Huge Yorkshire welcome for the Tour de France as crowds cheer riders at Grand Depart opening ceremony

Kimberley Walsh on stage last night during the team presentation at Leeds Arena

Danny McNamara of Embrace on stage last night during the team presentation at Leeds Arena

Team Sky cyclist and last year's Tour de France winner Chris Froome at the team presentation at Leeds Arena

The scene at Leeds Arena for the Tour de France team presentation

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

BRADFORD pop star Kimberley Walsh helped kickstart a weekend of celebration at the official opening ceremony of the Tour de France last night.

Thousands of people descended on Leeds ahead of the famous race, which starts in the city at 11.10am tomorrow.

The opening ceremony saw the biggest names in world cycling – including British star Mark Cavendish, who signed autographs for fans before the event – and 22 of the world’s best cycling teams grace the stage in a glittering occasion at Leeds Arena.

Rapturous applause greeted Team Sky – including 2013 Tour winner Chris Froome – when they took to the stage as well as the comments from the Tour’s general director, Christian Prudhomme, about how beautiful Yorkshire is.

Girls Aloud star Kimberley joined singer/songwriter Alistair Griffin on stage to perform The Road, the official anthem of Yorkshire’s Grand Départ 2014. And Brighouse band Embrace headlined what was its first arena gig since their recent sell-out comeback tour and album.Among a montage of clips of Yorkshire people talking about the Tour de France were a schoolgirl from Skipton, a person at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, and restaurateur Mumtaz Khan who told that each cyclist burns off 100 papadums in calories in a day.

Ghost Peloton drew on the spirit of Le Tour with choreography inspired by the wheel in motion, while Opera North and Brighouse band Embrace also provided musical entertainment.

Meanwhile, the police helicopter, NPAS Carr Gate, flew overhead taking aerial shots as the excitement built through the evening, including one of Leeds Town Hall and one of a giant bike made of plastic bags that was laid out on grass by pupils at All Saints Primary School in Otley.

Bradford district will welcome the Tour tomorrow and Sunday, with thousands of people expected to line the route and venture into spectator hubs. The race passes through Pool in Wharfedale, Otley, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ilkley, Skipton and Addingham tomorrow, and Addingham, Silsden, Keighley, Cross Roads, Haworth and Oxenhope on Sunday.

Banners, bunting and yellow bicycles have popped up at various sites across the district – both on and off the race route.

Anyone who cannot travel to the race route can watch the race in City Park on the Big Screen. The opening Grand Depart stage will be screened live between 10.30am and 5pm tomorrow and the second stage on Sunday, with the third stage from Cambridge and London shown live between 12pm and 4.30pm on Monday.

Councillor Andrew Thornton, Bradford Council’s executive member for environment and sport, said: “Seeing the tremendous amount of effort being put in by the communities along the route to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event has really brought home just what a special occasion it promises to be and Grand Depart is sure to get a great welcome when it comes through our district.”

The entire route of the Grand Départ will be closed to vehicle traffic on both days.

Guy Huckle, the Highways Agency emergency planning manager, said: “Choose in advance where you want to watch the race from and plan your journey. Check our traffic and travel information channels, set off early and allow plenty of time to get to your chosen spot. The large number of visitors to the region means journeys will take longer than usual over the weekend.”

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11:21am Fri 4 Jul 14

JAtkinson says...

Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business.

There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so!
Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business. There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so! JAtkinson
  • Score: -35

11:44am Fri 4 Jul 14

BCFC1911 says...

JAtkinson wrote:
Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business.

There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so!
See the Bradford Council Marketing team aka Atkinson and BCFC are out in force today

Anyway dont know if you noticed in the above story but this was in LEEDS not Bradford and although the tour goes through our district its basically nowhere near Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business. There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so![/p][/quote]See the Bradford Council Marketing team aka Atkinson and BCFC are out in force today Anyway dont know if you noticed in the above story but this was in LEEDS not Bradford and although the tour goes through our district its basically nowhere near Bradford. BCFC1911
  • Score: 33

12:13pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Lynessman says...

BCFC1911 wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business.

There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so!
See the Bradford Council Marketing team aka Atkinson and BCFC are out in force today

Anyway dont know if you noticed in the above story but this was in LEEDS not Bradford and although the tour goes through our district its basically nowhere near Bradford.
Ilkley, Haworth, Addingham, Skipton, Keighley are all part of Bradford Metropolitan area, so yes TDF cover Bradford if not the city centre.
[quote][p][bold]BCFC1911[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business. There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so![/p][/quote]See the Bradford Council Marketing team aka Atkinson and BCFC are out in force today Anyway dont know if you noticed in the above story but this was in LEEDS not Bradford and although the tour goes through our district its basically nowhere near Bradford.[/p][/quote]Ilkley, Haworth, Addingham, Skipton, Keighley are all part of Bradford Metropolitan area, so yes TDF cover Bradford if not the city centre. Lynessman
  • Score: -24

12:32pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Andy2010 says...

