As the county celebrates its moment in the spotlight on Yorkshire Day, Two Days in Yorkshire, the official commemorative book of the Yorkshire Grand Départ, is already planning second print run.
The initial order of 1,000 books sold out within the first few days, and with the increased run of 3,000 books proving so popular with fans, plans are being made for a second print run, just 10 days after launch.
Official photographer Simon Wilkinson (of SWpix.com) who joined forces with Welcome to Yorkshire to produce this memento of the Grand Départ, said: “We had planned an initial print run of 1,000 books but it was clear that wasn’t going to be enough so we decided to order 3,000. It now looks fairly clear that the first print run will completely sell out.”
Sales soared as the race reached its climax in Paris at the weekend when Vincenzo Nibali, who won the second stage from York to Sheffield, was crowded the winner of the 2014 Tour de France.
Sales peaked just as the Tour was about to end with a book sold online every 36 seconds and on average a copy of the book has been sold every six and a half minutes since it was launched.
Written by cycling author Peter Cossins and Welcome to Yorkshire’s Andrew Denton, Two Days in Yorkshire, features over 200 stunning images taken by the world’s best cycling and sports photographers. The book reveals the inside story of how, against seemingly impossible odds, Yorkshire won the 2014 Grand Départ, as well as capturing the unforgettable sights and stories of two historic days.
Iwan Spekenbrink general manager of Team Giant-Shimano, whose sprint king Marcel Kittel top and tailed the 2014 Tour de France neatly by winning both the first stage from Leeds to Harrogate and the final stage into Paris (for the second year running), said: “The opening days of the Tour were something special, not just because of the success we experienced as a team but also because of the spectacle that Yorkshire put on. Gary Verity and his team did a great job of putting Yorkshire on the map and raising the bar for the annual Grand Départ. We work hard to inspire a passion for cycling and the way the sport was showcased there was a great way to do just this."
The weekend of the 5th and 6th of July were described by Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, as “the grandest Grand Départ in the 111 year history of the race,” something the teams and the riders will never forget, as Bernie Eisel of Team Sky, talking to Eurosport at the end of the Tour de France in Paris, said: “There is some wonderful scenery in Yorkshire. The landscape is just amazing, whatever the weather… It was incredible to see.” He added that the Yorkshire Grand Départ “was just amazing! Craziest, but also the best crowd ever.”
All sales so far have been pre-orders via the book’s official web site www.twodaysinyorkshire.com. The books will be despatched and also available in hard copy from several good cycle shops and book shops from the end of August.