As cycling is becoming more and more popular each year, the Grand Depart in Yorkshire is predicted to be a huge success according to results from fans of the sport. Cycling this year sh0uld be a meticulously brilliant and exciting event. There’ll be much to look out for.
Starting on the 5th July, they will be cycling the first stage of 190 kilometres from Leeds, Harewood, Otley, Ilkley, Skipton ,Kettlewell, Aysgarth, Hawes, Reeth, Leyburn, Ripon and finally Harrogate. The second stage is the most lengthy and consists of 200 kilometres from York, Knaresborough, Silsden, Keighley, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Elland, Huddersfield, Holmfirth and finally Sheffield. After the thousands that turned up to celebrate at London’s 2007 Grand Depart, many more are expected to be lining the streets of Yorkshire, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Tour de France star swinging round the hairpin bends of the Yorkshire Dales.
There is meant to be lots of events going off, such as sportive’s for all abilities, and the campsites are expected to be fully booked, with people rushing off to watch. The route is scenic, and consists of various back lanes.
Chief executives of the grand depart have estimated that it will make enormous short term income for Yorkshire, such as the thriving Betty’s Tearooms in Harrogate, campsites, B and B’s hotels, shops, cafes.
To finish off, for those of you who are interested in cycling, you will be able to see it and show a little support anywhere near you. It’s a must.
By Isabelle Garside