As Cambridgeshire and Essex prepare for the third day of the Tour de France on Monday 7th July, Mike Stapleton reports on how excitement is building in Yorkshire for the first and second days.
Mike writes: I have just come back from a holiday in Yorkshire where there is a fantastic carnival spirit all along the route of the tour. There are yellow bikes everywhere outside pubs, farm gates and houses and some house walls even painted white with red spots! Bunting displays made up of knitted jerseys of various colours are hanging between trees, lamp posts and in windows as are flags representing tour colours and different nations.
There are leaflets in all the Tourist Offices and incredible memorabilia such as the Tee Shirt with sheep I have pictured. The sheep could be a real problem they don't get out of the road when cars come so I wonder what will happen when the Tour passes...
The route for stage one is amazing- hardly flat! There are some short steep climbs but then some steep descents to tee junctions and the roads are very narrow and winding in places with narrow bridges to negotiate. The best bits should be between Skipton and Leyburn.
The numbers of cyclists I saw on the route was very high.
I went out this morning to see what efforts Cambridge has made to welcome the Tour. For a world renowned "Cycling city" I was very disappointed. It would seem that the tour is just an inconvenience to other road users. The road signage is minimal here compared to Yorkshire. I only saw two decorated bikes in front of the Leys School. Has anyone seen any other displays? Mike Stapleton
Map of the Tour in Yorkshire