Grand Depart gets underway

Team Sky, led by Chris Froome, during the Tour de France Grand Depart team presentation at The Leeds Arena last night.

Omega Pharma-Quick Step Cycling Team's Mark Cavendish during the team presentation at The Leeds Arena, Leeds.

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The Grand Depart of the Tour De France has officially begun, with a spectacular multilingual evening of dance, music and sport with Yorkshire pride on show.

Ten thousand people filled the Leeds Arena for the teams presentation, the ceremony that traditionally begins the world-famous race, and which was broadcast live around the world.

Outside hundreds of fans lined the route taken by each of the 22 teams in turn as they rode from Leeds Civic Hall straight onto the stage of the arena where the riders were introduced to the audience.

Entire families, school parties and cycling fans of all ages were all in the excited audience, which started arriving a couple of hours before the start. Several Tourmakers were on duty for the first time to welcome the fans.

Chants of "Yorkshire, Yorkshire" rang out as the ceremony reached its climax.

As Christian Prudhomme of the Tour's organisers ASO, and Gary Verity of Welcome to Yorkshire stepped on the stage at 8.30 pm church bells rang out across the county in a deliberate echo of the bell-ringing that welcomed the London Olympics two years ago.

The Frenchman told the audience the Grand Depart would be "huge-enormous and thanked "God's own country".

The Yorkshireman couldn't initially start his speech as the audience kept on cheering and was almost overcome with emotion.

He said he had promised M Prudhomme the grandest ever Grand Depart. "In the next three days that promise will be fulfilled," he said.

Each team was warmly welcomed to the stage with some riders taking photos of the audience or waving at family and friends. A series of short films showcasing Yorkshire separated the teams, with York represented by York Minster.

The British riders got huge cheers, starting with Lancastrian Simon Yates, riding his first season as a professional.

The audience raised the roof for adopted Yorkshire son and cycling superstar Mark Cavendish and his Omega Pharma Quickstep team. His mother comes from Harrogate where he hopes to win Stage One tomorrow.

He got deafening cheers when he forecast that Yorkshire's Grand Depart would eclipse the London Grand Depart in 2007 which at the time was hailed as the best ever.

Veteran German rider and huge crowd favourite Jens Voigt of Trek Factory Racing praised the way every village on the route has prepared for the Tour, even ensuring the grass is cut.

Many fans were wearing the black and blue colours of British team, Team Sky, whose British leader Chris Froome is the defending champion and which had the place of honour as last to arrive.

They got a standing ovation as they rode on and both he and fellow British rider Geraint Thomas spoke how much they appreciated the support they had received in Yorkshire. Froome was cheered to the echo when he promised he and the team would do their utmost to retain the yellow jersey.

A replay of Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour in 2012 was also cheered.

The Voice of Tour Radio Sebastian Picquet and cycling journalist Jill Douglas hosted the show. The line-up featured the singers and orchestra of Leeds-based Opera North, who performed the opening number and towards the end an excerpt from French opera Carmen.

They were followed by the Hope and Social mass community music movement featuring rollerskating singers, a ukulele band and a primary school choir. The Phoenix Dance Company performed bike stunts in their routine in black skin costumes with strobe lights.

Songwriter Alistair Griffin and Kimberley Walsh of Girls Alive performed the official anthem for the Grand Depart and Embrace finished with a rousing number.

It was the first time the team presentation had been part of such a big ceremony. Traditionally it is free and the cost of the tickets for the evening long event raised controversy.

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9:47am Fri 4 Jul 14

smudge2 says...

Yawn !!
Yawn !! smudge2
  • Score: 4

10:35am Fri 4 Jul 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

I was very impressed by the show at the Leeds Arena. Eurosport seems to be the best channel to view TdF stuff.
I was very impressed by the show at the Leeds Arena. Eurosport seems to be the best channel to view TdF stuff. Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 18

10:43am Fri 4 Jul 14

Y.I.P. says...

just keep out of my way you lycra weirdos when I cycle over Clifton bridge on sunday morning to sort my mam out (care) grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
just keep out of my way you lycra weirdos when I cycle over Clifton bridge on sunday morning to sort my mam out (care) grrrrrrrrrrrrrr Y.I.P.
  • Score: -25

10:46am Fri 4 Jul 14

Y.I.P. says...

glad they sorted manholes out on Clifton green and all the white lines,do you think that was for my benefit,maybe not!!!!!
glad they sorted manholes out on Clifton green and all the white lines,do you think that was for my benefit,maybe not!!!!! Y.I.P.
  • Score: -7

11:09am Fri 4 Jul 14

Dave Ruddock says...

and back to road works, across the county
and back to road works, across the county Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -7

11:13am Fri 4 Jul 14

AGuyFromStrensall says...

Y.I.P. wrote:
glad they sorted manholes out on Clifton green and all the white lines,do you think that was for my benefit,maybe not!!!!!
Must be, you're paying handsomely for it...
[quote][p][bold]Y.I.P.[/bold] wrote: glad they sorted manholes out on Clifton green and all the white lines,do you think that was for my benefit,maybe not!!!!![/p][/quote]Must be, you're paying handsomely for it... AGuyFromStrensall
  • Score: -3

12:47pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Wake me up before they go-go.
Wake me up before they go-go. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -21

1:21pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Devils_advocate says...

