As you may have heard, unless you have been living in a cave for the last 6 months, the 101st Tour de France is making its Grand Depart in Yorkshire this weekend with the second stage setting off from York Racecourse on Sunday 6th 2014.
This event has seen almost every square inch of the city covered in a combination of yellow bicycles and bunting which depicts the various jerseys up for grabs on the tour. In short, the people of York have embraced this unique event and all signs suggest that it will be very well supported.
The riders are set to depart from York racecourse at around 9.20 and will pass down Bishy Road, past Clifford’s Tower into the city centre past the Minster and out onto Bootham before heading out of York on Boroughbridge Road via Water End.
A slightly more detailed map of the route can be found here.
Once the peloton has made its way out of York it will pass through Knaresborough, Keighley and Huddersfield on its way to Sheffield. One thing that stood out whilst browsing through the itinerary for the day was the brilliantly named category 4 climb – Cote de Blubberhouses, just outside of Harrogate.
Options for watching the Tour once it has passed through in real life will probably include every pub in York but we have gone for Orillo Cinema outdoor event which takes place in Museum Gardens and will see the event screened live on a 6-metre wide screen as well as BBQ, live music, bar and a screening of Jumanji in the evening, for some reason!
More details on this event can be found here. Tickets are priced at £7 and can be bought on the day on a 1 in, 1 out basis.
However you choose to support York’s first Tour de France Stage, there will be an event to suit and the atmosphere around town on the day should be incredible. Just don’t sleep in on Sunday or you might struggle to get a good spot by the side of the road. I’ve set my alarm for 5.30!
Vive le Tour!