Details of Tour de France route through Yorkshire are unveiled in Paris (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Details of Tour de France route through Yorkshire are unveiled in Paris
Updated 2:54pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
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- Top cyclists gather in Paris to hear details of the 2014 Tour de France route
- For the first time in history, the race's Grand Depart will begin in Yorkshire
- The first two stages of the race will take in Skipton, Ilkley, Otley, Silsden, Keighley, Haworth and Oxenhope.
- Grand Depart WILL go up Haworth Main Street's cobbles - and Chris Froome has said he's worried about cobblestone sections of the race.
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Hello Paris! Bonjour Yorkshire! New BFs : ) via @Welcome2Yorks #Worththetour http://t.co/Z9lfS7Y7YC— @worththetour 23 October 2013
Up hill and down dale, the TDF Grand Depart will link all the jewels of the Bradford District, from elegant Ilkley through to Skipton Castle, along the sweeping beauty of Airedale, steaming through Keighley, home of the historic railway and then up Haworth’s famous cobbled Main Street.
Wow!wont have to go very far to watch the Tour de France next year it's going straight past our door!— @CFisheries 23 October 2013
@khopkinsmp is getting excited about the Tour de France going through his constituency next year http://t.co/MkiYBBYthp— @conservativesN 23 October 2013
Stage 2 – Sunday, July 6, 2014
From Harrogate the route passes through Blubberhouses on the A59 and descends Beamsley Hill to the junction with Bolton Road at Bolton Bridge.
Turning left, the riders will head to Addingham on the B6160, turning right on to Main Street in the centre of the village and heading uphill towards Silsden.
Crossing the A65 bypass, the route follows the A6034 Bolton Road through Silsden and then turns left on to the A629 Airedale Road dual carriageway to Keighley.
The riders will then go through Keighley town centre on North Street and South Street before tackling the climb up to Cross Roads.
At Cross Roads, the route heads right on the B6142 down Mill Hey to Haworth, along Station Road and then up the cobbled Main Street.
At North Street, the peloton will turn left to Stanbury and then left again along Moorside Lane and Shaw Lane to Oxenhope.
From Oxenhope, the riders head uphill again on the A6033 Hebden Bridge Road towards Halifax.
12:54pm Wed 23 Oct 13
Can't wait for this. Shame the route couldn't go through more central areas of Bradford but I think we can blame Baildon moor for that.
Stage 1 – Saturday, July 5, 2014
The route comes from Leeds via Harewood House to join the A659 through Pool-in-Wharfedale to Otley.
The riders will take Cross Green and Westgate through Otley and then join the A660 to Ilkley, passing along the A65 Burley bypass.
In Ilkley, the route follows Leeds Road and Skipton Road and then bypasses Addingham towards Skipton.
The riders leave the A65 to head into Skipton on the A6069 and then turning up the High Street and going onto A6265 Raikes Road and Grassington Road towards the Dales.
The route goes past Rylstone, Threshfield, Kilnsey, Kettlewell and Buckden before tackling Kidstones Bank into Bishopdale.
On Saturday 5th July, Stage 1 of the epic TDF ride will travel from Leeds to Harrogate via Skipton when the racers will enter into Skipton along Otley road, race along Newmarket Street, before travelling up Skipton High Street past the castle and turning on to Raikes road, and leaving the town via Grassington Road.
The first phase of new waymarked signs are being installed by North Yorkshire County Council along the route of Stage One.
Approximately 50 will be used to guide people around the route with most of new signs in place by early 2014.
Early plans are being drawn up for a sportive which would see cyclists riding the route of the Grand Départ in the weeks before the professional peloton.
There are also plans to use the visit of the Tour de France as a catalyst to attract more international cycle races to Yorkshire as part of the Grand Départ Legacy programme.
Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor, said: "The Tour de France Grand Départ will be the biggest event hosted in Leeds and Yorkshire in living memory. You can sense the anticipation level rising by the day as people start planning where they will watch from to be able to say 'I was there' at this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"This is an unrivalled opportunity not only to raise the profile of Leeds and Yorkshire to new heights, but also to inspire people of all ages to get on bikes and create a lasting legacy that is fitting for such a sporting phenomenon.
"This journey has already started and I'm so pleased that a group of young people representing Leeds have been able to share today's excitement and sample a flavour of what is yet to come."
Christian Prudhomme, director of Le Tour, said: “We are excited to take Le Tour back to Britain again. I know the Grand Départ in Yorkshire will be visually stunning and technically challenging and the third stage from the cycling city of Cambridge to the historic heart of London will provide a fitting finale.