Lynessman wrote:
BCFC1911 wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business.

There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so!
See the Bradford Council Marketing team aka Atkinson and BCFC are out in force today

Anyway dont know if you noticed in the above story but this was in LEEDS not Bradford and although the tour goes through our district its basically nowhere near Bradford.
Ilkley, Haworth, Addingham, Skipton, Keighley are all part of Bradford Metropolitan area, so yes TDF cover Bradford if not the city centre.
Lol. You go ask anyone that lives in Haworth, Addingham or Skipton where they live and not one of them will say Bradford with pride. They are more likely to lie and say Harrogate or Leeds
[quote][p][bold]Lynessman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCFC1911[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business. There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so![/p][/quote]See the Bradford Council Marketing team aka Atkinson and BCFC are out in force today Anyway dont know if you noticed in the above story but this was in LEEDS not Bradford and although the tour goes through our district its basically nowhere near Bradford.[/p][/quote]Ilkley, Haworth, Addingham, Skipton, Keighley are all part of Bradford Metropolitan area, so yes TDF cover Bradford if not the city centre.[/p][/quote]Lol. You go ask anyone that lives in Haworth, Addingham or Skipton where they live and not one of them will say Bradford with pride. They are more likely to lie and say Harrogate or Leeds Andy2010
  • Score: 26

1:56pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

As a proud Yorkshireman I think hosting the Grand Depart is brilliant, it has put YORKSHIRE in the news for all the right reasons.

Who cars about the semantics, Leeds/Bradford/Harro
gate/whatever, it's still YORKSHIRE !
As a proud Yorkshireman I think hosting the Grand Depart is brilliant, it has put YORKSHIRE in the news for all the right reasons. Who cars about the semantics, Leeds/Bradford/Harro gate/whatever, it's still YORKSHIRE ! Bone_idle18
  • Score: -5

1:58pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Apollo says...

The TDF is not coming to Bradford. At best it is coming to the 'district'.

The TDF was very deliberately kept as far away as possible from Bradford and for very good reasons.
The TDF is not coming to Bradford. At best it is coming to the 'district'. The TDF was very deliberately kept as far away as possible from Bradford and for very good reasons. Apollo
  • Score: 20

2:26pm Fri 4 Jul 14

bingleybantam says...

Lynessman wrote:
BCFC1911 wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business.

There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so!
See the Bradford Council Marketing team aka Atkinson and BCFC are out in force today

Anyway dont know if you noticed in the above story but this was in LEEDS not Bradford and although the tour goes through our district its basically nowhere near Bradford.
Ilkley, Haworth, Addingham, Skipton, Keighley are all part of Bradford Metropolitan area, so yes TDF cover Bradford if not the city centre.
Yes, but those of us in these areas wish we were not in the Bradford Metropolitan area.. Bradford couldn't care less about us.. Unless it's to sell off the countryside to builders, countryside THAT lead to the TDF coming here in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]Lynessman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCFC1911[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business. There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so![/p][/quote]See the Bradford Council Marketing team aka Atkinson and BCFC are out in force today Anyway dont know if you noticed in the above story but this was in LEEDS not Bradford and although the tour goes through our district its basically nowhere near Bradford.[/p][/quote]Ilkley, Haworth, Addingham, Skipton, Keighley are all part of Bradford Metropolitan area, so yes TDF cover Bradford if not the city centre.[/p][/quote]Yes, but those of us in these areas wish we were not in the Bradford Metropolitan area.. Bradford couldn't care less about us.. Unless it's to sell off the countryside to builders, countryside THAT lead to the TDF coming here in the first place. bingleybantam
  • Score: 24

4:16pm Fri 4 Jul 14

sunnysidedown says...

JAtkinson wrote:
Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business.

There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so!
You're such an idiot.

Gary Verity made sure that the TDF did not go anywhere near city of Bradford and for a very good reason. He knows Bradford too well.

Given that the TDF was passing us by, then it was up to Cllr Hinchcliffe and the ever so dynamic Visit Bradford shower to devise stratagems that would guarantee the tourists also came to Bradford. Anybody notice anything? Has the number of pointless puddle paddlers increased?
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business. There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so![/p][/quote]You're such an idiot. Gary Verity made sure that the TDF did not go anywhere near city of Bradford and for a very good reason. He knows Bradford too well. Given that the TDF was passing us by, then it was up to Cllr Hinchcliffe and the ever so dynamic Visit Bradford shower to devise stratagems that would guarantee the tourists also came to Bradford. Anybody notice anything? Has the number of pointless puddle paddlers increased? sunnysidedown
  • Score: 4

8:02pm Fri 4 Jul 14

schroeder says...

