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Calculating the Tour de France effect

A new report out this week called Three Inspirational Days takes a look at the impact the Tour de France made in Yorkshire, Cambridge and London.
Tour de France in Yorkshire

The report, Three Inspirational Days, details how spectators watched the Tour de France in their hordes, stating that almost 4.8 million people watched the Tour de France in Yorkshire, Cambridge, Essex and London. The size of the crowds at such large events are very hard to measure accurately but were estimated using television footage.

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Le Tour - a spectator's view

What was it like in the crowd watching the Tour de France? Rhia Weston was in Yorkshire to watch the greatest cycling race in the world whizz by llkley and she didn't take a 'selfie'!
Kittel wins Stage 1 Tour de France.

I am fortunate enough to have a brother who lives in one of the towns that the Tour de France passed through: Ilkley, which is just a 45-minute walk from Addingham – the town so good the tour passed through it twice. So I watched the tour whizz by on both Saturday and Sunday. 

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Tour de France - Stage 3 Cambridge to London

The Tour de France moves to the East of England today and Stevenage CTC have organised a special 100km ride to get close to the greatest cycling race in the world.
Chris Froome cycling on Champs Elysees in 2013

The Tour de France moves to the East of England today and Stevenage CTC have organised a special 100km ride to get close to the greatest cycling race in the world.

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The Tour de France for all-abilities

Inspired by the Tour de France? It was busy at CTC's Spectator Hub near Leeds with many trying out cycling for the first time on our fleet of adapted cycles.
Two cyclists using a hand adapted cycle

In the hope that watching the best cyclists in the world on their doorstep will inspire everyone whatever their ability to have a go at cycling, CTC held a Spectator Hub on Saturday 5 July at St Joseph's Primary School in Otley, Leeds.

The school is on the route of the Tour de France, the caravan came through at 10am. At around midday, the riders passed the school gates where spectators were able to watch and wave (no selfies allowed!).

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Going ahead of the Tour de France

A group from CTC Holidays and Tours is cycling ahead of the Tour de France Grand Départ 2014 on a unique 7-day ride through the some of the best cycling in Yorkshire.
Team Sky riding in the Yorkshire Dales by Welcome Yorkshire

In the week leading up to the Tour de France, Yorkshire is being painted yellow and excitement is building ahead of Stage 1 on Saturday 5 July in Leeds. 

The Tour de France is already inspiring many people to think about cycling. Villages have been decorated in yellow bikes, and businesses have seen an influx of cyclists doing the route. Lots of schools have also got on board decorating their schools with bikes."

Mike Carey
CTC Holidays and Tours Leader

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CTC takes key role in 'Cycle Yorkshire' legacy launch

Pupils at a Wakefield school have met Yorkshire pro cycling brothers Dean and Russell Downing as part of the launch of 'Cycle Yorkshire'. The organisation has been set up to make the most of welcoming the Tour de France Grand Départ to the county next year.
Dean and Russell Downing

CTC is working with  'Welcome to Yorkshire' and York City Council on 'Cycle Yorkshire', an initiative to ensure that there is a 10-year legacy with a continued growth in cycling long after the banners have been taken down from the Tour de France route.

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The three days you really need to see of TdF 2014

We all love watching the Tour de France, but lets face it, some stages are just more memorable than others. Nothing is more disappointing than when you take a late lunch or even the day off to watch the action and there isn’t any. Here are our top picks for days you really ought to consider
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Stage 14, Saturday 19 July, Grenoble – Risoul, 177km

With three major climbs and a summit finish, the second stage in the Alps, promises to be one of the highlights of the tour. Practically from the beginning, riders start the assent of the Col du Lautaret (2,058m) which may not be steep but since the route climbs for 80kms before reaching the summit, it's going to be a tough day.

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Stevenage & N. Herts CTC's cunning plan to ride to Le Tour

When ride leader Jim Brown hatched a plan to combine a 60-mile ride from Hertfordshire to Essex to watch the Tour de France on Monday 7 July, he wasn't sure if it would come together. Happily it did - and very successfully, with a peloton of 20 riders and Jim acting as their 'super domestique'.
Riders from Stevenage and N. Herts

It was always going to be different:

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Ride 100km with CTC and watch the Tour de France

As the Tour de France leaves Yorkshire and heads down south, Stevenage CTC is inviting CTC members to join them in a 100km ride from Stevenage to Saffron Walden to watch the fastest riders in the world in action.
Chris Froome cycling on Champs Elysees 2013

The Tour de France comes to the East of England on Monday 7 July and  Stevenage CTC have organised a special 100km ride to get close to the greatest cycling race in the world. 

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CTC helps Yorkshire win the Tour de France

The Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014 will take place in Yorkshire. CTC backed 'Le Bid' in the summer and is delighted that part of the 101st race will be in Leeds where CTC is involved in community outreach work.
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Seven years after the Tour last came to Britain, the city of Leeds will host the start of the 2014 Tour de France.

Race organisers have confirmed the Tour will start in Yorkshire on 5-6 July 2014 and then it will head south to London for the third stage.

The race last came to the UK in 2007, when two million people came out to watch the prologue and a road stage from London to Canterbury.

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