The 101st Tour de France or for the bike snobbish set-Le Tour, is underway. This year, in another attempt to expand the influence of professional cycling to other places, Le Tour starts with three stages in the UK.
Stage one or-the Grand Depart-takes the 22 teams of 198 riders from Leeds (you know where the Who (the band) famously played live) to Harrogate, a spa town in North Yorkshire.
Then the second stage this 22 stage (2,271 miles in total) bicycle race goes between York and Sheffield.
Before heading to France, stage 3 goes from Cambridge to London.
Here is an article from the BBC about some of the highlights of the race in England and some sights tourists might miss out on:
Tourism bosses hope the Tour de France will showcase England’s beautiful scenery to the world. But ironically the riders will not see much of it. Instead they will see bitumen, road markings, perhaps some blurred spectators’ faces, a forest of whirling wheels and Lycra-clad bottoms. So what cultural treats will they be missing out on?
The Tour de France is two races in one. The first will see 198 riders set off on Saturday from Leeds on a 21-stage, 2,271mile (3,656km) pedal slog to Paris.
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Here in NYC, the Gotham West Market will be having screenings and events in celebration of Le Tour–here is more:
From the beginning, Gotham West Market was designed to be the destination for cyclists, and with this in mind, a month of programming kicks off this Saturday to celebrate the Tour de France, the crème de la crème of cycling events. From July 5 through July 27, cycling enthusiasts are welcome to bike on over and celebrate at the Market with daily screenings, special offers and of course, some healthy competition. More info below.
Screenings: Gotham West Market will air the race daily on their two projection screens starting at 8am. Special viewing tables will be reserved for those coming by to catch the action. For those who miss the live broadcast, the race will be aired again at 3pm daily inside NYC Velo. Additionally, the first person in the market to watch the Tour de France will get a complimentary Blue Bottle Coffee and Choza taco (tokens located in the viewing areas).
Perks: For those visiting the Market dressed cycling gear, The Cannibal will offer a selection of 2 for 1 beers, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams’ pop-up shop will upgrade cones and cups with an extra scoop of ice cream and El Colmado will offer a Contador and Valverde wine special in honor of the top-seeded Spanish riders.
NYC Velo: NYC Velo, the Market’s own bike shop and concierge will offer complimentary bicycle concierge starting at 7:45am daily and also offer 10% off storewide to shoppers who visits during the Tour de France.
Quizzes: Guests can test their cycling knowledge with Tour de France quizzes. Prizes include gift cards from Court Street Grocers Sandwich Shop gift cards, ice cream trios from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, $20 tokens to The Brooklyn Kitchen and Genuine Roadside’s complimentary meal trading cards.