Le Grand Depart 5/6 July 2014

Addingham is at the Crossroads

The Tour Addingham - Official village site

Addingham info - Village information

The main French tour site - in English!

Le Tour' Yorkshire - Official Yorkshire site

Le tour Guide - Independent expert guide

Ilkley Information

Bradford Council information

Accommodation Warning - all types of accommodation near the route are booking up fast.

Addingham Pubs, Food & Shops

Accommodation & Camping

Where to stay in Ilkley

Road Closures

Yorkshire Cycling Routes

Addingham helicopter flights available on Friday 4 July - Contact Jo Croft on 01943 839325, mobile 07753640929

''Made in Yorkshire' video - must see!




Addingham village is in the unique position of having the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France coming here on both days - it is at the crossroads of the two Yorkshire stages.

This great event starts at Leeds on Saturday 5 July 2014, with Stage 1 going to Harewood, Pool, Otley, through Ilkley, along Addingham Mainstreet and Skipton Road on the way to Skipton, up to Buckden, Hawes, Reeth, Leyburn, Ripon and then to Harrogate for the night.

See the Stage 1 map HERE

The Stage 2 route on Sunday 6 July starts at York, to Harrogate and along the A59 to Bolton Bridge, down Bolton Road, along Addingham Mainstreet and Silsden Road to Silsden, Keighley, Huddersfield and on to the finish at Sheffield.

See the Stage 2 map HERE

Street map showing routes through village HERE

The Tour de France, the world’s greatest cycle race, starts in Yorkshire in July 2014, following
a route through stunning landscapes, iconic towns and traditional villages. .. Addingham – an
attractive Yorkshire Dales village on the route – is so good, “Le Tour” is coming twice!
This unique honour, nowhere else in Yorkshire is hosting “Le Tour” on 2 days, presents the
village with an exciting opportunity to welcome visitors from the UK and across the world, to
celebrate the race to the max, and to make the event a truly memorable occasion for all. The
village has well-advanced plans for a range of activities built around “Le Tour”, which will add
to the excitement and enjoyment of the main event.

Central to this is the Addingham Festival, 2014

* Addingham village has around 3000 residents, with two-thirds expected to watch The Tour.
Many are hosting friends and family visiting for the event, significantly increasing the popula­
tion. (estimated to 6-7000)
* All Hotel and B&B accommodation in the area is fully booked
* There are 11 (up to now ) camp sites in and around the village, with capacity for more
than 5,000 people
* There will be secure Bike storage for 350 bikes in the centre of the village, plus further stor­
age on camp sites
* The Village by-pass A65 will be closed for car parking on both race days, with capacity for
mare than 1,000 cars and up to 4,000 people. Bradford Council are working on plans to ac­
commodate an influx of day visitors on both days.
* A world-wide TV audience of 3.5Billion people in 188 countries with countless journalists
covering the lead up to and following the event itself in Yorkshire including 9 helicopters

On Saturday the Caravane is expected to reach Addingham at about 10.36am with the front runners following at about 12.33pm.
On Sunday the Caravane is expected at about 10.50am and the front runners at about 12.41pm.
Detailed timings HERE

The Cavalcade ('Le Caravane')
The publicity and sponsor's Calvalcade is a terrific spectacle and a great family attraction, taking 3-3.5hours to pass. A procession of elaborate floats and vehicles precedes the racing action, 180 in all distributing 15 million items to fans at the roadside across the 3 weeks of the Tour. It is a great way to catch yourself a souvenir of Le Tour.

The Addingham bypass will be used as a public car park after being closed to traffic at 5.30am on Satruday and 6.30am on Sunday, until 'mid afternoon'. Car parks for residents will be set up so that the village roads can be cleared.

Road Closure details

In short - don't plan to move far on the Tour de France weekend!

Le Grand Depart (Official website)

Yes - 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.

It will be the first time Le Tour has visited the north of England having previously only made visits to the south coast and the capital. We guarantee it will be a festival and a spectacle for fans and first timers alike and are sure Yorkshire will rise to occasion and give the riders, the teams and the race organisers a Grand Départ to remember. Yorkshire is a world class county and it will deliver a world class event.

This is Yorkshire's moment to shine. Over 3 billion people watch Le Tour on television every year providing a wonderful advert for our county and hopefully it will prompt people who maybe haven't visited before or not been in a while to book a break to visit us.

This is undoubtedly Yorkshire's opportunity to welcome the world.

With the recent success of British riders, notably Chris Froome in 2013 and Bradley Wiggins becoming the first Briton to win Le Tour in 2012 shortly followed by a gold medal time trial performance in London, the popularity of cycling has never been higher. With that in mind it might be a good idea to think about booking your favourite Yorkshire hotel, bed and breakfast or campsite early to avoid disappointment!

Yorkshire is rightly proud to be able to say it will host the Tour de France. The county is a heartland of the sport and over the next few pages we celebrate Yorkshire's Grand Départ, Yorkshire's cycling champions, the county's iconic cycling landscapes and hopefully inspire more people to consider going uphill and down dale on two wheels in future.

After the Grand Départ in Yorkshire, On Monday 7 July, Stage 3 will take riders from Cambridge to Essex with a finish on The Mall in London.



Le Tour Facts

The Tour de France covers approximately 3600km

The Olympics and World Cup (football) are the only two sports events bigger than the tour.

A television audience of over 3 billion watch the Tour de France ever year.

Over 188 countries round the world broadcast the tour.

121 television channels relay the race.

There will be nine helicopters in the air at any one time.

12 million spectators will watch along the route.

The (carnival) sponsors’ cavalcade will take 3 to 3.5 hours to process before the race.

People will be at the roadside for up to 6 hours before the race comes through.

15-20% of visitors will be from abroad.
*94% of watchers are in family groups.


Sir Bradley Wiggins & Mark Cavendish in the 2012 Tour