People wanting to experience the second day’s cycling for the Tour de France can now book everything they need to take part in Le Grand Départ on Sunday 6 July 2014.
Free tickets to the celebratory start of this world-renown cycle race are being released by City of York Council today (Thursday 23 January 2014) from www.yorkracecourse.co.uk together with the first chance to book camping and parking exclusively offered as part of the Tour de France experience.
At http://letour.york.gov.uk there is a one-stop-shop where cycling fans and people wanting to be part of the spectacle can book camping and parking as well as snap up merchandise. Meanwhile, other businesses will be adding their own offers to the website nearer the time to help people fully experience the race and build a complete weekend of accommodation, food and entertainment.
The website offers a choice of three fantastic camping options. A temporary festival-style campsite at Monk Stray can accommodate caravans and motorhomes as well as pitches for tents of all sizes. Or there’s the luxury option of a Parisian Glamping Experience at a meadow alongside the McArthurGlen York Designer Outlet offering bell tent hire for up to ten people including mattresses, pillows, lanterns and cosy rugs – pitches are expected to be extremely popular. Sure to be a popular option too is the idyllic riverside campsite next to the Millennium Bridge and Rowntree Park which will feature special entertainment, fun fairs, stalls and big screen during the Tour de France weekend.
Full details and access instructions for all sites will be issued with camping tickets in June.
Also, the website will be regularly updated with new ideas and offers to help build a perfect weekend, so keep coming back to see what’s new.
With road closures expected to accommodate the race itself, street parties and celebrations, booking parking well ahead of the events is recommended. This can be booked either at a former Park & Ride car park on Tadcaster Road via http://letour.york.gov.uk or at York Racecourse via www.yorkracecourse.co.uk.
Those wanting to watch the very start of the Tour from York Racecourse will need a ticket. These are free of charge and will be available online at www.yorkracecourse.co.uk from 9am on Thursday 23 January. As the event is expected to be very popular, there is a limit of four tickets per address so that everyone has a chance to apply. Data from ticket bookers will also help the organisers anticipate travel planning around the event.
Visitors will be able to use the racecourse stands to watch both the spectacle of the pre-race caravan and then the cyclists themselves as they set off for the second stage. The leading riders will be presented to the crowds before they head into the City of York and start the competitive racing.
Stay on site for Sunday lunch as giant screens and the hundreds of televisions will allow visitors to follow all the action from the Tour itself as it heads towards the day’s finish in Sheffield; as well as letting them enjoy wider sporting action from the Men’s Final at Wimbledon to the British Formula One Grand Prix.
Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “We want to make the Grand Départ from York an amazing experience for everyone involved. Hosted in such a beautiful and vibrant city, we want people to stay and make the most of a summer weekend of entertainment, sport and the fantastic facilities York has to offer.
“As a celebration of sport, many local clubs will be offering taster sessions and displays throughout the day as part of a carnival atmosphere complete with a full programme of family-focused entertainment – plenty for everyone to get involved and have an amazing experience.
“It’s also going to be well worth keeping an eye on http://letour.york.gov.uk which is going to be updated regularly. We’re looking forward to some very special offers being posted, so don’t miss out!”
William Derby, Chief Executive of York Racecourse, said: “The city really knows how to stage a memorable spectacle and the honour of staging this event at the racecourse will be no exception. To watch the competitors set off, the facilities of the main stands and the viewing steps will be available and, if necessary, offering some wet weather cover. A season at York Races generates £58 million for the local economy so we can understand how an event like the Tour could well generate double that amount for the region over the weekend alone.”
To plan routes to and from York use the free online Journey Planner available at www.itravelyork.info and accessible via smartphones, tablets and desktop computers. The planner provides the best walking, cycling, public transport and driving routes in or through York at the touch of a button.
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The council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism is Councillor Sonja Crisp on 07876 176931
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