Grandest Grand Depart of the Tour de France takes place in Yorkshire !

Tour de France cyclists in Haworth

Tour de France cyclists in Haworth

Over the weekend of 5th and 6th July 2014 the county of Yorkshire hosted the Grand Depart of the 101st Tour de France.

The event was an overwhelming success, with cyclists and spectators from all over the globe turning up to watch what has been hailed the grandest Grand Depart in the world’s biggest cycle race’s history !

Preceded by a “caravane” of sponsor vehicles and media, the peloton raced through the Yorkshire Dales and Bronte Country while watched on TV by the eyes of the world.

Literally millions of people turned up to view the event at the roadside, which establishes beyond any doubt Yorkshire‘s status as a great cycling tourist destination !

Tour de France 2014 Grand Depart to start in Yorkshire

In December 2012 it was announced that the historic county of Yorkshire would host the “Grand Depart” of the Tour de France cycle race in 2014.

Starting out from  Leeds the first stage of the route chosen for this prestigious event takes in the Yorkshire Dales, running through Ilkley and Skipton then up  Wharfedale, over Kidstones Pass and on to Wensleydale then up and over Buttertubs Pass and through Swaledale to Richmond and down along the eastern edge of the Yorkshire Dales through Masham and Ripon to end the day in Harrogate.

The second day of the event sees the cyclists setting off from the historic City of York and then passing through  Harrogate and on to Addingham. From here the route enters the Bronte Country of the West Yorkshire Pennines, taking in Keighley, Haworth (famous for its associations with the Brontes), Oxenhope and Hebden Bridge and then on to Holmfirth (setting of TV’s “Last of the Summer Wine”) before undertaking a very steep climb up to Holme Moss and then descending in to Longdendale in the  Peak District. From here the route turns east and runs on to Sheffield at the end of another extremely challenging day.

For the third day the depart stage of the event moves down south to Cambridge and on to London before hopping over the channel for the rest of the race in  France.

For information about the Grand Depart’s journey through the Yorkshire Dales region (Day One of the Grand Depart) the following (externally maintained) websites may be useful:

www.letournidderdale.co.uk

www.letourwensleydale.co.uk

www.letourwharfedale.co.uk

www.letourswaledale.co.uk

For information about the Grand Depart’s journey through the Bronte Country region (Day Two of the Grand Depart) the following (externally maintained) websites may be useful:

Haworth Hub

Worth the Tour

More information about cycling and mountain biking in Yorkshire can also be found on the following (external) websites:

Dales MTB Guides

Way of the Roses – coast to coast cycle route taking in the Forest of Bowland, Yorkshire Dales, Vale of Mowbray and the North York Moors