Stage 1: Leeds > Harrogate

Welcome, bienvenue, ey up! It’s time for the 2014 Tour de France.

Stage one takes us from Leeds to Harrogate, a 190.5 km ride that takes in three categorised climbs before a sprint finish. No doubt Cav will be doing all he can to get across the line for his home crowd.  Riders we are keeping an eye on are FDJ’s Jeremy Roy, a dedicated vache-spotter, and Florian Vachon of Bretagne-Seche Environnement, for obvious reasons.

Vache fans have already had their appetites whetted, with Huddersfield (or “Uddersfield” – thanks Pani!) putting Yorkshire’s agricultural heritage on show.  Let’s hope we spot some tonight.


Image: Yorkshire Festival

So, which cows should we be looking out for? The Limestone Country Project tells us that the Beef Shorthorn originated in the Dales, so lets keep an eye out for this beast:

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Image: Kranky Kids

On the course, we will be looking forward to the second climb, the Cat 3 Buttertubs. Following that, the peloton will be zipping through Wensleydale country, so there’s your no-brainer cheese match for tonight. (Unless, like me, you had a market-stress-induced meltdown and forgot the cheese…)


Anyway, after our dinner of roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale and Oatmeal Stout cake, we probably won’t have enough room for cheese…

One thought on “Stage 1: Leeds > Harrogate

  1. Robyn says:

    Les Vaches du Tour – off to a flying start. Whilst we have a soft spot for Monsoir Liggett, our hearts lie with the élan and bovine perpescuity of Injera and Esssjaymoo. Vive Le Tour and memories of France 2014.

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