29 Brilliantly Yorkshire Ways To Welcome The Tour De France

The world’s best cycling race is starting in the world’s best county. And Yorkshire knows how to put on a show.

1. This encouraging message scrawled on a steep hill climb.

2. This bicycle made out of sausage meat.

3. This special bottle of Sheffield’s Henderson’s Relish.

4. This yellow jersey on a Leeds statue.

5. This Tour de Jarvis graffiti in Sheffield.

6. This church that’s replaced god with a yellow jersey.

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7. This bloke who built a replica Eiffel Tower in his garden.

Burley in Wharfdale's own 8.5m Eiffel Tower

— Bedale (@OfficialBedale)

8. This edible bicycle made out of vegetables.

To mark @LeTourYorkshire we're unveiling our specially-made Grand Depart Edible Cycle at our Ikley Store today! #TdF

— Booths (@BoothsCountry)

9. This bicycle-shaped crop circle.

Have you seen @RHSHarlowCarr 'crop circle' for @letouryorkshire look closely and you'll see visitors walking around

— Visit Harrogate (@VisitHarrogate)

10. This special beer made by a Yorkshire brewery.

Cheers for @btsport intw today @MarkCavendish. Will get one of these racked up @letouryorkshire @TimothyTaylors

— Gavin Emmett (@gavinemmett)

11. This dog that’s dressed up in a flat cap for the occasion.

Tilley's ready for the King of the Mountains up Holme Moss for @letouryorkshire @letour @LeTourHolmfirth !

— Katie Green (@Katie_Green_)

12. This special floral display.

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13. This traditional dry stone wall in the shape of a bicycle.

Dry stone walling exhibition @YFest2014 at Don Valley #Sheffield @letouryorkshire http://t.co/KXvxdUjxtd @BBCtdf

— Bells and Bikes (@bellsandbikes)

14. This person in York who dressed a toy monkey in a yellow jersey and then stuck it on a miniature bike.

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15. This handy translation.

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16. This French farm outside Huddersfield railway station.

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17. And this baguette under the arm of the Harold Wilson statue.

Like the baguette-wielding Harold Wilson. @YFest2014 #hypervelocity

— anitamorris (@anitamorris)

18. This scarecrow providing extra support in Ilkley.

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19. This flag painted on the road in the Yorkshire Dales.

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20. This cricket club that wants to be King of the Mountains.

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21. And this café that also wants to be King of the Mountains.

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22. And this baby alpaca on a Yorkshire farm that really, really wants to be King of the Mountains.

King of the Mountain or just TdFitis? Exclusive house still available on route of #tdf2014 3miles from #reeth

— Hazel Brow (@hazelbrowfarm)

23. All the yellow bicycles that have started to appear everywhere in Yorkshire.

Love all the little yellow bikes that have been put up around Tour de France route in Yorkshire

— Sathnam Sanghera (@Sathnam)

24. This bicycle that somehow got up there.

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25. And this person who just took it too far.

Getting excited for @letouryorkshire at Coldstone Cut. #Yorkshire #letour

— Hugh Collins (@h_collins1)

26. This farmer has who repainted his sheep in Tour de France colours.

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27. This understated sign about a forthcoming “local sporting event”.

.@waitrose - not sure I'd describe #TdF as "a local sporting event"!

— Peter Hempsall (@pjh68)

28. This Yorkshire Tea rebrand.

Thanks for the free tea @YorkshireTea :D It's a good start to the day! #tea #thankyou

— Kirsty Thorpe (@missthorpe)

29. And this typically Yorkshire warning to Tour de France riders.

#LoveIt Silsden British Legion #tourdeyorkshire #GrandDepart

— Swallow Dental (@SwallowDental)

Who needs France when you’ve got Yorkshire?

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Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
 
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