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Tour de France in York

York races

Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2014 starts in York. TDF Hub 2014 Ltd's survey found that 19% of Stage 2 spectators expected to watch the race in York, so that could be around 200,000 people. York City Council's estimate is 180,000.

Tour de France in York: route information and maps

Route map of Tour de France 2014 in York

The above map shows the route of the Tour de France in York, or see a larger PDF version of the Tour de France in York route map

From the start at York racecourse, the Tour de France takes Campleshon Road, Bishopthorpe Road, Bishopgate Street, Skeldergate (Skeldergate bridge over the Ouse), Tower Street past Clifford's Tower, Clifford Street, Nessgate, Spuriergate, Coney Street, St Helen's Street, Davygate, St Sampson's Square, Church Street, Goodramgate, Deangate, Minster Yard, Duncombe Place, St Leonard's Place, Bootham, Clifton, Water End (back over the Ouse), then the A59 Boroughbridge Road/Roman Road to Harrogate. 

This means that the Tour de France will pass a lot of York's historic sights and tourist attractions, including Clifford's Tower, some of the narrow medieval streets at the heart of the city, and York Minster. Especially if it's a sunny day, it should be a fantastic advert for visiting York.

Clifford's Tower, York   York Minster

Tour de France in York: where to watch the race

York racecourse

There are three official spectator hubs in York. The first is at York racecourse, where the stage will start. All 20,000 free tickets for the racecourse were taken within hours. The other two are not right on the route of the race - they are at Huntingdon Stadium and York Designer Outlet. All the spectator hubs are free, and have big screens showing the race, activities, entertainment, food and drink, and loos.

There'll be a free community spectator event at Rowntree Park, with space for 3,000 people. Rowntree Park will have a big screen, a fairground, sideshows and stalls, music, and food and drink. However, the big screen will only show the Tour in the morning - in the afternoon, it seems they'll be showing a 'family film', which seems a very bad decision.

There'll also be lots of cycling enthusiasts just lining the route through York.

Tour de France in York: race timings

Stage 2 of the Tour de France starts at York racecourse at 11am on Sunday 6th July 2014. It'll take about 20 minutes to make its way through the city, and the racing begins on the A59 outside York at 11.20. The riders are expected at Kirk Hammerton between 11.34 and 11.35, and near Green Hammerton between 11.37 and 11.38. The publicity caravan precedes the riders by 2 hours. See the full timings for Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France.

Tour de France in York: road closures

Roads along the Tour route in York will be closed from (approximately) 4am to 1.30pm on Sunday 6th July. The race route has to be clear of parked vehicles from 7pm on Saturday 5th July, and any which are left may be towed away. 

See York City Council's Tour traffic and travel page for road closure details, itravelyork.info for travel arrangements on the day, and our road closures page for information about other areas on Stages 1 & 2.

Tour de France in York: where to stay

Visit York's Tour de France page has a link to its accommodation in York section.

There's camping at Rowntree Park, York from Wednesday 2nd to Sunday 6th July.

Tour de France in York: events

York City Council has a York-specific programme of Tour-related events, which are part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014. They include, for example, an inclusivity cycle ride from Rowntree Park on 19th June, the Tour de Brass on 21st & 22nd June, and the Grand Départy concert at Huntingdon Stadium on Friday 4th July.