The route will take the cyclists through some of our great and historic cities, including the Roman walled city of York, Leeds - the UK’s second biggest financial centre, the stunning cathedral city of Ripon, and Sheffield, which is fast becoming known as one of Europe’s great sporting cities.
The world's greatest cycle race - the Tour de France - will start in the world's greatest county on 5th & 6th July 2014 bringing millions of fans to the Yorkshire roadside to cheer on the champions of the sport. This is undoubtedly Yorkshire's opportunity to welcome the world. This is Yorkshire's moment to shine.
Yorkshire is the UK's biggest county and home to some of Europe's most stunning countryside and coastline. Our vibrant cities are complemented by pretty market towns. We believe the rich diversity of its scenery and the warm welcome you will receive really does make Yorkshire the greatest place on earth.
Fancy being involved in The Grand Depart 2014? We're looking for volunteers to get up and close to the action and show the world a brilliant Yorkshire welcome. If you think you have what it takes to be a ‘Le Tour Maker' sign up to our volunteer database here and we'll be in touch when more details become available.
There are many beautiful cycling routes around Yorkshire. Naturally they result in some truly beautiful photography too. This gallery gives just a small taster of what picturesque images Yorkshire has to offer and highlights some of the stunning scenery that The Grand Depart 2014 will experience.
Yorkshire is widely regarded as one of the spiritual heartlands of UK cycling. It's fair to say Yorkshire really packs a punch when it comes to cycling, with a rich heritage of men and women who have graced the international cycling scene with great success.
It is official: The world's greatest cycle race - the Tour de France - will start in the world's greatest county on 5th & 6th July 2014 bringing millions of fans to the Yorkshire roadside to cheer on the champions of the sport. Read More »
Plans are underway to hold a cultural festival in the 100 days leading up to the Tour de France Grand Départ. If you have an idea for a cultural event or know of an interesting event that is upcoming let us know. Read More »
The Tour de France is the world's largest annual sporting event. The entire race covers approximately 3,500 kms. It has a worldwide television audience of 3.5billion people watch the Tour de France annually and it is broadcast to over 188 countries around the world. Read More »