Andy2010 wrote:
Lynessman wrote:
BCFC1911 wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business.

There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so!
See the Bradford Council Marketing team aka Atkinson and BCFC are out in force today

Anyway dont know if you noticed in the above story but this was in LEEDS not Bradford and although the tour goes through our district its basically nowhere near Bradford.
Ilkley, Haworth, Addingham, Skipton, Keighley are all part of Bradford Metropolitan area, so yes TDF cover Bradford if not the city centre.
Lol. You go ask anyone that lives in Haworth, Addingham or Skipton where they live and not one of them will say Bradford with pride. They are more likely to lie and say Harrogate or Leeds
I live near Haworth and I'd rather say I'm from Bradford that Leeds thank you!
[quote][p][bold]Andy2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lynessman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCFC1911[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business. There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so![/p][/quote]See the Bradford Council Marketing team aka Atkinson and BCFC are out in force today Anyway dont know if you noticed in the above story but this was in LEEDS not Bradford and although the tour goes through our district its basically nowhere near Bradford.[/p][/quote]Ilkley, Haworth, Addingham, Skipton, Keighley are all part of Bradford Metropolitan area, so yes TDF cover Bradford if not the city centre.[/p][/quote]Lol. You go ask anyone that lives in Haworth, Addingham or Skipton where they live and not one of them will say Bradford with pride. They are more likely to lie and say Harrogate or Leeds[/p][/quote]I live near Haworth and I'd rather say I'm from Bradford that Leeds thank you! schroeder
  • Score: 7

8:02pm Fri 4 Jul 14

piltdownman says...

Lynessman wrote:
BCFC1911 wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business.

There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so!
See the Bradford Council Marketing team aka Atkinson and BCFC are out in force today

Anyway dont know if you noticed in the above story but this was in LEEDS not Bradford and although the tour goes through our district its basically nowhere near Bradford.
Ilkley, Haworth, Addingham, Skipton, Keighley are all part of Bradford Metropolitan area, so yes TDF cover Bradford if not the city centre.
Cities are judged and characterised by their centres. Always. The fact that the TDF is going some parts of the Bradford district is neither here nor there. As far as everybody is concerned, except special pleaders like you, the TDF is not coming to Bradford. And can you blame it.
[quote][p][bold]Lynessman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCFC1911[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business. There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so![/p][/quote]See the Bradford Council Marketing team aka Atkinson and BCFC are out in force today Anyway dont know if you noticed in the above story but this was in LEEDS not Bradford and although the tour goes through our district its basically nowhere near Bradford.[/p][/quote]Ilkley, Haworth, Addingham, Skipton, Keighley are all part of Bradford Metropolitan area, so yes TDF cover Bradford if not the city centre.[/p][/quote]Cities are judged and characterised by their centres. Always. The fact that the TDF is going some parts of the Bradford district is neither here nor there. As far as everybody is concerned, except special pleaders like you, the TDF is not coming to Bradford. And can you blame it. piltdownman
  • Score: -5

8:38pm Fri 4 Jul 14

schroeder says...

sunnysidedown wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business.

There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so!
You're such an idiot.

Gary Verity made sure that the TDF did not go anywhere near city of Bradford and for a very good reason. He knows Bradford too well.

Given that the TDF was passing us by, then it was up to Cllr Hinchcliffe and the ever so dynamic Visit Bradford shower to devise stratagems that would guarantee the tourists also came to Bradford. Anybody notice anything? Has the number of pointless puddle paddlers increased?
It's not going through Bradford because it's a countryside race and Bradford is a city you idiot!

The office start is at Harewood House so it doesn't even go through Leeds! The only reason why they are doing the bit in Leeds city centre first is because Leeds council donated £10m!

And it finishes at the Motorpoint arena which is not in Sheffield city centre, so the actual race does not go through any city centre - except York.