"The British cycling fans are passionate people and I am sure they will line the routes of the three stages cheering the teams and riders all the way from Yorkshire to London, providing an unforgettable start to the 2014 Tour.”
Gary Verity chief executive of Welcome To Yorkshire, said: “It was an honour to be able to represent Yorkshire at the presentation today and to showcase our proud county. Yorkshire’s will be the greatest Grand Départ in the history of the Tour de France.
"We will raise the bar for all future hosts with our Cultural Festival 100 days before the race, two stunning stages and a legacy that leaves a cycling imprint on the county which lasts for generations.
"The Grand Départ will put Yorkshire on the map as a destination capable of hosting world class events in a world class location, providing a springboard to greater things. We are excited, we are proud and we are ready to welcome the world.”
A delegation from Yorkshire attended the ceremony including some of the county’s cycling heroes – Brian Robinson, Barry Hoban, Dean and Russell Downing – and 10 students from Carr Manor Community School in Leeds who attended as guests of the race organisers the Amaury Sport Organisation, wearing T-shirts spelling out ‘Yorkshire!’.
East Coast Trains and Eurostar helped transport the children from Leeds to Paris for a once in a lifetime experience to learn more about one of the biggest sporting events in the world and experience French culture first hand.
Yorkshire stole the show in Paris today at the official launch of 2014 Tour de France.
As part of the ceremony, Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, formally presented the county to nearly 5,000 journalists from all over the world as proud hosts of the Grand Départ and revealed three new announcements to celebrate the visit of the world’s greatest cycling race.
• The route of Stage One will start to be permanently waymarked with new signage so cyclists and motorists can follow the routes of the Grand Départ for years to come (image attached).
• Plans are underway to host an official Grand Départ sportive and to attract more international cycle races to Yorkshire.
• A new version of the official Grand Départ website – www.letouryorkshire.com – has also been launched with interactive maps of the two Stages showing the routes in greater detail.
Will you be watching the Grand Depart next year? Where will you be watching from?
Here's the big news... the Grand Depart WILL go up Haworth Main Street's cobbles. That's going to be a bone-shaker, particularly as defending champ Chris Froome has gone on record this week saying he's worried about cobblestone sections of the race.
Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish at the Tour de France route announcement at the Palais des Congrès in Paris
.@marcelkittel asked which his favourite stage is? Stage One, Leeds-Harrogate, was his answer! #TDFyorkshire #YellowJersey— @letouryorkshire 23 October 2013
.@MarkCavendish "@GaryVerity and his team did an incredible job" - Can't wait to see you in Yorkshire, Mark. #TDFyorkshire— @letouryorkshire 23 October 2013
Welcome To Yorkshire chief exec Gary Verity has just done a great job reading his speech out in French. Now on to the route... #TDF— @SkyCycling 23 October 2013
"Yorkshire won us over with its beautiful landscapes and quality of terrain for cyclists." Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme #TDF— @Yorkshire_2014 23 October 2013
RT @letour: .@GaryVerity: "It is an honour for me to stand here before you, representing Yorkshire. We are proud to host with you le Grand …— @letouryorkshire 23 October 2013
RT @letour: Stage 2 - There will be 9 climbs, including the Holme Moss one. #TDF— @ClaireS_TandA 23 October 2013
RT @letour: The team presentation will take place in the Leeds Arena on July 3rd. #TDF— @cyclesense 23 October 2013
Here is the official Le Tour Yorkshire "Grand Départ 2014 - Made in Yorkshire" film from Welcome To Yorkshire.
News from Welcome To Yorkshire - Stage One of the Grand Depart will be permanently waymarked with new signage so you can follow the routes.
The detailed route of next year’s Tour de France was today being unveiled before some of the world’s best cyclists in Paris.
For the first time in its history, the Grand Depart of the 101st edition of the world’s most famous bike race will be in Yorkshire.
The first stage on Saturday, July 5, will see the riders race along a 120 mile route from Leeds to Harrogate via the Yorkshire Dales and through Skipton, Ilkley and Otley.
The second stage on Sunday, July 6, a distance of 125 miles from York to Sheffield takes in Silsden, Keighley, Haworth and Oxenhope.
Defending champion Chris Froome and multiple stage winner Mark Cavendish were expected to be among an audience of more than 4,000 people at the Palais des Congrès today when the route is revealed and examined leading to much speculation as to who will be pre-race favourite.
The 2014 Tour will spend a further day in Britain on Monday, July 7, following a route from Cambridge to London with a finishing sprint along The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
From there it will be 18 days of riding across the plains and mountains of France to the grand finale in the Champs-Elysées in Paris where the 2014 Tour de France winner will be crowned .