Carly Bond

May, 2015:

Tour de Yorkshire

After the great day we had last year at the Yorkshire Grand Depart when we heard that the Tour de Yorkshire was coming to a town near us we had to go see it again. This time we chose Beverley, specifically the Beverley Westwood. We really wanted to go see a hill stage, but as those nearby were in tiny villages, we thought they would just be too busy plus there would be less to do to keep a 21 month old entertained.

So we headed to Beverley Westwood at about 10.30 with the race due to pass by at about 12.45. We were quite surprised how quiet it was but I suppose with the Westwood being a big space the crowds were quite dispersed. We decided to head into the town centre first to soak up a bit of the atmosphere and get some picnic items. Well you can’t go onto the Westwood without a picnic…can you?

The town was trimmed up in blue & yellow, with the market in full swing. The Humberside Police Brass Band were playing in Saturday Market, which my little man thought we awesome.

When it got to about 11.30 we headed back up onto the Westwood to get in prime position to watch the race pass by. There wasn’t the caravan passing in front of race this time, just LOTS of police motorbikes, which kept the kids entertained as they waved, flashed their blue lights and played their sirens.The break away passed at about 12.45 containing about 8 riders, with the peloton following 6 minutes behind. The atmosphere was great with hundreds of people lining the Westwood and thousands more in the town centre. Cheering, waving and, of course, the trusty cow bell…Le Tour would not be the same without it 🙂Once the race had passed, we had a picnic all snuggled behind a gorse bush, it wasn’t the sunny, warm weather we’d hoped for. Then on the way home we drove through the village of Walkington which had made an immense effort with the bunting and scarecrow competition, with Bradley Wiggins making an appearance.

Honestly, if you get a chance to go, do! It’s community spirit at it’s best!!!!