This article demonstrates a classic use of hyperbole.
This article demonstrates a classic use of hyperbole. Devils_advocate
  • Score: 1

3:38pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Tom6187 says...

Best of luck to the Lycra wearing drug abusing pedal cyclists, how very exciting.
Best of luck to the Lycra wearing drug abusing pedal cyclists, how very exciting. Tom6187
  • Score: -10

3:39pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Osbaldwick Lad says...

Kimberley Walsh of Girls Alive?
Kimberley Walsh of Girls Alive? Osbaldwick Lad
  • Score: 3

4:36pm Fri 4 Jul 14

MouseHouse says...

This is the biggest thing to happen in York for centuries. No it's not perfect and yes there'll be disruption but why not try displaying some positivitiy and get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York and the county. With this momentum visitor numbers will grow for the next few years, but just as importantly the number of cyclists getting out to the villages in the Dales and Wolds will take money with them.

I'm not from York, not even form Yorkshire but nobody in England could have made a better job of this.
This is the biggest thing to happen in York for centuries. No it's not perfect and yes there'll be disruption but why not try displaying some positivitiy and get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York and the county. With this momentum visitor numbers will grow for the next few years, but just as importantly the number of cyclists getting out to the villages in the Dales and Wolds will take money with them. I'm not from York, not even form Yorkshire but nobody in England could have made a better job of this. MouseHouse
  • Score: 20

5:13pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

"get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York"

Ha ha ha.
"get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York" Ha ha ha. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -1

5:31pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Ichabod76 says...

MouseHouse wrote:
This is the biggest thing to happen in York for centuries. No it's not perfect and yes there'll be disruption but why not try displaying some positivitiy and get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York and the county. With this momentum visitor numbers will grow for the next few years, but just as importantly the number of cyclists getting out to the villages in the Dales and Wolds will take money with them.

I'm not from York, not even form Yorkshire but nobody in England could have made a better job of this.
This is the biggest thing to happen in York for centuries.

Ha ha ha ha

are you from Scotland by any chance ?
[quote][p][bold]MouseHouse[/bold] wrote: This is the biggest thing to happen in York for centuries. No it's not perfect and yes there'll be disruption but why not try displaying some positivitiy and get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York and the county. With this momentum visitor numbers will grow for the next few years, but just as importantly the number of cyclists getting out to the villages in the Dales and Wolds will take money with them. I'm not from York, not even form Yorkshire but nobody in England could have made a better job of this.[/p][/quote]This is the biggest thing to happen in York for centuries. Ha ha ha ha are you from Scotland by any chance ? Ichabod76
  • Score: -8

5:50pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Flabbergob says...

MouseHouse says...
get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York and the county.

I'm not from York, not even form Yorkshire.

This is not a turning point in the history of York or the county, that is an over statement. Much of the local interest for what it is comes from the convenience of the event being here, the remainder imported from beyond Yorkshires borders and will return home with them as a memory.

You are definitely not from York or Yorkshire, a city and county steeped in history of great significance far exceeding the effects of weekend cycle race. Visitors already come to this county in their millions for its history and beauty, visitor numbers that could never be rivalled by cyclists but could potentially be damaged.

The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.
MouseHouse says... get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York and the county. I'm not from York, not even form Yorkshire. This is not a turning point in the history of York or the county, that is an over statement. Much of the local interest for what it is comes from the convenience of the event being here, the remainder imported from beyond Yorkshires borders and will return home with them as a memory. You are definitely not from York or Yorkshire, a city and county steeped in history of great significance far exceeding the effects of weekend cycle race. Visitors already come to this county in their millions for its history and beauty, visitor numbers that could never be rivalled by cyclists but could potentially be damaged. The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county. Flabbergob
  • Score: -1

6:21pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Dave Ruddock says...

anyone else seen this about the Minster and a lard awning on the central tower roof. what a waste only people in aircraft of helicopters can see it and for what 2 days , It now totally out of control . wounder when they have the WW2 flypast , the Battle of Britain memorial flight will be painted Yellow or Tricolor colors, role on Sunday 1300 hrs ...
anyone else seen this about the Minster and a lard awning on the central tower roof. what a waste only people in aircraft of helicopters can see it and for what 2 days , It now totally out of control . wounder when they have the WW2 flypast , the Battle of Britain memorial flight will be painted Yellow or Tricolor colors, role on Sunday 1300 hrs ... Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -1

6:27pm Fri 4 Jul 14

jayeskaycee says...

