- TdF Good, Bad and the Ugly
Loved the relatively cheap but fully equipped campsite at the Nidderdale bike fest(£30 two nights),hated the french vans selling memerobelia with annoying tannoys,
On the whole though an excellent weekend, and great see so many bikes around and people enjoying themselves.Posted 3 years agokeng38Member
Fantastic day today
Good – amount of people arriving on bikes (proper cyclists) not fat in his 40’s john in his jeans.Posted 3 years ago
Bad – idiots walking down the road while the peloton clearly on the way.
Ugly – having to pay £8 (me & 2 kids) to get on Mytholmroyd park just to buy a hot dog (obviously not staying for the live music till 9pm)edlongMember
amount of people arriving on bikes (proper cyclists) not fat in his 40’s john in his jeans.
Absolutely. We don’t want to encourage ‘normal’ people to hop on bikes and think that they’re a viable, sensible means of transport, cycling needs to be the preserve of proper cyclists with special clothes and equipment.Posted 3 years agooldagedpredatorSubscriber
Highlights, that it came within about 25miles of where I grew up. Seeing Hawes open and embracing the tour at 6am, tour de france signs in Kirkby Stephen and just the shere number of people on bikes. The highlight though had to be Jens Voigt in the cauldron of noise between the spoil heaps on Buttertubs.Posted 3 years agocatschroedingerMember
Good = kids screaming their lungs out with excitementPosted 3 years ago
Bad= MAMILs pretending to be chris froome riding the wrong way down roads and wondering why fathers with kids were going to put their lights out, really 30 mph whilst folks are walking with no way of stoppingsteve_b77Member
Good – the whole thing, brilliantly done.
Bad – there’s some rite knob ends that ride bikes out there int there!?!
Ugly – the rider that seems to have gone down the hardest, well his knee and Lycra anyway.
Funniest – the guy who fell off riding up Holme Moss in front of me while doing about 3mph and then lying on his back, bike in the air & still clipped in. Hotly followed by the guy who did the very same under the KOM banner and the 2 guys in manikins tackling the security after they tried to stop them, nuts oootPosted 3 years agotroutSubscriber
the fantastic maelsrom of people on the col de Cringles today
Good the fantastic work of the folks trying to keep us and the riders safe
the great weather
the awesome spectacle of the tour in yorkshire
has two days of great cycling on a never to be repeated eventPosted 3 years ago
this morning i rode the wrong way on the steeton bypass with my dog in the middle of two lanes and no cars it was bliss.
been a fantastic weekend of sporttonSubscriber
good= fantastic carnival atmosphere in leeds, which lasted allday. it was awesome.
bad= me, getting sunburnt whilst sat outside the magic spanner bar, supping one of the best ales i have ever had, at a nice price too.
ugly= idiot blokes in replica kit, trying to get to the front on the barriers, with their bikes(100yds off the start line). a copper told them he would confiscate their bike if they did not move to the back and use some common sense.Posted 3 years agooldnpastitMember
Good – the atmosphere at the top of Blubberhouses moor, especially the guy on the top of the crags playing the bagpipes!
Bad – was there anything bad? I got slightly sunburned? I found a fantastic pub selling excellent beer and food for a reasonable price just a few miles off the course which is going to make all other pubs in Cambridge seem a bit rubbish?
The midges were a bit annoying early on in the morning.
Ugly – probably me.Posted 3 years agoSanchoMember
Good being handed a bottle by Nibali on the way up Oxenhope, Bad the bell ends getting in the way of the riders (some great footage of a rider smashing one to the floor, did well to stay on his bike)
Ugly, Cav going down in Harrogate.
Got to see it in Otley, Harrogate and Oxenhope, and still watch the finish on the big screen in Keighley and all in a t-shirt and shorts and hot sun, but the coverage on BBC has done my head in, maybe they need to get their heads out of their collective peadophile arses and realise that it was the biggest event happening in the UK and there were millions of people watching not “tens of thousands” – dicks!Posted 3 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
Parked at Ainley Top (Huddersfield) and spent the day near the top of the Cote de Greetland with my wife and boys, and my brother and his family.
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Bad: the racket made by my nephew after he trapped his finger whilst smacking the hell out of an old wheel rim
Ugly: Nothing really. Everyone enjoyed it. Always good to see the police waving and smiling, whether the guy trying to keep the crowd from spilling onto the road, the motorbike outriders or the ones in the undercover grey bmws.Posted 3 years agoFunkyDuncMember
Good – Everything, especially seeing people watch a bike race who you would have never thought would, and walking miles to get there.
Bad – Nothing
Ugly – Nothing apart from maybe wannabe pros taking a dislike to fat in his 40’s john in his jeans, who was just out to enjoy himself like everyone else.Posted 3 years agohjghg5Member
Good – so many people on bike or on foot, football games on dual carriageways after the race had come through, fantastic weather, atmosphere, racing. Everything.
