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Côte de Blubberhouses Tour de France climb on 6th July 2014

7th July 2014

Tour de France Cote de Blubberhouses climb

HedgehogCycling spent the morning of Sunday 6th July 2014 near the top of the Côte de Blubberhouses Tour de France climb.

The roads were closed to traffic, and we cycled out there from Harrogate. While we were waiting for the race to arrive, we were royally entertained by a piper, playing the bagpipes while others danced on the road. Every cyclist was cheered up the to the top (and these were cycling spectators, not the Tour riders), and even a runner was encouraged by loud shouts.

Bagpipe player on Côte de Blubberhouses

Helicopters signalled the imminent arrival of the riders. First up was a breakaway of seven riders, including Cyril Lemoine, who was first to the top, taking a solitary King of the Mountains point. He would take more points during the stage, and finish the day in the polka-dot jersey. 

Lead group up Côte de Blubberhouses

A few minutes later, the main peloton made its way up the Côte de Buttertubs, to deafening cheers - even for a couple of stragglers off the back of the bunch.

When the race had passed, everyone made their way home by bike or on foot, on roads closed to traffic.

This video shows the build-up, bagpipes, and dancing, plus the riders ascending the Côte de Blubberhouses:

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