How many are heartily sick and tired of hearing about this French bike ride. Not a tour de france - it's a tour of Yorkshire and that's what it should be called. All this hype is akin to that of the Olympics. Everyone getting a bike, going riding. How long will it last when this weekend is over? Years ago a bike was my only transport and I certainly didn't use it much for recreation - I did enough cycling on workdays. So much inconvenience for the majority. Everyone looking rather silly with their yellow outfits, roads closed, even elderly friends of ours in Harrogate being housebound for 3 days because of road closures in their area. Shops having to close. Residents banned from their own roads.
The sooner it's over, the better.
Only one regret is that we don't actually live on the bike ride route because we would then have had our roads repaired to a lovely high standard instead of being left rough and potholed.
It's past time that our roads and facilities were maintained for the benefit of the residents and the people who pay for them.
How many are heartily sick and tired of hearing about this French bike ride. Not a tour de france - it's a tour of Yorkshire and that's what it should be called. All this hype is akin to that of the Olympics. Everyone getting a bike, going riding. How long will it last when this weekend is over? Years ago a bike was my only transport and I certainly didn't use it much for recreation - I did enough cycling on workdays. So much inconvenience for the majority. Everyone looking rather silly with their yellow outfits, roads closed, even elderly friends of ours in Harrogate being housebound for 3 days because of road closures in their area. Shops having to close. Residents banned from their own roads. The sooner it's over, the better. Only one regret is that we don't actually live on the bike ride route because we would then have had our roads repaired to a lovely high standard instead of being left rough and potholed. It's past time that our roads and facilities were maintained for the benefit of the residents and the people who pay for them. jayeskaycee
  • Score: -1

6:57pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Justin7 says...

Yawn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yawn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Justin7
  • Score: -10

8:56pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

jayeskaycee wrote:
How many are heartily sick and tired of hearing about this French bike ride. Not a tour de france - it's a tour of Yorkshire and that's what it should be called. All this hype is akin to that of the Olympics. Everyone getting a bike, going riding. How long will it last when this weekend is over? Years ago a bike was my only transport and I certainly didn't use it much for recreation - I did enough cycling on workdays. So much inconvenience for the majority. Everyone looking rather silly with their yellow outfits, roads closed, even elderly friends of ours in Harrogate being housebound for 3 days because of road closures in their area. Shops having to close. Residents banned from their own roads.
The sooner it's over, the better.
Only one regret is that we don't actually live on the bike ride route because we would then have had our roads repaired to a lovely high standard instead of being left rough and potholed.
It's past time that our roads and facilities were maintained for the benefit of the residents and the people who pay for them.
"How many are heartily sick and tired of hearing about this French bike ride."

I feel like I have had the blood drained from my veins and replaced by Domestos.
Or been locked in a telephone box with Paul Hepworth for 3 years.
[quote][p][bold]jayeskaycee[/bold] wrote: How many are heartily sick and tired of hearing about this French bike ride. Not a tour de france - it's a tour of Yorkshire and that's what it should be called. All this hype is akin to that of the Olympics. Everyone getting a bike, going riding. How long will it last when this weekend is over? Years ago a bike was my only transport and I certainly didn't use it much for recreation - I did enough cycling on workdays. So much inconvenience for the majority. Everyone looking rather silly with their yellow outfits, roads closed, even elderly friends of ours in Harrogate being housebound for 3 days because of road closures in their area. Shops having to close. Residents banned from their own roads. The sooner it's over, the better. Only one regret is that we don't actually live on the bike ride route because we would then have had our roads repaired to a lovely high standard instead of being left rough and potholed. It's past time that our roads and facilities were maintained for the benefit of the residents and the people who pay for them.[/p][/quote]"How many are heartily sick and tired of hearing about this French bike ride." I feel like I have had the blood drained from my veins and replaced by Domestos. Or been locked in a telephone box with Paul Hepworth for 3 years. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -3

9:17pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Miles Davis says...

jayeskaycee wrote:
How many are heartily sick and tired of hearing about this French bike ride. Not a tour de france - it's a tour of Yorkshire and that's what it should be called. All this hype is akin to that of the Olympics. Everyone getting a bike, going riding. How long will it last when this weekend is over? Years ago a bike was my only transport and I certainly didn't use it much for recreation - I did enough cycling on workdays. So much inconvenience for the majority. Everyone looking rather silly with their yellow outfits, roads closed, even elderly friends of ours in Harrogate being housebound for 3 days because of road closures in their area. Shops having to close. Residents banned from their own roads.
The sooner it's over, the better.
Only one regret is that we don't actually live on the bike ride route because we would then have had our roads repaired to a lovely high standard instead of being left rough and potholed.
It's past time that our roads and facilities were maintained for the benefit of the residents and the people who pay for them.
Go outside, take a look round and try and find a life you sado!!
[quote][p][bold]jayeskaycee[/bold] wrote: How many are heartily sick and tired of hearing about this French bike ride. Not a tour de france - it's a tour of Yorkshire and that's what it should be called. All this hype is akin to that of the Olympics. Everyone getting a bike, going riding. How long will it last when this weekend is over? Years ago a bike was my only transport and I certainly didn't use it much for recreation - I did enough cycling on workdays. So much inconvenience for the majority. Everyone looking rather silly with their yellow outfits, roads closed, even elderly friends of ours in Harrogate being housebound for 3 days because of road closures in their area. Shops having to close. Residents banned from their own roads. The sooner it's over, the better. Only one regret is that we don't actually live on the bike ride route because we would then have had our roads repaired to a lovely high standard instead of being left rough and potholed. It's past time that our roads and facilities were maintained for the benefit of the residents and the people who pay for them.[/p][/quote]Go outside, take a look round and try and find a life you sado!! Miles Davis
  • Score: 3