Bad – struggling to find food in Haworth yesterday evening (we were about 10 minutes too late it seems as everywhere stopped serving at 8), midges, bar on the campsite running out of beer with about 20km to go yesterday. But nothing major.Posted 3 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
Good (watched them both on TV) – Seeing how many people were out therePosted 3 years ago
Bad The way the climbs were getting closed down a bit too much
Ugly they idiot taking a photo on the hard shoulder when he was hit by one of Kittels men (Big shoulder charge) that could have taken down most of the top 10 riders when he was deflected into the bunch.YorkshireRipperMember
Good – us modest Yorkshire folk have been banging on for years how great Yorkshire is, now the whole world knows!
Bad – the bloke directing his wobbly kid into the middle of the road and oncoming cars in Ilkley so he could overtake the queue of cyclists on the inside of the road at the lights
Ugly – the amount of people who travelled for miles, camped and waited for hours to experience the TDF roll by, only to watch it on a screen a few inches wide and holding their hands and arms in the way of the riders in the process! I guess they don’t want to arouse suspicion with the party by not looking at the Telescreen.Posted 3 years agodevashMember
Good – Two days of excellent cycling and a fantastic advertisement for Yorkshire.
Great weather (for a change).
Magic Spanner Bar (ohhhh the hoppy goodness of their pale ale).
Bad – That the race proper didn’t actually start in Leeds.
The ITV coverage (more adverts than actual racing).
Ugly – Idiots running into the roads / blocking riders.
Sheffield city center. 😆
I reckon tight Northerners charging to park /camp in a field soured it for a lot of folk
We learnt to be entrepreneurs from Thatcher.Posted 3 years agomuddydwarfSubscriber
Ugly – the chav family that, having allowed their children to trample my friends kit that was on the ground next to her rucksack then went into aggressive full-on screaming mode when that behaviour was challenged.Posted 3 years ago
Why should other people have to accept having their stuff walked on/kicked etc? We expect people to socialise their dogs before bringing them out in public, is it too much to demand that of their children?ElShalimoMember
muddydwarf – you’ll see that behaviour anywhere people gather in large numbers. Just be grateful you don’t have to live with them
Was anyone else impressed by the TV helicopters?
It was like Apocalypse Now as they approached Cote de Greetland. I wish they’d have been blasting out some Wagner!
A truly wonderful advert for us northern monkeys.Posted 3 years agofaustusSubscriber
Good: the brilliant atmosphere and great scenery, thanks Yorkshire! Riding along closed roads lined with people is pretty cool too. Great to see so many bikes out as well.
Bad: Not getting home until 11pm last night and having to work this morning.
Ugly: The parts of my body covered in midge bites. Didn’t know that the campsite we booked was in a place called ‘Midgehole’, it did a fine job of living up to its name!Posted 3 years agobinnersSubscriber
The good: Just bloody everything! One of the best weekends ever!! The absolutely fantastic atmosphere. The joyous way Yorkshire whole-heartedly embraced the whole thing.
Bad: Nothing. Stop moaning FFS you whiney middle class cockbags 🙄
Gratuitous didn’t we have a lovely weekend pictures.
Waiting for the peleton:
Binnerette number one, close to the action as Kittel came up Jawbone Hill, screaming ALLEZ ALLEZ!!!!!
😀Posted 3 years agoMussEdSubscriber
Good: as mentioned riding the closed roads up to Holme Moss, being cheered by huge crowds en route. The scenery and weather, and above all the amazing atmosphere. Unreal.
Bad: a fat route steward on our return sitting on a wall, turning to her colleague having given me the once over grovelling up a hill in Huddrrsfield and saying “you get some right odd shapes cycling these days” nearly got off and hailed a taxi there and then. Oh and the hills barely a bit of flat between our start point on Denholme and Holme Moss. Then had to go back up!
Ugly: see the steward’s comment above.Posted 3 years agomartinhutchSubscriber
Good – pretty much everything, the atmosphere, friendliness and banter at the top of Kidstones, the massive chant of ‘chips, chips, chips’ as the McCain van came past, the little kid with his dad roared all the way to the top by the crowd, seeing Jens blasting through in the breakaway. Even the Dales weather put on a show, with the breeze and clouds making the landscape look utterly beautiful.
Bad – nothing! Even queuing off the climb on my bike afterwards was a laugh, and when some rambler complained about the lack of bells on bikes, a copper within earshot put HIM in his place, informing him it wasn’t a legal requirement! 🙂
Ugly – I presume completely skipping Keighley town centre on the ITV coverage took care of that one.Posted 3 years agoemszMember
Good: my dad getting a smile from Jens when he shouted “shut up legs” as he absolutely fly by. Stupid I know but I had no idea just how fast they go!!!
Bad the traffic and the car breaking down and waiting 5 hours for the breakdown man
Ugly: my dad in his bright yellow tee shirt ( shame)Posted 3 years ago
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