg Vale bunting.
Cragg Vale starts in Mytholmroyd in West Yorkshire and goes up 968 feet to moorland at the top. It was one of the climbs of the Tour and was the place where I watched all the action on Sunday. The residents of Cragg Vale and other local residents, school children, community groups etc have spent at least the past year making bunting to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest stretch of bunting. Some of the bunting was patterned fabric, some plain, some printed, some illustrated. The pennants and the distance between them had to conform to strict regulations.
All those pennants were illustrated by local school children. Here are some pictures of the bunting as it goes up Cragg Vale.
The brilliant news is that they did manage to beat the world record and the bunting looked amazing stretching up the hill on the day of the race. There are 52,939 flags stretching 12,115.4 metres! It was a sight to behold.
I am so glad that I didn't stay at home and do my knitting like I originally planned to!