When the Tour de France visited Yorkshire with two stages over two days Yorkshire folk got rather excited and painted yellow bicycles popped up all over the towns and countryside. An appeal went out to knitters for 2,500 little jumpers portraying the famous tour jerseys, yellow for the race leader, polka dot for the best climber, green for the most consistent points finisher and white for the best young rider. The knitters went to work with gusto and eventually 23,453 were actually knitted and strung along the streets of towns and villages.
The bicycles appeared decorated and in various stages of repair or
Come the day the 'Games Makers' were wearing their yellow t-shirts, here is one directing people traffic from Harrogate railway station.
and of course there was a good spread of spectators sporting Tour yellow t-shirts and French symbols such as French berets (above) blue and white stripped jerseys and even the occasional string of onions.
There was also a good smattering of punning local businesses signs such as this Indian restaurant featuring Bradley Wiggins (nickname Wiggo) the 2012 Yellow Jersey winner.
The banners were out as the race approached and this one says "Bonjour la France et Mémé" which of course is 'Hello France' but also "and Grandma", I wonder where she was?
Eventually all the build up was over and the race was on. The true yellow jersey (briefly held by Marcel Kittel here) making the starting roll out from York before the proper racing began. While watching the race where is the best place to leave your bike?
Well possibly chained to church fencing and this particular church is St Clements, not the famous London one whose bells said oranges and lemons but they have however chimed in with lemon yellow flags.
An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at Y here