There were flags and people lining the whole route
including Biddle who was very excited.
Helicopters flew overhead.
The commercial caravan went through and then after a long wait the seven man breakaway group.
Eventually the long awaited peleton came into view and flashed by in next to no time.
The team cars brought up the rear.
On the way back down someone said. " It's funny you wait so long for an event to happen and it's over in 30 seconds but it doesn't matter. It was great." And it was, we walked a round trip up and back down of 14 km but it was worth every centimetre. Now I can relax and watch the rest on television.
Looking at the internet later we found our selves on this Yorkshire post photo linked here
We are on right hand side just where the head of the peleton passes two people waving.
Saturday morning saw us up bright and early and travelling to Leeds. Everywhere was decorated in yellow.
and at just gone 8am the streets were filled with crowds of people.
We had a glimpse of some participants signing on
The idea was to then get to the station for a quickish get away to Harrogate but this was thwarted by being the wrong side of the road and there was no way through. So from a new position we watched the roll out
and then off to the station for the train to Harrogate which was packed but not too stressful.
In Harrogate the streets were equally packed with people and covered in yellow. We had a good spot just beyond the finish line. Saw the carvan arrive.
and finally the cyclists
The atmosphere was terrific. We were not sure who crossed the line first and then the devastating news that Mark Cavendish had crashed. I hoped it was not true but then saw him wheeled by in obvious pain.
It was great day, I got sun burnt, was desperate for the loo by the end, had over an hours wait in a queue for the train back to Leeds but would not have missed it for the world.