It's going through the Bradford district on both days, that just proves what beautiful surroundings Bradford has, and it's a great advert for both the city and the district.
[quote][p][bold]sunnysidedown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business. There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so![/p][/quote]You're such an idiot. Gary Verity made sure that the TDF did not go anywhere near city of Bradford and for a very good reason. He knows Bradford too well. Given that the TDF was passing us by, then it was up to Cllr Hinchcliffe and the ever so dynamic Visit Bradford shower to devise stratagems that would guarantee the tourists also came to Bradford. Anybody notice anything? Has the number of pointless puddle paddlers increased?[/p][/quote]It's not going through Bradford because it's a countryside race and Bradford is a city you idiot! The office start is at Harewood House so it doesn't even go through Leeds! The only reason why they are doing the bit in Leeds city centre first is because Leeds council donated £10m! And it finishes at the Motorpoint arena which is not in Sheffield city centre, so the actual race does not go through any city centre - except York. It's going through the Bradford district on both days, that just proves what beautiful surroundings Bradford has, and it's a great advert for both the city and the district. schroeder
  • Score: 14

8:40pm Fri 4 Jul 14

schroeder says...

Some sad people on here who get joy from knocking the city of Bradford... why's that? because you don't like the fact that Bradford is multi cultured so don't want to see anything good to be said about it perhaps?
Some sad people on here who get joy from knocking the city of Bradford... why's that? because you don't like the fact that Bradford is multi cultured so don't want to see anything good to be said about it perhaps? schroeder
  • Score: 8

7:39am Sat 5 Jul 14

A650 says...

Curmudgeons out in force on here. Shame.
Curmudgeons out in force on here. Shame. A650
  • Score: -1

10:21am Sat 5 Jul 14

Bikerbeardy says...

bingleybantam wrote:
Lynessman wrote:
BCFC1911 wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business.

There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so!
See the Bradford Council Marketing team aka Atkinson and BCFC are out in force today

Anyway dont know if you noticed in the above story but this was in LEEDS not Bradford and although the tour goes through our district its basically nowhere near Bradford.
Ilkley, Haworth, Addingham, Skipton, Keighley are all part of Bradford Metropolitan area, so yes TDF cover Bradford if not the city centre.
Yes, but those of us in these areas wish we were not in the Bradford Metropolitan area.. Bradford couldn't care less about us.. Unless it's to sell off the countryside to builders, countryside THAT lead to the TDF coming here in the first place.
I agree with you, I have a Bd postcode, but thats about it, never go into Bradford either, its a depressing place, full of unhappy looking people, and yes it is "mulicultural", maybe thats why it was given the title of no 2 crap town to live in recently !
[quote][p][bold]bingleybantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lynessman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCFC1911[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Wonderful that we've got the world's biggest annual sporting event in Yorkshire... and coming to Bradford district on both days. With people from all over the world staying in the district, it's a great opportunity to show off and get people talking about us as a tourist destination as well as somewhere to do business. There's a piece in The Independent this week on Gary Verity which talks of Manchester's confidence coming on the back of the Commonwealth Games, and how he hopes TdF can. Be the same shot in the arm for this side of the Pennines, getting people to think "Yes we can!" rare than being overly pessimistic or cautious. I do hope so![/p][/quote]See the Bradford Council Marketing team aka Atkinson and BCFC are out in force today Anyway dont know if you noticed in the above story but this was in LEEDS not Bradford and although the tour goes through our district its basically nowhere near Bradford.[/p][/quote]Ilkley, Haworth, Addingham, Skipton, Keighley are all part of Bradford Metropolitan area, so yes TDF cover Bradford if not the city centre.[/p][/quote]Yes, but those of us in these areas wish we were not in the Bradford Metropolitan area.. Bradford couldn't care less about us.. Unless it's to sell off the countryside to builders, countryside THAT lead to the TDF coming here in the first place.[/p][/quote]I agree with you, I have a Bd postcode, but thats about it, never go into Bradford either, its a depressing place, full of unhappy looking people, and yes it is "mulicultural", maybe thats why it was given the title of no 2 crap town to live in recently ! Bikerbeardy
  • Score: 5

11:25am Sat 5 Jul 14

LeftLongAgo says...

Kimberley Walsh! How apt, hope she sang the Queen song Bicycle Race, Cos Fat Bottomed Girls Make This Rocking World Go Round!
Kimberley Walsh! How apt, hope she sang the Queen song Bicycle Race, Cos Fat Bottomed Girls Make This Rocking World Go Round! LeftLongAgo
  • Score: 3

1:31pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Silsdenman says...

It's disappointing that it doesn't go through town but it's understandable. It's simply too risky and the risk is that Bradford would show itself up badly. Fact is the race is in Yorkshire, we are Yorkshire folk and can be very proud of the county overall this weekend. The atmosphere is fantastic.
It's disappointing that it doesn't go through town but it's understandable. It's simply too risky and the risk is that Bradford would show itself up badly. Fact is the race is in Yorkshire, we are Yorkshire folk and can be very proud of the county overall this weekend. The atmosphere is fantastic. Silsdenman
  • Score: 0

7:30pm Sat 5 Jul 14

LeftLongAgo says...

