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Basic details of the routes for the stages of the Tour de France in 2014 have been announced. There are two stages in Yorkshire and one in the south.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ycling/21056721

Two stages conveniently close to home for some of us. :)

Excellent. We have a friend in Harrogate and Huddersfield is close enough to ride from home. Really looking forward to it.

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A story that should be announcing the route for the The Grand Depart in Yorkshire somehow now becomes Tour to visit London Olympic Park and The Mall.

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It would be good if the route went in front of The George Hotel. If it's reopened that is............

How would that work? Last time I went to Huddersfield the area in front of the George is hardly suitable for a bike race.

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A story that should be announcing the route for the The Grand Depart in Yorkshire somehow now becomes Tour to visit London Olympic Park and The Mall.

They've already covered that Yorkshire will host the kick off. That a route will go through bits of London is, I think, new news.

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Great news..It will show the world what'll happen to them if they don't behave!!

Seriously, Holme Moss might be a tad crowded that day!

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Someone has googlemapped potential routes for these stages.

Day 1: https://maps.google....=m&z=9&lci=bike

Day 2: https://maps.google....m&z=10&lci=bike

Not sure how accurate that is, at least for day 2, as it's supposed to be heading up Cragg Vale (the longest continous ascent in England) which is missed completely on that map.

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Not sure how accurate that is, at least for day 2, as it's supposed to be heading up Cragg Vale (the longest continous ascent in England) which is missed completely on that map.

Probably go down Peckett Well into Hebden Bridge, up Cragg Vale to the Blackstone Edge reservoir, then turn left through Ripponden and Greetland to Elland.

Hope it's a nice day otherwise the peleton could be blown to pieces ... wind / steep slippery roads / stone walls.

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Probably go down Peckett Well into Hebden Bridge, up Cragg Vale to the Blackstone Edge reservoir, then turn left through Ripponden and Greetland to Elland.

Hope it's a nice day otherwise the peleton could be blown to pieces ... wind / steep slippery roads / stone walls.

That's as I'm anticipating it. Can't decide whether to walk through the village to Peckett or head over the moors to watch from higher up. Plenty of time to decide though. :D

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How would that work? Last time I went to Huddersfield the area in front of the George is hardly suitable for a bike race.

Quite easy to arrange a bit of a loop in front of it and off up to the ring road.

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Probably go down Peckett Well into Hebden Bridge, up Cragg Vale to the Blackstone Edge reservoir, then turn left through Ripponden and Greetland to Elland.

Hope it's a nice day otherwise the peleton could be blown to pieces ... wind / steep slippery roads / stone walls.

Aye it gets a bit bleak towards Blackstone Edge in rough weather. There is also the hazard of the hill farmers in the area....... :)

If it goes up through Cragg Vale to Blackstone Edge it will take it pretty close to the meridian and the Pennine Way, which I'm sure the commentators will mention.

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Not sure how accurate that is, at least for day 2, as it's supposed to be heading up Cragg Vale (the longest continous ascent in England) which is missed completely on that map.

That's a popular climb with local and visiting cyclists. The road is a good old climb but it is not very steep. I've found that thirst and needing to drink every few minutes is more of an issue for me cycling up it than tiredness.

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