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OtleyLad

Le Tour - the good and the bad

Tomorrow brings Le Tour to Otley. It's a great scoop for the town and there's a real buzz about the place. There's lots going on starting already (shame its raining right now-but sat promises to be drier).
Tomorrow we are going to a bbq at a friends house - the riders will go right past their front door. It's great that people have come together in so many ways to make the most of it.

There're probably a dozen 'camp' sites within a mile radius of the town centre and I was amazed that they're filling up already (who knew how popular this race is?).

But here's the thing, I looked at one of them and they are charging 70 for a single night. It's a 'pop-up' camp site so the facilities will be at best primitive.
The site also has some live bands (but you can get separate tickets for this at just 5 each). What an absolute rip-off.
I just hope not too many people are taken in by the 'semi-official' look of the website.
dpack

our street drains on bootham are being slurped clean for the first time in ages

lots of fresh paint

the local businesses are getting ready for the view and hospitality packages

70 for a night camping seems a bargain compared to the hotel mark ups round here Laughing
Nick

One night's camping, for 4 people, plus tickets for the band, and to be within touching distance of the world's premier cycling event doesn't strike me as that bad, for 70.

How much do you think would be reasonable?

In terms of facilities, you can easily hire great quality bogs and showers, so they may not be primitive.
OtleyLad

Most of the roads into Otley and used by the tour have wide grass verges and/or paved footpaths - so there are literally miles of places to watch the race for free.
There is little in the way of accomodation though - so these campsites are needed. It's hardly Glastonbury though. 50 including the band would be a lot more reasonable.
Nick

Are you basing that on any arithmetic or just a round number to suit frugality? 12.50 for room, shower, toilet, and a band is very cheap, I reckon. Someone has to pay for cleaning up afterwards, facility hire, insurance, tax, staff to manage it, some sort of stage or tent for the band, speakers, electricity, lighting, paying the band, sorting out issues and such.
Behemoth

Estimates of 2 million extra people to feed and water. Many of these in semi rural areas with limited water supply capacity, including those pop up camps. Quite a logistical exercise. Glad I'm not on call this weekend. About to pop up the road to see the shenanigans.
alison

What time does it start?
Behemoth

Now! 1000s of people out. brilliant!
Jamanda

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/lance-armstrong-wouldnt-last-long-in-halifax

Some entertaining pictures of preparations.
dpack

i like harold's baguette Laughing
madcat

Love the coloured sheep Laughing
OtleyLad

We walked down the road and watched the race - absolutely brilliant (and for free too). The atmosphere was great - everybody enjoying the spectacle. The sun came out too and made it a hot, sunny, glorious afternoon.
Lots of bands and events all over the town (again put on for free).
Never seen so many people out in Otley - don't suppose I will ever again either.
Makes you feel proud to live here.
Behemoth

Great wasn't it. Went in to leeds in the afternoon, massive crowds fantastic atmosphere. Very proud of our city and Yorkshire.
Behemoth

Can't post pics from my phone for some reason, will put some up tomorrow.
Gervase

Was glued to the TV coverage - Yorkshire looked stunning and the crowds were astonishing; they must have been 50 deep in the run up Buttertubs. Wish I could have been there to savour the atmosphere. Well done Yorkshire - you did the UK proud!
Rob R

Was glued to the TV coverage - Yorkshire looked stunning and the crowds were astonishing; they must have been 50 deep in the run up Buttertubs. Wish I could have been there to savour the atmosphere. Well done Yorkshire - you did the UK proud!


What do you mean 'did'...? Wink
Hairyloon

I have failed to get excited about it. Even left town before they closed my road and stopped me. Sad
Rob R

I have failed to get excited about it. Even left town before they closed my road and stopped me. Sad


Me too, but it's a definite improvement for the location of event Wink
Nick

Aye, leaves me cold, but the world is a better place because of different things. Otherwise, we'd be knee deep in chickens, or model railways, or stamps, or something. OtleyLad

About an 1 hour before the race arrived (just down the road from us):



First riders arrive and then the rest:





The last two pics are from AVI movie files but don't know how to show them on here - does anybody know?

BTW thats not my head in the picture.
sean



The last two pics are from AVI movie files but don't know how to show them on here - does anybody know?


You'd need to upload them to youtube and then embed them I think. If there is another way it's going to be more difficult.
dpack

or put em in dropbox and post a link to the file

looks like a good day,it was here for today's start so they were warming up behind the pace car,they were still faster than me on the electric bike .

i think a lot of folk had been out for a while but i ambled down for ten mins to start time with me stepladder and got a nice view

for the size of the crowd im pleasantly surprised how tidy they left the place
Rob R



i think a lot of folk had been out for a while but i ambled down for ten mins to start time with me stepladder and got a nice view

Nice one Laughing
dpack

i seemed to make sense and gave a good elevation for a few snaps Very Happy

there were quite a few folk with the same idea
robkb

Cambridge to London today - might bunk off to see it if I can.

Was flippin' brilliant in 2007 when it came through Greenwich Laughing
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