I was staying in Harrogate and cycled the route in the reverse direction to Leyburn. The roads were closed to cars and the excitement was building as I cycled northwards. Spectators were claiming their viewpoints, hanging up bunting and chalking Go Cav on the road.
Yorkshire had really embraced the tour with countless yellow bikes along the roadside, polka dot sheep and French themed pubs, ohh and cycling canaries…
The chainsaw sculptor had been out in Harrogate
I met up with an old friend at Leyburn and cycled back towards Harrogate along the route, the crowds were now four deep and cheered us on as if we were an breakaway from the Tour. The party at Masham was in full swing so I decided to join them locking my bike in view of the Theakstons brewery.
I found a great vantage point on the road that allowed me to keep one eye on the large screen to follow progress of the race. The atmosphere was continuing to build with police bikes riding passed tooting their horns and high fiving the baying crowd.
The road was closed and it wasn’t long before the caravan appeared
European music boomed out from the crazy floats
The procession lasted about an hour, it was a zany festival on wheels
The crowd loved it !
After another hour of Police and Gendarme motorbikes the peleton swept through Masham to the cheering crowd.
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