9:24pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Miles Davis wrote:
jayeskaycee wrote:
How many are heartily sick and tired of hearing about this French bike ride. Not a tour de france - it's a tour of Yorkshire and that's what it should be called. All this hype is akin to that of the Olympics. Everyone getting a bike, going riding. How long will it last when this weekend is over? Years ago a bike was my only transport and I certainly didn't use it much for recreation - I did enough cycling on workdays. So much inconvenience for the majority. Everyone looking rather silly with their yellow outfits, roads closed, even elderly friends of ours in Harrogate being housebound for 3 days because of road closures in their area. Shops having to close. Residents banned from their own roads.
The sooner it's over, the better.
Only one regret is that we don't actually live on the bike ride route because we would then have had our roads repaired to a lovely high standard instead of being left rough and potholed.
It's past time that our roads and facilities were maintained for the benefit of the residents and the people who pay for them.
Go outside, take a look round and try and find a life you sado!!
Yeah get yourself a little plastic flag and wave it at some people riding pushbikes. That's what constitutes a life for some people.
[quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayeskaycee[/bold] wrote: How many are heartily sick and tired of hearing about this French bike ride. Not a tour de france - it's a tour of Yorkshire and that's what it should be called. All this hype is akin to that of the Olympics. Everyone getting a bike, going riding. How long will it last when this weekend is over? Years ago a bike was my only transport and I certainly didn't use it much for recreation - I did enough cycling on workdays. So much inconvenience for the majority. Everyone looking rather silly with their yellow outfits, roads closed, even elderly friends of ours in Harrogate being housebound for 3 days because of road closures in their area. Shops having to close. Residents banned from their own roads. The sooner it's over, the better. Only one regret is that we don't actually live on the bike ride route because we would then have had our roads repaired to a lovely high standard instead of being left rough and potholed. It's past time that our roads and facilities were maintained for the benefit of the residents and the people who pay for them.[/p][/quote]Go outside, take a look round and try and find a life you sado!![/p][/quote]Yeah get yourself a little plastic flag and wave it at some people riding pushbikes. That's what constitutes a life for some people. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -2

9:34pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Miles Davis says...

Flabbergob wrote:
MouseHouse says...
get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York and the county.

I'm not from York, not even form Yorkshire.

This is not a turning point in the history of York or the county, that is an over statement. Much of the local interest for what it is comes from the convenience of the event being here, the remainder imported from beyond Yorkshires borders and will return home with them as a memory.

You are definitely not from York or Yorkshire, a city and county steeped in history of great significance far exceeding the effects of weekend cycle race. Visitors already come to this county in their millions for its history and beauty, visitor numbers that could never be rivalled by cyclists but could potentially be damaged.

The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.
Goodness me!! eh by gum lad!! What on earth has possessed you to have such a dig at somebody who is lauding York and Yorkshire for hosting one of the major sporting events in the world...and doing it very well I might add! I am from York and I am proud to be part of a city that is part of this event. Stop throwing you white rose out of your cot and enjoy it...if not, go somewhere else and moan.
[quote][p][bold]Flabbergob[/bold] wrote: MouseHouse says... get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York and the county. I'm not from York, not even form Yorkshire. This is not a turning point in the history of York or the county, that is an over statement. Much of the local interest for what it is comes from the convenience of the event being here, the remainder imported from beyond Yorkshires borders and will return home with them as a memory. You are definitely not from York or Yorkshire, a city and county steeped in history of great significance far exceeding the effects of weekend cycle race. Visitors already come to this county in their millions for its history and beauty, visitor numbers that could never be rivalled by cyclists but could potentially be damaged. The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.[/p][/quote]Goodness me!! eh by gum lad!! What on earth has possessed you to have such a dig at somebody who is lauding York and Yorkshire for hosting one of the major sporting events in the world...and doing it very well I might add! I am from York and I am proud to be part of a city that is part of this event. Stop throwing you white rose out of your cot and enjoy it...if not, go somewhere else and moan. Miles Davis
  • Score: 3

9:53pm Fri 4 Jul 14

sheps lad says...

Half time Brazil 1-0. There is another world out there!
Half time Brazil 1-0. There is another world out there! sheps lad
  • Score: -2

10:06pm Fri 4 Jul 14

JasBro says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
jayeskaycee wrote:
How many are heartily sick and tired of hearing about this French bike ride. Not a tour de france - it's a tour of Yorkshire and that's what it should be called. All this hype is akin to that of the Olympics. Everyone getting a bike, going riding. How long will it last when this weekend is over? Years ago a bike was my only transport and I certainly didn't use it much for recreation - I did enough cycling on workdays. So much inconvenience for the majority. Everyone looking rather silly with their yellow outfits, roads closed, even elderly friends of ours in Harrogate being housebound for 3 days because of road closures in their area. Shops having to close. Residents banned from their own roads.
The sooner it's over, the better.
Only one regret is that we don't actually live on the bike ride route because we would then have had our roads repaired to a lovely high standard instead of being left rough and potholed.
It's past time that our roads and facilities were maintained for the benefit of the residents and the people who pay for them.
"How many are heartily sick and tired of hearing about this French bike ride."

I feel like I have had the blood drained from my veins and replaced by Domestos.
Or been locked in a telephone box with Paul Hepworth for 3 years.
Yup, you sound like you've had your blood replaced with domestos too.

