Issue no. 55 – July 2014.
The Tour de France hits Derbyshire for one day on 6th July, before finishing in Sheffield. Recently I was in the Yorkshire Dales and the way they’ve embraced the event is staggering, hand knitted bunting everywhere, yellow bike trails, painted buildings and every village green and cricket pitch is converted to a camp site for the weekend.
The route finishes at Don Valley Bowl on 6th July at approximately 4pm and this provides a great opportunity to see the finish. The site will boast a whole host of events including a big screen and cycling activities.
As the route passes from Langsett to High Bradfield there are plenty of places to see the racers on the road, but you’ll need to be there early as there is no parking along the route. Temporary car parks are being set up but it could involve a 3 or 4 mile walk to key spots, plus roads may be closed for eight hours on race day.
Coronation Park in Sheffield has capacity for 2,500 people, is close to the route and will be screening events.
We’ll be off to Leeds on Saturday and Sheffield on Sunday in the hope of seeing the riders and soaking up the atmosphere. I for one can’t wait!
Photography by Paul Chapman