Saturday, 5 July 2014
Tour de France - Le Grand Départ 2014
So... I stood for four hours in Leeds city centre on Thursday evening, determined to see Team Sky and try and get a pic for my blog. There was a parade through part of the city centre before the grand opening ceremony at the Leeds Arena. It seemed like the best chance to get a half-way decent photo so I went early, staked out a viewing spot and waited... and waited.... But I was rewarded with this, which at least shows the faces of all nine competitors in Team Sky. There's Chris Froome at the front.
There were thousands of people watching and it's always hard to get a good view at things like this. No chance of an uncluttered background! Helpfully, they were cycling slowly, so they weren't just a blur.
Managed to get a shot of Mark Cavendish too, who rides for Omega-Pharma Quickstep, the Belgian team. As far as I can see, there are only four Brits among the 198 riders.
I'm hoping to see a bit of the race somewhere, but I don't expect to get any more photos worth having, indeed I shall be watching rather than trying to take pics. To be honest I don't really know much about cycling; it's all a bit confusing to me. But it seems silly not to see something of this (probably) once in a lifetime event in Yorkshire, when I'm so close.