Great to have a world renowned sporting event visiting York. Good publicity for the city, good for tourism, and good for all of us who will be out on Sunday to see it.
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayeskaycee[/bold] wrote: How many are heartily sick and tired of hearing about this French bike ride. Not a tour de france - it's a tour of Yorkshire and that's what it should be called. All this hype is akin to that of the Olympics. Everyone getting a bike, going riding. How long will it last when this weekend is over? Years ago a bike was my only transport and I certainly didn't use it much for recreation - I did enough cycling on workdays. So much inconvenience for the majority. Everyone looking rather silly with their yellow outfits, roads closed, even elderly friends of ours in Harrogate being housebound for 3 days because of road closures in their area. Shops having to close. Residents banned from their own roads. The sooner it's over, the better. Only one regret is that we don't actually live on the bike ride route because we would then have had our roads repaired to a lovely high standard instead of being left rough and potholed. It's past time that our roads and facilities were maintained for the benefit of the residents and the people who pay for them.[/p][/quote]"How many are heartily sick and tired of hearing about this French bike ride." I feel like I have had the blood drained from my veins and replaced by Domestos. Or been locked in a telephone box with Paul Hepworth for 3 years.[/p][/quote]Yup, you sound like you've had your blood replaced with domestos too. Great to have a world renowned sporting event visiting York. Good publicity for the city, good for tourism, and good for all of us who will be out on Sunday to see it. JasBro
  • Score: 3

10:10pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Bad magic says...

The sooner this bloody shower is done with, the better. One of the world's biggest sporting events, my entire ar$e. Not only can I not get out of my street on Sunday, but Saturday is ruined by the clique of pedalling **** from the golden ball taking over and closing the road for some kind of community biscuit game.
I'm sick and tired of this entire summer.
The sooner this bloody shower is done with, the better. One of the world's biggest sporting events, my entire ar$e. Not only can I not get out of my street on Sunday, but Saturday is ruined by the clique of pedalling **** from the golden ball taking over and closing the road for some kind of community biscuit game. I'm sick and tired of this entire summer. Bad magic
  • Score: 3

11:15pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Bad magic wrote:
The sooner this bloody shower is done with, the better. One of the world's biggest sporting events, my entire ar$e. Not only can I not get out of my street on Sunday, but Saturday is ruined by the clique of pedalling **** from the golden ball taking over and closing the road for some kind of community biscuit game.
I'm sick and tired of this entire summer.
Ah no, you see the bike ride is going to achieve what the Vikings, the Romans and Oliver Cromwell could not, and change the entire history of York!
You should be a proud Yorkie and watch what you can't normally see in York - a lot of people on bikes.
And last but not least you should keep quiet until it is all over and think of the untold millions it will bring into York, even though we don't know how much (being untold) that figure is.
[quote][p][bold]Bad magic[/bold] wrote: The sooner this bloody shower is done with, the better. One of the world's biggest sporting events, my entire ar$e. Not only can I not get out of my street on Sunday, but Saturday is ruined by the clique of pedalling **** from the golden ball taking over and closing the road for some kind of community biscuit game. I'm sick and tired of this entire summer.[/p][/quote]Ah no, you see the bike ride is going to achieve what the Vikings, the Romans and Oliver Cromwell could not, and change the entire history of York! You should be a proud Yorkie and watch what you can't normally see in York - a lot of people on bikes. And last but not least you should keep quiet until it is all over and think of the untold millions it will bring into York, even though we don't know how much (being untold) that figure is. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 3

11:29pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Flabbergob says...

Miles Davis wrote:
Flabbergob wrote:
MouseHouse says...
get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York and the county.

I'm not from York, not even form Yorkshire.

This is not a turning point in the history of York or the county, that is an over statement. Much of the local interest for what it is comes from the convenience of the event being here, the remainder imported from beyond Yorkshires borders and will return home with them as a memory.

You are definitely not from York or Yorkshire, a city and county steeped in history of great significance far exceeding the effects of weekend cycle race. Visitors already come to this county in their millions for its history and beauty, visitor numbers that could never be rivalled by cyclists but could potentially be damaged.

The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.
Goodness me!! eh by gum lad!! What on earth has possessed you to have such a dig at somebody who is lauding York and Yorkshire for hosting one of the major sporting events in the world...and doing it very well I might add! I am from York and I am proud to be part of a city that is part of this event. Stop throwing you white rose out of your cot and enjoy it...if not, go somewhere else and moan.
The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.

That is the last line of my comment, hardly a moan but it is in perspective to the event. So on yer bike Miles because I will be staying right here in the world of reality expecting some benefits but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.
[quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Flabbergob[/bold] wrote: MouseHouse says... get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York and the county. I'm not from York, not even form Yorkshire. This is not a turning point in the history of York or the county, that is an over statement. Much of the local interest for what it is comes from the convenience of the event being here, the remainder imported from beyond Yorkshires borders and will return home with them as a memory. You are definitely not from York or Yorkshire, a city and county steeped in history of great significance far exceeding the effects of weekend cycle race. Visitors already come to this county in their millions for its history and beauty, visitor numbers that could never be rivalled by cyclists but could potentially be damaged. The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.[/p][/quote]Goodness me!! eh by gum lad!! What on earth has possessed you to have such a dig at somebody who is lauding York and Yorkshire for hosting one of the major sporting events in the world...and doing it very well I might add! I am from York and I am proud to be part of a city that is part of this event. Stop throwing you white rose out of your cot and enjoy it...if not, go somewhere else and moan.[/p][/quote]The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county. That is the last line of my comment, hardly a moan but it is in perspective to the event. So on yer bike Miles because I will be staying right here in the world of reality expecting some benefits but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county. Flabbergob
  • Score: 5

11:56pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Archangle6rose says...

