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Yorkshire- Where to stay to view 2014 Tour de France Stages 1 & 2?

Jul 24th, 2013, 05:30 AM
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Yorkshire- Where to stay to view 2014 Tour de France Stages 1 & 2?

With the success of Froome, Wiggins and Cavendish over the past several years, the Tour start in Yorkshire is calling my name. Loudly. I've been studying the stage route maps and the Sustrans website in an attempt to pinpoint a home base for our stay. We followed the race for two weeks in 2004 so I'm aware of the ins and outs of viewing the race but I'm not at all familiar with the area.

We'll likely arrive the weekend prior to the race start so we can sightsee, ride bikes and recover from jetlag before the masses arrive. Looking at the route map, I see that the race travels near Skipton on both days and I'm considering staying there based only on that information. Harrogate will be on the route both days but will be a zoo (first race day ends there and it's possible Cavendish will win there, made all the better as Harrogate is where his mother's home is apparently).

Based on the route map, where should we stay that will allow easy access to the race by bike? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/oth...aled--MAP.html
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Jul 24th, 2013, 06:06 AM
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http://letour.yorkshire.com/

Skipton looks good, I've not dug into the map yet
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Jul 24th, 2013, 06:08 AM
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But the bridge at Bolton Abbey might be best on day 2
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Jul 24th, 2013, 06:11 AM
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Do not stay in Keighley
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Jul 24th, 2013, 06:12 AM
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I think I will have to ride 500m to get a view in Otley
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Jul 24th, 2013, 06:17 AM
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"I think I will have to ride 500m to get a view in Otley."

Niiiiiice!
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Jul 24th, 2013, 07:04 AM
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Everyone around me in the Dales is saying that cottages hotels etc are already booked up. Thinking about renting out my spare bedroom!! I'd get yourself sorted as soon as possible.
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Jul 24th, 2013, 07:36 AM
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Morgan's, can you comment on the best home base with respect to the race route maps?
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Jul 24th, 2013, 07:44 AM
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Damn autocorrect! Apologies Morgana.
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Jul 24th, 2013, 08:18 AM
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This thread is a good starting point.
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTop...e_England.html
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Jul 24th, 2013, 08:28 AM
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bilboburgler, can you tell me why I should not stay in Keighley?
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Jul 24th, 2013, 10:04 AM
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The two Yorkshire days of Le Tour cross at a roundabout just outside Addingham
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Jul 24th, 2013, 12:41 PM
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General question: when exactly did this country become so good at sport? What happened? Did I miss something?
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Jul 24th, 2013, 01:06 PM
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Havana...

This country has always been good at sport.

It's just that sometimes other countries have been better. Right now they mostly aren't as good.
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Jul 24th, 2013, 01:27 PM
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This country has always been good at sport.

It's just that sometimes other countries have been better. Right now they mostly aren't as good.>

Oh. Last time I looked was Atlanta '96.
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Jul 24th, 2013, 02:39 PM
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Ann Marie, I wouldn't send my worst enemy to Keighley, it is getting better but was a very poor place to visit.
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Jul 24th, 2013, 04:58 PM
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Bilbo ruler, I googled Keighley and quickly saw how unpopular the place is. Thanks for the heads up.
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Jul 30th, 2013, 10:03 AM
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Just thought I'd follow up to say that I went a different direction regarding the location of our home base for the tour. I booked a cottage near Tadcaster as it is 15-20 miles from Leeds, York and Harrogate, three of the start/finish cities.
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For anyone reading this thread who's contemplating visiting the Dales for the first two stages of the Tour next year (July 5 & 6), you should be booking your accommodation NOW (if you haven't already). As Morgana said upthread in July, things are booking up FAST (as we found in our own trip planning) - from holiday cottages to B&Bs, and even at higher than usual prices!
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To recover from jet lag would indicate that you are American.

In which case there is only one place to stay in the North.

http://www.innatwhitewell.com/

About half an hour's drive from the Tour's route and more English than HP sauce.

Even better, it is in Lancashire.
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