Le Tour de France will be taking place from the 5th to the 27th of July 2014. Made up of 21 stages and covering a distance of 3,563 km, with only two days of rest, Le Tour de France is a gruelling ride that sees contestants scaling mountains and competing in individual time trials. This year, the contest will be starting in Yorkshire and ending in Paris. The exciting news is that several new British cities have been added to the route which will begin in Leeds and progress to Harrogate, York, Sheffield,Cambridge and then London. As well as opportunities to watch the professionals race there will be plenty of cycling related activities and festivities along the route.
The big race will start in Leeds at midday on the 5th. Be prepared to get there really early if you want to see the starting point. The team presentation ceremony will also be taking place in Leeds on the 3rd of July and tickets start at £45. For a better view of the actual race head to a smaller town on the route such as Otley, Kettlewell or Hawes. Travelodge has a variety of Leeds hotels, so take your time and enjoy a nice weekend away in a beautiful and bustling city.
The second stage will be starting on Sunday the 6th of July in the beautiful city of York. If you get there early enough, at least two and a half hours, be on the look out for the freebies thrown out of a caravan before the start of the race. This is part of the tour tradition, and a great way to take home a piece of the history. Head to one of the Grand Départ Spectator Hubs, such as the York Designer Outlet, which will be hosting fun family activities all day. A big screen will keep you up to date with the race and is easily accessible by car. Picking a well located Travelodge means you can get a really good view of the race on the big day and wont have to camp out all night.
Cambridge is definitely the cycling capital of the country and this part of Le Tour is a well anticipated event. The third stage of the race will depart on Monday the 7th July. Starting beside Parker’s Piece, the area will be transformed into a cycling village and Le Tour officials will be hosting fun events for all the family. Monday the 7th of July is the last day the race will be in the UK and Cambridge will be full of excited people waiting to see off the cyclists as they head towards London on their last 159 km stretch. Cambridge is a beautiful city to explore, especially by bike. Staying nearby is perfectly easy with Travelodge.
The capital city will be pulling out all the stops for the finale of Le Tour in the UK. London will have three TDF Fan Parks located in the brand new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Green Park and Trafalgar Square, which is the final point of the race. The fan parks will be set up with French style food markets, Le Tour de France museums, giant screens, interactive cycling activities, celebrity appearances and much, much more. The cycling events are also free, so a great way to entertain children and adults alike. London is a vibrant city, full of activities and sites to see, even after the cycling is over. With plenty of Travelodges to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice, when trying to pick somewhere to sleep after a jam packed day.