Greetings York, I keep forgetting that I could be talking to the Queen Of England when I log in here. After all they live in a opposite world than we do. In our world we try to get famous so all our friends, family & the public to see & know. The Royals go undercover as ordinary people to be treated as everybody else. That is their fame & try wealth to them. Only their most closest advisors & family knows it them through key words. What is happening heir is King Author in reverse polarity. That's why I'm always careful about what EYE say to people. DAY SLAY careful about who YOU offend," YOU could be entertaining the LORD". Not to say the Royals are the LORD, B-T they do have one thing in common, they both are famous.
Farewell
Greetings York, I keep forgetting that I could be talking to the Queen Of England when I log in here. After all they live in a opposite world than we do. In our world we try to get famous so all our friends, family & the public to see & know. The Royals go undercover as ordinary people to be treated as everybody else. That is their fame & try wealth to them. Only their most closest advisors & family knows it them through key words. What is happening heir is King Author in reverse polarity. That's why I'm always careful about what EYE say to people. DAY SLAY careful about who YOU offend," YOU could be entertaining the LORD". Not to say the Royals are the LORD, B-T they do have one thing in common, they both are famous. Farewell Archangle6rose
  • Score: -4

3:57am Sat 5 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

Whilst feeling neither one way or the other about the Tour de France itself, I do feel as if York is playing second fiddle to Leeds. Let's remember that York is the capital of Yorkshire, not Leeds. Leeds may be the financial capital, but the traditional seat of power for Yorkshire was always held in York... but here we are, with Leeds getting the opening ceremony, the biggest depart stage, and even members of the royal family watching on. What has the York stage got?... probably tourists wandering all over the Minster Plazza taking photos of the old building and not looking at *the road* they're standing on perhaps....
Whilst feeling neither one way or the other about the Tour de France itself, I do feel as if York is playing second fiddle to Leeds. Let's remember that York is the capital of Yorkshire, not Leeds. Leeds may be the financial capital, but the traditional seat of power for Yorkshire was always held in York... but here we are, with Leeds getting the opening ceremony, the biggest depart stage, and even members of the royal family watching on. What has the York stage got?... probably tourists wandering all over the Minster Plazza taking photos of the old building and not looking at *the road* they're standing on perhaps.... Magicman!
  • Score: 1

8:12am Sat 5 Jul 14

Romjim says...

I appreciate that not everybody likes cycling or sport but when one of the World's great sporting events comes to Yorkshire, it is a big plus for the county. To see the negative comments on the website is a reminder that there are people in York who can always find something to moan about.
Let those who want to enjoy the Tour have a good time and be thankful that there are some visionary people helping to make Yorkshire a welcoming place.
I appreciate that not everybody likes cycling or sport but when one of the World's great sporting events comes to Yorkshire, it is a big plus for the county. To see the negative comments on the website is a reminder that there are people in York who can always find something to moan about. Let those who want to enjoy the Tour have a good time and be thankful that there are some visionary people helping to make Yorkshire a welcoming place. Romjim
  • Score: 1

8:14am Sat 5 Jul 14

BethFoxhunter96 says...

The biggest problem identified here is apathy. it's a shame very few esteemed commentors ignore that. Twenty people choose the councillors here. It will be the same for Tories and liberals. so sixty effectively decide who we can all vote for. The problem isn't the local parties. draconianism or even JA. It's that the vast majority of people want to push craps chips into their mouths, watch poor quality tv and moan at each about cycle lanes. This apathy means companies are simply free to override decency, democracy and hope. If everyone who comments here had been at the meeting, we'd be in a very different place!! Bethany
The biggest problem identified here is apathy. it's a shame very few esteemed commentors ignore that. Twenty people choose the councillors here. It will be the same for Tories and liberals. so sixty effectively decide who we can all vote for. The problem isn't the local parties. draconianism or even JA. It's that the vast majority of people want to push craps chips into their mouths, watch poor quality tv and moan at each about cycle lanes. This apathy means companies are simply free to override decency, democracy and hope. If everyone who comments here had been at the meeting, we'd be in a very different place!! Bethany BethFoxhunter96
  • Score: -3

8:45am Sat 5 Jul 14

Miles Davis says...

