City of York Council has welcomed the unveiling of the official route of stage 2 of the 2014 Le Grand Depart that will run from York to Sheffield. The City of York Council is now planning England's largest urban festival of 2014 in the days running up to the event.
The second stage of Le Grand Depart will roll out from York Racecourse and then take to York’s historic streets. The peloton will ride along some of York’s best known streets and pass landmarks such as The York Minister before the racing starts in earnest when the riders reach the edge of the city. To view a detailed map of the route through the city please download the Tour de France York Route Map (pdf). You can also view a map of the compete route of stage 2 on the Welcome to Yorkshire website.
York has four spectator hubs where you can see all the action on big screens. These are at York Racecourse (advance ticket only), Rowntree Park, York Designer Outlet and Huntington Stadium. The spectator hubs are a great place to experience the Tour de France live as well as a whole host of entertainment and shopping available. All Spectator Hubs open at 8am and are free entry (note York Racecourse is advance ticket only).
Where to Stay
York is the ideal place to stay to experience the Tour de France 2014. The city is gearing up for England's largest urban festival of 2014 with an official campsite organised by City of York Council.
If camping's not your thing, don't worry! York has a large number of hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts and self-catering accommodation. Availability is expected to be limited so book your accommodation on the official Visit York website today by clicking here.
For further information on the Tour de France in York, please visit the main City of York council website at www.york.gov.uk/tourdefrance
York 'Experience the Race' and Official Tour de France Merchandise is available to purchase online here. It is also available from the following retail locations:
Parliament Street York stall : 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th June 10am - 4pm
York Designer Outlet : every day during centre opening hours
from Friday 20th June
Spectator Hubs : at the Designer Outlet, Rowntree Park and Huntington Stadium hubs on 6th July.
GeoDesic Laser Dome : next to Cliffords' Tower York on 5th and 6th July 10am - 4pm.
Visit York Information Centre : 1 Museum Street, York. Open daily.
100 Day Cultural Festival
2014 will be the first time a Cultural Festival will run prior to and alongside the event - a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase to the world the wealth of culture on offer in our fine county.
The Festival itself will run from 27 March - 6 July 2014, the start day being the 100 day milestone until the Tour arrives in Yorkshire. The Festival gives us an opportunity to:
- Create a global showcase for the best of Yorkshire's artistic talent
- Push boundaries and raise Yorkshire's creative profile
- Produce activity that leaves a legacy for artists, participants and audiences
- Draw communities and artists together to celebrate the Grand Départ in Yorkshire
Across the county and along the route, Yorkshire will welcome the world, with millions experiencing and getting involved in innovative and ambitious world-class work.
For more details of the Cultural Festival in York, please see the Visit York website. For further details of the region-wide Cultural Festival, please click here.
Grand Départ du Tour de France 2014 : Yorkshire Video
The Tour in Numbers
- 3 billion people watching worldwide
- 15 million spectators along the route
- 3600 kilometres (km) covered
- 2200 vehicles involved
- 2000 journalists from 35 countries
- 200 riders taking part
- 188 viewing countries
- 22 teams competing
- 9 helicopters covering from the air
- 3 stages in the UK
- 2 stages in Yorkshire
- One chance to see the Tour de France in York.
Additional Information & Links
For further information about the Tour de France, cycling in York and visiting York, please use the links below:
Welcome to Yorkshire Le Tour - The official site for the Tour de France Grand Départ 2014
Visit York - Official Visitor Information Service for York
City of York Council - Main City of York Council website
iTravel York - Official Travel Information site for York
SusTrans - Sustainable and Alternative Travel Information