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  • 15.01.2013

The Tour de France is coming to Yorkshire

In December it was announced that Yorkshire had been chosen to host “Le Grand Départ” in 2014. “I don’t speak French” I hear you say. Well basically it’s the start of the biggest annual sporting event in the World, the Tour de France.

The 5th and 6th of July (2014), will be the two days that the top cyclists from around the globe battle it out over 400km of Yorkshire’s roads.

It is estimated that over 3 million people will turn out to line the roads, in the hope of seeing the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.

1,200 hotel rooms are reserved each night for the teams, staff, press and tour personnel. So where are all the tourists going to stay? Mmm, let me think?

Glamping (and camping) during the summer in Yorkshire is always popular, but this will take the need for quality accommodation through the roof. We’ve already had a number of enquiries about our bell tents for the Grand Départ, so if you’re keen to camp in luxury along the route, get in touch now to avoid disappointment.

Some key facts and figures on the world’s largest annual sporting event:

  • It starts at the end of June/beginning of July and lasts 3 weeks
  • The entire race covers approximately 3,500 kms
  • The Grand Départ is the opening of the race of the Tour de France
  • The Grand Départ is regularly held outside of France – in 2012 it was hosted by Belgium
  • A worldwide television audience of 3.5billion people watch the Tour de France annually
  • Over 188 countries around the world broadcast the Tour de France
  • 121 different television channels across the world show the race every year
  • There are 4,700 hours of TV coverage annually
  • The last hour of every stage is broadcast live across western Europe
  • 2,000 journalists representing dozens of nationalities attend the Tour every year
  • The Tour de France attracts 12 million spectators along the route in a typical year’s race
  • On average spectators travel 130km to see a stage of Le Tour
  • They spend on average six hours at a time at the roadside
  • 30% of those spectators are women
  • The last time the Tour visited England was in 2007 when it raced from London to Kent
  • 2 million people turned out over two days
  • Yorkshire’s Brian Robinson was the first Brit to win stage of Tour de France in 1958
  • Bradley Wiggins became the first British rider to win the Tour de France in 2012
For more information on the Grand Départ go to the Welcome to Yorkshire website.

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