Tour de France
It was the first time that the
Tour de France had ever started in the UK and everyone was mildly curious as to
how London would handle a 'French event'. As a former competitive cyclist Dan
was very interested in seeing the Tour for the first time and it coincided with
a trip to see the Lloyd-Jones and subsequent stay in the south of France.
Simply put, London did a fantastic job with the Tour. Over a million people
lined the streets to see the world's best cyclists wind their way through Hyde
Park and past Buckingham Palace. The huge turnout was even more impressive when
you consider that the other major sporting events going on simultaneously
include tennis at Wimbledon, a Formula 1 race, and a major cricket match.
Seeing the Tour on television can't prepare you for the experience of actually
being there. The Tour is basically one big party with a caravan that goes by
throwing our free goodies and the crowd getting worked up as the cyclists come
flying by. It was really great to experience it first hand.