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Experience the Race

York is going to be on celebrations mode for the departure of Stage 2 of the Tour de France on Sunday 6th July 2014. Let us help you plan your day and make the most of this unique experience! 

Timescale for the morning


  • Just before 9am – procession of cycling juniors.
  • 9am – caravan starts – this includes marketing vehicles and floats who will distribute free goodies and marketing materials. This will last around 1hr 30mins.
  • 30 minute break
  • 11am – peloton leaves the racecourse, dependent on how fast they go (as the cyclists set the pace) they will reach the start of the race in approximately 45mins.

How to Watch…

Crowds are expected to line the route of the parade to witness the celebrations, but here are the best viewing spots and dedicated FREE spectator hubs. 

Best viewing spots

• Direct visitors towards the city centre for the best viewing points for the race.
• Clifford’s Tower – disabled access & coach parking (St Georges Field) nearby, merchandise will also be sold here, best site for spectators with bikes.
• Bishopthorpe Road
• Bishopgate Street – great views along the banks of the city walls.
• Locations such as St Helens Sq and Davygate will have limited space for spectators.
• NB. The city walls will be closed, due to safety issues, where possible over the duration of the race.

Spectator Hubs

• Rowntree Park/Millennium Bridge – family hub & now the only official camping site of the TdF, not licensed.
• Designer Outlet – licensed spectator hub.
• Parliament Street – big screen and street performers.
• Grand Departy Concert taking place on the Friday 4th July at Huntington Stadium.


Events over the weekend of the race (4-6 July)


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