Archangle6rose wrote:
Greetings York, I keep forgetting that I could be talking to the Queen Of England when I log in here. After all they live in a opposite world than we do. In our world we try to get famous so all our friends, family & the public to see & know. The Royals go undercover as ordinary people to be treated as everybody else. That is their fame & try wealth to them. Only their most closest advisors & family knows it them through key words. What is happening heir is King Author in reverse polarity. That's why I'm always careful about what EYE say to people. DAY SLAY careful about who YOU offend," YOU could be entertaining the LORD". Not to say the Royals are the LORD, B-T they do have one thing in common, they both are famous.
Farewell
What the hell are you on about!!!!?
[quote][p][bold]Archangle6rose[/bold] wrote: Greetings York, I keep forgetting that I could be talking to the Queen Of England when I log in here. After all they live in a opposite world than we do. In our world we try to get famous so all our friends, family & the public to see & know. The Royals go undercover as ordinary people to be treated as everybody else. That is their fame & try wealth to them. Only their most closest advisors & family knows it them through key words. What is happening heir is King Author in reverse polarity. That's why I'm always careful about what EYE say to people. DAY SLAY careful about who YOU offend," YOU could be entertaining the LORD". Not to say the Royals are the LORD, B-T they do have one thing in common, they both are famous. Farewell[/p][/quote]What the hell are you on about!!!!? Miles Davis
  • Score: 4

8:47am Sat 5 Jul 14

Miles Davis says...

Flabbergob wrote:
Miles Davis wrote:
Flabbergob wrote:
MouseHouse says...
get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York and the county.

I'm not from York, not even form Yorkshire.

This is not a turning point in the history of York or the county, that is an over statement. Much of the local interest for what it is comes from the convenience of the event being here, the remainder imported from beyond Yorkshires borders and will return home with them as a memory.

You are definitely not from York or Yorkshire, a city and county steeped in history of great significance far exceeding the effects of weekend cycle race. Visitors already come to this county in their millions for its history and beauty, visitor numbers that could never be rivalled by cyclists but could potentially be damaged.

The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.
Goodness me!! eh by gum lad!! What on earth has possessed you to have such a dig at somebody who is lauding York and Yorkshire for hosting one of the major sporting events in the world...and doing it very well I might add! I am from York and I am proud to be part of a city that is part of this event. Stop throwing you white rose out of your cot and enjoy it...if not, go somewhere else and moan.
The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.

That is the last line of my comment, hardly a moan but it is in perspective to the event. So on yer bike Miles because I will be staying right here in the world of reality expecting some benefits but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.
I shall be on my bike and having a great weekend. Thanks for staying out of the way!!
[quote][p][bold]Flabbergob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Flabbergob[/bold] wrote: MouseHouse says... get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York and the county. I'm not from York, not even form Yorkshire. This is not a turning point in the history of York or the county, that is an over statement. Much of the local interest for what it is comes from the convenience of the event being here, the remainder imported from beyond Yorkshires borders and will return home with them as a memory. You are definitely not from York or Yorkshire, a city and county steeped in history of great significance far exceeding the effects of weekend cycle race. Visitors already come to this county in their millions for its history and beauty, visitor numbers that could never be rivalled by cyclists but could potentially be damaged. The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.[/p][/quote]Goodness me!! eh by gum lad!! What on earth has possessed you to have such a dig at somebody who is lauding York and Yorkshire for hosting one of the major sporting events in the world...and doing it very well I might add! I am from York and I am proud to be part of a city that is part of this event. Stop throwing you white rose out of your cot and enjoy it...if not, go somewhere else and moan.[/p][/quote]The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county. That is the last line of my comment, hardly a moan but it is in perspective to the event. So on yer bike Miles because I will be staying right here in the world of reality expecting some benefits but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.[/p][/quote]I shall be on my bike and having a great weekend. Thanks for staying out of the way!! Miles Davis
  • Score: -2

9:15am Sat 5 Jul 14

Caecilius says...

BethFoxhunter96 wrote:
The biggest problem identified here is apathy. it's a shame very few esteemed commentors ignore that. Twenty people choose the councillors here. It will be the same for Tories and liberals. so sixty effectively decide who we can all vote for. The problem isn't the local parties. draconianism or even JA. It's that the vast majority of people want to push craps chips into their mouths, watch poor quality tv and moan at each about cycle lanes. This apathy means companies are simply free to override decency, democracy and hope. If everyone who comments here had been at the meeting, we'd be in a very different place!! Bethany
Interesting you should say that. I had an interest in the matter of the cycle lane so, instead of moaning or even pushing crap chips into my mouth, I went to see my local (Labour) councillor at a surgery. She was engaged with someone else, so I had a discussion with her assistant, who promised she'ld contact me. She didn't. I wrote to her. She ignored the letter. I set out all the arguments against removing the cycle lane and submitted them under the consultation process. Along with the majority of other non-apathetic people who could be bothered to register their opinion, I expressed the view that the cycle lane should be retained. The Labour Group ignored both the arguments and the vote, as James Alexander had already made up his mind what would happen and most Labour councillors meekly fell into line, stuffing their fingers in their ears to block out dissenting voices from people whom they're supposed to represent. I read their manifesto, in which JA publicly claimed they'd promised to remove the cycle lane. They hadn't. That's the reality of "democracy", Bethany.
[quote][p][bold]BethFoxhunter96[/bold] wrote: The biggest problem identified here is apathy. it's a shame very few esteemed commentors ignore that. Twenty people choose the councillors here. It will be the same for Tories and liberals. so sixty effectively decide who we can all vote for. The problem isn't the local parties. draconianism or even JA. It's that the vast majority of people want to push craps chips into their mouths, watch poor quality tv and moan at each about cycle lanes. This apathy means companies are simply free to override decency, democracy and hope. If everyone who comments here had been at the meeting, we'd be in a very different place!! Bethany[/p][/quote]Interesting you should say that. I had an interest in the matter of the cycle lane so, instead of moaning or even pushing crap chips into my mouth, I went to see my local (Labour) councillor at a surgery. She was engaged with someone else, so I had a discussion with her assistant, who promised she'ld contact me. She didn't. I wrote to her. She ignored the letter. I set out all the arguments against removing the cycle lane and submitted them under the consultation process. Along with the majority of other non-apathetic people who could be bothered to register their opinion, I expressed the view that the cycle lane should be retained. The Labour Group ignored both the arguments and the vote, as James Alexander had already made up his mind what would happen and most Labour councillors meekly fell into line, stuffing their fingers in their ears to block out dissenting voices from people whom they're supposed to represent. I read their manifesto, in which JA publicly claimed they'd promised to remove the cycle lane. They hadn't. That's the reality of "democracy", Bethany. Caecilius
  • Score: -2