I would have thought that cycling would have been even more popular in Bradford. After all, you do not need tax, insurance, a driving test or an MOT to ride a bike. Should be the transport of choice in Manningham, plus you can just ride on the pavement to jump lights.
I would have thought that cycling would have been even more popular in Bradford. After all, you do not need tax, insurance, a driving test or an MOT to ride a bike. Should be the transport of choice in Manningham, plus you can just ride on the pavement to jump lights. LeftLongAgo
  • Score: 5

10:54pm Sat 5 Jul 14

schroeder says...

Silsdenman wrote:
It's disappointing that it doesn't go through town but it's understandable. It's simply too risky and the risk is that Bradford would show itself up badly. Fact is the race is in Yorkshire, we are Yorkshire folk and can be very proud of the county overall this weekend. The atmosphere is fantastic.
why would Bradford show itself up badly?? in what other occasions has something like that happened for you to think that as a possibility???

The TDF started at Harewood House, which is as much in Leeds as Haworth is in Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]Silsdenman[/bold] wrote: It's disappointing that it doesn't go through town but it's understandable. It's simply too risky and the risk is that Bradford would show itself up badly. Fact is the race is in Yorkshire, we are Yorkshire folk and can be very proud of the county overall this weekend. The atmosphere is fantastic.[/p][/quote]why would Bradford show itself up badly?? in what other occasions has something like that happened for you to think that as a possibility??? The TDF started at Harewood House, which is as much in Leeds as Haworth is in Bradford. schroeder
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11:44pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Silsdenman says...

schroeder wrote:
Silsdenman wrote:
It's disappointing that it doesn't go through town but it's understandable. It's simply too risky and the risk is that Bradford would show itself up badly. Fact is the race is in Yorkshire, we are Yorkshire folk and can be very proud of the county overall this weekend. The atmosphere is fantastic.
why would Bradford show itself up badly?? in what other occasions has something like that happened for you to think that as a possibility???

The TDF started at Harewood House, which is as much in Leeds as Haworth is in Bradford.
Bradford centre is not like Harewood or Haworth. Anything might happen in Bradford which could disrupt the race. Other places aren't like that.
[quote][p][bold]schroeder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Silsdenman[/bold] wrote: It's disappointing that it doesn't go through town but it's understandable. It's simply too risky and the risk is that Bradford would show itself up badly. Fact is the race is in Yorkshire, we are Yorkshire folk and can be very proud of the county overall this weekend. The atmosphere is fantastic.[/p][/quote]why would Bradford show itself up badly?? in what other occasions has something like that happened for you to think that as a possibility??? The TDF started at Harewood House, which is as much in Leeds as Haworth is in Bradford.[/p][/quote]Bradford centre is not like Harewood or Haworth. Anything might happen in Bradford which could disrupt the race. Other places aren't like that. Silsdenman
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8:48pm Sun 6 Jul 14

schroeder says...

Silsdenman wrote:
schroeder wrote:
Silsdenman wrote:
It's disappointing that it doesn't go through town but it's understandable. It's simply too risky and the risk is that Bradford would show itself up badly. Fact is the race is in Yorkshire, we are Yorkshire folk and can be very proud of the county overall this weekend. The atmosphere is fantastic.
why would Bradford show itself up badly?? in what other occasions has something like that happened for you to think that as a possibility???

The TDF started at Harewood House, which is as much in Leeds as Haworth is in Bradford.
Bradford centre is not like Harewood or Haworth. Anything might happen in Bradford which could disrupt the race. Other places aren't like that.
Rubbish, based on what?? Anything could happen in Leeds - it is a much more dangerous city than Bradford after all..
[quote][p][bold]Silsdenman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]schroeder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Silsdenman[/bold] wrote: It's disappointing that it doesn't go through town but it's understandable. It's simply too risky and the risk is that Bradford would show itself up badly. Fact is the race is in Yorkshire, we are Yorkshire folk and can be very proud of the county overall this weekend. The atmosphere is fantastic.[/p][/quote]why would Bradford show itself up badly?? in what other occasions has something like that happened for you to think that as a possibility??? The TDF started at Harewood House, which is as much in Leeds as Haworth is in Bradford.[/p][/quote]Bradford centre is not like Harewood or Haworth. Anything might happen in Bradford which could disrupt the race. Other places aren't like that.[/p][/quote]Rubbish, based on what?? Anything could happen in Leeds - it is a much more dangerous city than Bradford after all.. schroeder
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