Leeds was abuzz for Le Grand Dpart 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.
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 Dpart 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 Dpart 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.