12:25pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Archangle6rose wrote:
Greetings York, I keep forgetting that I could be talking to the Queen Of England when I log in here. After all they live in a opposite world than we do. In our world we try to get famous so all our friends, family & the public to see & know. The Royals go undercover as ordinary people to be treated as everybody else. That is their fame & try wealth to them. Only their most closest advisors & family knows it them through key words. What is happening heir is King Author in reverse polarity. That's why I'm always careful about what EYE say to people. DAY SLAY careful about who YOU offend," YOU could be entertaining the LORD". Not to say the Royals are the LORD, B-T they do have one thing in common, they both are famous.
Farewell
What is that stuff and which pub sells it? I fancy getting blitzed tonight.
[quote][p][bold]Archangle6rose[/bold] wrote: Greetings York, I keep forgetting that I could be talking to the Queen Of England when I log in here. After all they live in a opposite world than we do. In our world we try to get famous so all our friends, family & the public to see & know. The Royals go undercover as ordinary people to be treated as everybody else. That is their fame & try wealth to them. Only their most closest advisors & family knows it them through key words. What is happening heir is King Author in reverse polarity. That's why I'm always careful about what EYE say to people. DAY SLAY careful about who YOU offend," YOU could be entertaining the LORD". Not to say the Royals are the LORD, B-T they do have one thing in common, they both are famous. Farewell[/p][/quote]What is that stuff and which pub sells it? I fancy getting blitzed tonight. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 0

1:10pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Flabbergob says...

Miles Davis wrote:
Flabbergob wrote:
Miles Davis wrote:
Flabbergob wrote:
MouseHouse says...
get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York and the county.

I'm not from York, not even form Yorkshire.

This is not a turning point in the history of York or the county, that is an over statement. Much of the local interest for what it is comes from the convenience of the event being here, the remainder imported from beyond Yorkshires borders and will return home with them as a memory.

You are definitely not from York or Yorkshire, a city and county steeped in history of great significance far exceeding the effects of weekend cycle race. Visitors already come to this county in their millions for its history and beauty, visitor numbers that could never be rivalled by cyclists but could potentially be damaged.

The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.
Goodness me!! eh by gum lad!! What on earth has possessed you to have such a dig at somebody who is lauding York and Yorkshire for hosting one of the major sporting events in the world...and doing it very well I might add! I am from York and I am proud to be part of a city that is part of this event. Stop throwing you white rose out of your cot and enjoy it...if not, go somewhere else and moan.
The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.

That is the last line of my comment, hardly a moan but it is in perspective to the event. So on yer bike Miles because I will be staying right here in the world of reality expecting some benefits but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.
I shall be on my bike and having a great weekend. Thanks for staying out of the way!!
You assume too much.
[quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Flabbergob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Flabbergob[/bold] wrote: MouseHouse says... get behind what could well be a major turning point in the history of York and the county. I'm not from York, not even form Yorkshire. This is not a turning point in the history of York or the county, that is an over statement. Much of the local interest for what it is comes from the convenience of the event being here, the remainder imported from beyond Yorkshires borders and will return home with them as a memory. You are definitely not from York or Yorkshire, a city and county steeped in history of great significance far exceeding the effects of weekend cycle race. Visitors already come to this county in their millions for its history and beauty, visitor numbers that could never be rivalled by cyclists but could potentially be damaged. The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.[/p][/quote]Goodness me!! eh by gum lad!! What on earth has possessed you to have such a dig at somebody who is lauding York and Yorkshire for hosting one of the major sporting events in the world...and doing it very well I might add! I am from York and I am proud to be part of a city that is part of this event. Stop throwing you white rose out of your cot and enjoy it...if not, go somewhere else and moan.[/p][/quote]The Tour, a great spectacle to be sure but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county. That is the last line of my comment, hardly a moan but it is in perspective to the event. So on yer bike Miles because I will be staying right here in the world of reality expecting some benefits but not a major turning point in the history of York and the county.[/p][/quote]I shall be on my bike and having a great weekend. Thanks for staying out of the way!![/p][/quote]You assume too much. Flabbergob
  • Score: 2

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