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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:37 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Little things keep coming back, the two kids busking on Briggate, must have been there from half Sevenish Saturday morning. They were still there at half four tired but utterly happy with a boat load of silver and gold coins in their box.

The busker on New St Huddersfield just beating bongos with African rhythms. It was brilliant, creating an atmosphere of growing excitement as hundreds walked by towards chapel hill.

The Asian family at the side of Lockwood road with a huge get well Cavendish banner. The lower door of the Con Club crashing onto the pavement revealing a pissed up lad behind it promising to report it to the committee while been berated by a women who picked it up and slung it back against its hinges.

I think that's the thing, Yorkshire pulled out all the stops, as did Leeds and Huddersfield. As did Lockwood, the whole place, everybody did their bit along with scores of other little places just like it. Yeah people will remember and go on about the staggering beauty of the Dales and other areas captured in all their glory. I already know all about that. Yorkshire is much more, last weekend and the months weeks and days leading up to it demonstrated it brilliantly. Kinda makes you proud, well, a little bit i suppose.

So, I'll merged the two threads hope that's ok and some piccies to show

From Day 1

Friday afternoon and yer darling 'arold inspects the area



Early Saturday morning and the migration up to the Town Hall begins



The very very start where the very very early gather



Anticipation at the bottom of Eastgate



First the caravan vehicles




Then the riders



Leeds buntings up. Mojo St as i call it



Horse n Trumpet goes OTT



Meanwhile in the Duck n Drake someone makes an effort



Victorian Arcade a little more glamorous



Back Home and Huddersfield prepares for the second day in St Georges



Sq and St Peters garden


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Day 2

4 hours to go and the good folk of Lockwood get ready around Lockwood bar where the riders will come from town turn sharp left at the lights and sweep right up past the Lockwood pub and onto Holmfirth.





Ged the Red already ensconced roadside across from pub on the bend.



Always time for a quickie in the Rat



Top of chapel hill looking down towards Lockwood with Holme Moss some ten mile away on the horizon. You can just see the mast.



St George square welcomes visitors







Back down Chapel Hill looking back towards town. Two hours to go and the crowds begin to grow



Meanwhile back at the Base Camp.



Crowds gather now as the race nears.



Get well  Cavendish this group had on their banner



La tÍte de la course



Followed a minute later by the peloton



And off we went


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one LD! What's that big building behind the Rat & Rachet? Can't quite see the name.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It says knackerknob college

mate of mine Dave Lockwood (coincidence) of the Huddersfield Camera club took this belter from the Lockwood Pub looking down to the lights. Ace, love it


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re: one of the other photo's. SIMON SAT A PUB TABLE WITH A PINT IN FRONT HIM SHOCKER!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has Dock gone past on his Chipper yet?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watching a bit of the highlights the other day and two riders had a bit of a crash and then a bit of a tiff afterwards.

One was German and the other was Italian, but they were arguing in English.

Makes you proud to be a Brit.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did anybody watch the two Lance Armstrong docu's recently on BBC 4 and Channel 4? Me and Mrs D were transfixed, astonished, and impressed by both programmes. We're not in-the-know cycling people but we thought they were very well made programmes about a very complex/ fucked-in-the-head individual. Plus for me I can listen to David Walsh from The Times talk all day. Great sportswriter and the man with his ear to the ground not just with doping in cycling but he also has a thorough understanding of racing and the hugely grey area of doping in horse racing.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting that Nibali's winning margin was the greatest  since the glorious Armstrong days. Hmmmm
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Havent seen the Armstrong things and Yep David Walsh is ace. What on earth are you suggesting Fc????. such cynicism in one so young is quite saddening.

All over now anyway, great race despite the early withdrawals of three big names. Leeds to Paris in three weeks of spectacular endurance. Most neutrals, even cyclist knockers seem to have given it tacit support but a few insipid fuckers have let their silly little umbrage come through with all the grace of a soggy fart. That's Twitter for you though i guess, gives us all a chance to spout our shit  

Thought the ITV4 coverage and commentary was magnificent as well and you know what? I have definitely noticed a lot more courtesy from drivers on the roads recently. Alas still a few cyclists need to behave themselves though. Some of the stuff I've seen leaves me a bit aghast. Not been impressed with Mr Wiggins either. He's coming across as a right mean mardy twat these days.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope the organisers noted that the minute the Tour left Yorkshire it started to piss it down and never stopped.

It was nice to see a few of the Frog riders do ok after 20 odd years of mediocrity. They did invent the thing after all.

A lot more people out on Sustrans Route 41 which runs past Farty Towers. I'm thinking of selling tea and cakes.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three Astana riders done for doping. Far more difficult to prove that it was a co-ordinated team effort. General manager, Vinokourov was banned for doping in 2007 whilst riding for Astana.

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/.../12/astana-cycling-doping-problem
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to occasionally cycle home the worse for wear down the Bristol Road to Smelly Joke after being dropped off at the Bullring after Leeds games.

* Hopes he gets banned. *
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grind wrote:
I used to occasionally cycle home the worse for wear down the Bristol Road to Smelly Joke after being dropped off at the Bullring after Leeds games.

* Hopes he gets banned. *


Didn't realise you'd been exiled in Brum as well.

You're a brave man cycling down the Bristol Road in any state.


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