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The Tour de France 2014

Link to the Official site for the Tour de France Grand Départ Yorkshire 2014
Link to the Official site for the Tour de France Grand Départ Yorkshire 2014

The world's greatest cycle race - the Tour de France - will start in the world's greatest county on 5th & 6th July 2014 bringing millions of fans to the Yorkshire roadside to cheer on the champions of the sport.

The Tour de France is the world's biggest single sporting event and 3rd biggest sporting event overall (behind The Olympics and the World Cup). It will affect the lives of everyone living in and around Harrogate. We are privileged to live where this immense free sporting event passes close by us on two occasions over a summer weekend and near where we can see the first day start and finish and the awarding of the coveted 'Yellow Jersey'.

Against this, there will be disruption: roads will be closed each day for about 4 or 5 hours (or more in some cases), crowds of spectators will be huge and it will be difficult to get to some places . . . so . . . best to do your shopping well before the 5th July!

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198 riders with support vehicles plus a 'caravan' of up to 120 vehicles will create a 20km parade. They will be escorted by the French Gendarmerie and watched over by 9 helicopters making quite a show. The Caravan is a terrific spectacle and a great family attraction. A procession of elaborate floats and vehicles precedes the racing action distributing 15 million items to fans at the roadside across the 3 weeks of the Tour. It is a great way to catch yourself a souvenir of Le Tour.

It is estimated there will be 345,000 visitors just to see the finish and, over the weekend, each day will about 7 times bigger than the Great Yorkshre Show! The last hour of the race each day will be broadcast live across Europe and beyond.

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Hampsthwaite - the ideal base for followers of Le Tour
  • Stage One
  • regular train services from Harrogate to see the Start of Stage 1 in Leeds at 11.00am local time
  • return to Harrogate and wait for the Finish of Stage 1 and the awarding of the coveted 'Yellow Jersey'
  • or return to Hampsthwaite to see the riders and caravan come through Killinghall from Ripley late afternoon - and then go back to Harrogate
  • or simply cycle to Ripley from Hampsthwaite on the new Nidderdale Greenway to join in the Festival and watch the riders and caravan come though late afternoon
  • Alternatively and throughout the day, Hampsthwaite is in easy reach of any part of the Stage 1 route
  • Stage Two
  • regular train services from Harrogate to see the Start of Stage 2 in York at 11.00am local time
  • or stay in Hampsthwaite to see the riders and caravan come from Harrogate towards Skipton early in the afternoon of Sunday 6th July.
  • and from Hampsthwaite, Skipton and Keighley are in easy reach to follow the route southwards to Sheffield for the end of Stage 2
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The Yorkshire Grand Départ Stage 1 - Saturday 5th July 2014 - Leeds to Harrogate: 190KM

Leeds - Harewood - Otley - Ilkley - Skipton - Kettlewell - Aysgarth - Hawes - Reeth - Leyburn - Ripon - Harrogate

The Yorkshire Grand Départ Stage 2 - Sunday 6th July 2014 - York to Sheffield: 200KM

York - Knaresborough - Silsden - Keighley - Haworth - Hebden Bridge - Elland - Huddersfield - Holmfirth - Sheffield

Grand Départ Cultural Festival

Plans are underway to hold a cultural festival in the 100 days leading up to the Tour de France Grand Départ. Submit your ideas NOW to be part of this exciting programme.

The Tour de France 2014

The world's greatest cycle race - the Tour de France - will start in the world's greatest county on 5th & 6th July 2014 bringing millions of fans to the Yorkshire roadside to cheer on the champions of the sport.

The Tour de France is the world's biggest single sporting event and 3rd biggest sporting event overall (behind The Olympics and the World Cup). It will affect the lives of everyone living in and around Harrogate. We are privileged to live where this immense free sporting event passes close by us on two occasions over a summer weekend and near where we can see the first day start and finish and the awarding of the coveted 'Yellow Jersey'.

Against this, there will be disruption: roads will be closed each day for about 4 or 5 hours (or more in some cases), crowds of spectators will be huge and it will be difficult to get to some places . . . so . . . best to do your shopping well before the 5th July!

Link to the Official site for the Tour de France Grand Départ Yorkshire 2014
Link to the Official site for the Tour de France Grand Départ Yorkshire 2014