The Grandest Depart ever moves to London

The grand tour de France this year began in the city of Yorkshire. The tour saw its opening ceremony in the city centre arena of Leeds. In the grandest depart ever saw 10,000 people witness one of the grandest events that this sport has ever witnessed. The director in the opening ceremony said that up to five million people will be witnessing this grand tour. The first two stage of the race saw millions of people gather on the streets of Yorkshire. The race went through the city streets of Yorkshire and country side. The first stages of the Tour proved to be the grandest of the Departs that ever the cycling greats have witnessed. After watching the crowd in the second day the director of tour stated his happiness saying that it was simply unbelievable that this big a crowd came in to witness the sport.

The director of the tour also shared the thoughts of five times tour champion Bernad Hinault. Hinault believed that in his 40 years association with the sport he has never seen such a big crowd. This is clearly a big achievement towards spreading of the sport. After the two successful stages the tour now moves south to the capital of the country. The best part of the stage was experienced during the climbs. But the third and the final stage of the race have no rise point thus it will be a flatter track as compared to the others. This stage is meant for the sprinters and during the travel towards the capital the racers will go through the parts of Essex. While reaching towards the end of the race the riders will go pass the various main points of the city. The race will end up in the same point where the 2012 Olympic cyclers ended.

Yorkshire Festival Honors Tour De France Through A Bicyclism Exhibition

Northern England seems like in the midst of a bicycling craze and has no plans of slowing down at all, at least not for the upcoming few weeks. In order to celebrate this year’s major cycling event Tour de France Grand Depart, Yorkshire has completely gone bicycle crazy. The Tour de France Grand Depart marks the beginning of the yearly 3 week long, multi stage race, starting on 5th of July in Leeds.

The Tour de France Grand Depart dates way back to the year 1903, taking up a whole new route each year, and finally has arrived the UK. In its long history of 11 years, the world’s largest and most famous bicycling race has been to Britain 3 times. That last time the race was hosted in Britain was back in the year 2007, following a route from London all the way to Canterbury, Kent. Paving the way up to the Grand Depart, a series of events are scheduled to take place all across Yorkshire, including a bicycling exhibition that plays a tribute to the rich history of cycling in leads, by means of photographs.

Bicyclism, the exhibition opens on 24th of June at the City Museum of Leeds and is scheduled until the 6th of July and brings together a huge archive of contemporary photographs focused on the cycling theme. All these photographs are the work of Casey Orr, a photographer based out of Leeds, helped by writer and musician Boff Whalley and Jenny Harris, event producer. The entire project was funded by the Yorkshire Festival, Leeds Inspired and the Arts Council England.
Among the showcased work at the Bicyclism are portraits of the cyclists from Leeds, the photographs of their family, local residents and short films on their life.