Hurrah! Yorkshire is to host le Tour de France 2014
Huge congratulations to the Welcome to Yorkshire team who have been devoted to persuading the French race organisers to choose Yorkshire as the starting point for le Tour de France 2014. They have batted off fierce competition from rival bids from Barcelona, Berlin, Florence and Edinburgh, but the hard work and sleepless nights have paid off – on the 14 December 2012 it was announced that Yorkshire won the bid!
So, why did Yorkshire win the bid? Yorkshire nicknamed Gods County is renowned for being one of the UK’s most stunning counties. It has so much to offer from history and architecture in the cities, and its picture postcard villages to the beauty of its countryside and its dramatic scenery in the two national parks, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales.
It also helps that two of our British Olympic heroes Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins publicly backed the bid as both have ties to the area. Bradley often uses the Yorkshire Dales as his training ground while Mark has much family in Yorkshire and had spent much of his childhood visiting the area, making a place he is very fond of.
With the beauty of Yorkshire the cyclists are in for a treat as they arrive in Yorkshire for the race on the 5th and 6th of July 2014. Full details of the route will be disclosed at the press conference on the 17 January in Paris. However, we believe it starts in Leeds, heading up to the North York Moors and across to the Yorkshire Dales before it heads back down south.
We just can’t wait, thanks Gary Verity and the team at Welcome to Yorkshire!