Have you visited Yorkshire recently? Well if you have or haven’t, you might of noticed the yellow bikes on the streets, hanging on the wall of a house or in a shop window. You’ll also see the many buntings too made out of miniature jerseys in yellow, green, white and white with red polkadots hanging across the fence, trees and most probably anywhere possible as Yorkshire prepares for the Tour de France 2014 Grand Depart this July. Fantastic innit? or shall I say FunTastic isn’t?! Well, there will be a handful that won’t agree with me especially if they come from Yorkshire itself and doesn’t like all the fuss involving hundreds of bikes and bikers, road closures and lots of crowds (which most probably will reached to thousands if not to a million). But I’m sure the majority of us here in Yorkshire are excited, delighted and proud to be part of the world’s largest annual sporting event. Plus it will be the best opportunity for Yorkshire to show its outstanding natural beauty to the world and beyond, not to mention that this historical event will generate lots of money for the economy too.
The Tour de France 2014-Grand Depart starts in Leeds and finishing with a sprint into Harrogate on the 5th of July. The second day will involves blends of iconic climbs and countless, short, sharp climbs from York to Sheffield. Stage 3 starts in Cambridge, passes through Essex and finishes in London on The Mall, Monday 7th of July. For more details about the stages and routes of the Grand Depart, please visit the official Le Tour Yorkshire website.
The Grand Depart opening ceremony will be on the evening of July the 3rd at the Leeds Arena, the spectators will see the biggest stars from the world of cycling and spectacular live entertainment. On the day of the event, there will be plenty of official Grand Depart Spectators Hubs, which will have big screens, entertainment, activities, refreshments and toilet facilities. There will be plenty of accommodation in Yorkshire for everyone, from bed and breakfast to budget and five star hotel accommodation, and along the routes, there will be loads of pop-up camp sites to choose from.
North Yorkshire painter Alister Colley has been named as the official artist of the Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014. Alister will commemorate this historic sporting occasion with the production of this official painting for Le Tour de France ‘The Yorkshire Grand Depart 2014’, and 2,014 other limited edition prints of his work to celebrate this special year. The painting reflects Yorkshire’s rolling landscapes with cyclist pedalling past a backdrop of some of the county’s key landmarks. To order your print, please visit zeitgeistfineart.com or visit Alister Colley’s studio and gallery at the prestigious King Street Workshops in beautiful scenic Pateley Bridge.
Yorkshire has plenty to offer being the biggest county in the UK, not to mention it has some of Europe’s most stunning countryside and coastline. Amidst its vibrant cities and pretty market towns, are the National Museums, some of the world-heritage sites, world’s only submarium, the most picturesque streets to the oldest football club(in the world), oldest visitor attraction(in the world) and even the oldest sweet shop in the world is in Yorkshire. It has the most visited towns in Britain too, so you’ll never be short of something to see and do in Yorkshire even after the race. So if you’re planning to visit, please have a look at this very helpful Grand Depart Spectator Guide and the latest Road Closure Updates to avoid delays and inconvenience as much as possible. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are coming to the Grand Depart on the 5th of July, which I think is marvellous! I’ve heard there will be freebies that will be thrown to the crowds 2 hours before the race starts- I’m thinking plenty of memorabilias huh! And if you’re not in a hurry at all, why not stay for The Great Yorkshire Show on July 8-10?
In behalf of us here in Yorkshire, I hope you’ll have the grandest of Grand Depart experience and a lovely Yorkshire!
Love & kisses,