Tour de France in London 2014

 

On Monday 7 July 2014, Stage 3 of Le Tour Yorkshire – Grand Depart 2014 (the Tour de France) reached London. I decided to watch at Woodford New Road (on the E17 side of Waterworks Corner roundabout) as it’s where the cyclists would first enter London (Woodford is Essex and Walthamstow is London), it’s a long straight road, and I guessed there would be lots of space to watch. I was right on all counts.

This is normally a really busy road so the kids enjoyed the space for a quick game of footie while waiting.
This is normally a really busy road so the kids enjoyed the space for a quick game of footie while waiting.

I arrived at 1pm and the caravan was due at 1.15-ish. There really weren’t many spectators there at the time so I got a good spot beside a cattle grid as I thought the riders might slow down here and it would give me a better chance to get a few photos.

Our Tourmakers hd a lot of waiting too.
Our Tourmakers had a lot of waiting time too.

The caravan arrived and our long straight road meant they zoomed down at high speed flinging freebies to the few spectators. Caps and sweets were most prized by the kids.

And here they come!
And here they come!

Bic

FruitShoot

 

Haribo

cow

chips1

Yes, you did just see a photo of an enormous bag of McCain’s Chips.

chips2
The most bonkers one I saw, I reckon.

Then it was back to waiting.

Local cyclists entertained the kids, while we were waiting, by doing wheelies.down the quiet road
Local cyclists entertained the kids, while we were waiting, by doing wheelies down the quiet road.

At around 3.15pm the cyclists reached this edge of London.

heretheycome

clump

cattlegrid-tdf

What is going on here?!
What is going on here?!

And then it was all over in minutes and the crowd dispersed. Within 2 minutes of the riders passing most of us were on our way home.

 

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