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Being There: Live at Leeds – The Tour de France Starts At Last

July 5, 2014
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Leeds was abuzz for Le Grand D‚part 2014 as many thousands of cycling fans descended on the capital of the West Riding to celebrate the start of the world’s greatest cycling race. French TV was on hand for a live broadcast from Leeds, while Tour aficionados cruised along The Headrow in the town centre. Leeds Town Hall, a 19th century Victorian edifice designed by local architect Cuthbert Brodrick and opened in 1858. To honor Yorkshire’s French connection, le tricolour flag of France was flying above the building.

Although the day started off cool and gray, by the time the official countdown for the start began, the sun crept out to provide a beautiful and warm opening stage for not only the raucous crowd present, but also, the worldwide cycling audience tuning in on their tellies.


The Yorkshire Bike Show was held in Victoria Hall, the centerpiece of Leeds Town Hall, which hosted many of UK’s unique cycle and clothing brands that presented their wares for show and purchase and contains one of Europe’s largest concert organs.


The blokes from Milltag, a UK clothing company, designed a cool kit to celebrate the Le Grand D‚part 2014 in Yorkshire, with a color scheme inspired by the Yorkshire County Cricket jumper and their take on Le Grand Depart logo with the White Rose of Yorkshire, displayed here on a classic British tea towel.


Tour de France fans of all stripes were on hand in Leeds for Le Grand D‚part 2014.


Garmin-Sharp’s Ben King had his entire family came over from the USA to be on hand in Leeds to cheer the 25 year old Tour rookie on as he embarked on his first Tour adventure.


And so it’s begun – thank you Leeds and Yorkshire.

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