At 11 am tomorrow, the hugely anticipated British Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France will finally start, leaving Leeds and heading for Harrogate. The world’s most famous cycle race is holding its first three stages in Britain, ending in London on 7 July.
As soon as we heard the Tour was heading to Britain we got our maps out and started poring over them and we’ve found some great facts and figures to share with you.
- The three British stages cover a huge 569 km – so if you’re planning on emulating the pros and following the routes on OS Ride, you’ll need to do some preparation!
- If that all seems like a lot of hard work, our map database tells us that there are 588 pubs along the routes, so there’s plenty of opportunity to relax!
- The highest point on the Tour is on the Leeds to Harrogate stage, reaching 525 m.
- If you like your waterways, the Tour will cross an impressive 27 rivers and canals – and crosses the River Ure four times!