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Cycle racing relaxation – will it help?

Following Chris Froome’s second victory in the Tour de France, the Department for Transport announced that it will relax antiquated road regulations which restricted road racing to boost tourism and double the number of cycle journeys. CTC considers the implications.
The Tour could be coming to a town near you soon...

Three weeks of a gripping Tour de France ended on Sunday, and for thousands of cycle sports fans across the land a gaping void will have opened up. If you’re one of the British sufferers, then don’t worry, our Government thinks it might have the solution to what ails you.

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The best Tour de France for years

CTC's armchair Tour de France pundits Matt Mallinder and Jon Sharpe have been watching the action closely and after a thrilling stage they think this year's Tour is the best they've seen in years.
tour de France climb

I’m sure that Jon won’t be disappointed that his predictions for the leaders jerseys is his earlier blog didn’t materialise, but I know that he’ll be ecstatic that his order for an exciting race was delivered in spades 

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Tour de France: sprinters, surprises and Quick-Step

Jon Sharpe accepts his 'commentators' curse' badge and sets out his thoughts on the next stages of Le Tour - laid out for the sprinters and attacking riders to have their fun before the first big summit finish.
The TdF peloton by Frans Berkelaar via Flickr Creative Commons

After writing about who I thought would be likely to take the various classifications in my last post, it’s been said that I may have inadvertently placed the commentators' curse on them! While this might be true, I still hold firm with my decisions - although don’t ask me to pick your lottery numbers just yet!

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Blaggers' guide to Le Tour de France

Do you want to watch Le Tour and impress your friends? CTC's Matt Mallinder and Jon Sharpe have been fans for decades, and here's their guide to help you sound like you actually know what you are talking about ...
From Tour de France last year

Many of us have a fondness for a particular part of the year, a season, or holiday period, an anniversary or cherished family reunion. For many it will be a date that heralds the start of an annual focus of their particular passion. For CTC’s Roger it's the proms season, for Olly the start of the football season; for Jon and me, there are three weeks in July which provide us with our cycling 'fix' and which acts as a siren call to our armchair punditry.

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Calculating the Tour de France effect

A new report out this week called Three Inspirational Days takes a look at the impact the Tour de France made in Yorkshire, Cambridge and London.
Tour de France in Yorkshire

The report, Three Inspirational Days, details how spectators watched the Tour de France in their hordes, stating that almost 4.8 million people watched the Tour de France in Yorkshire, Cambridge, Essex and London. The size of the crowds at such large events are very hard to measure accurately but were estimated using television footage.

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The three days you really need to see of TdF 2014

We all love watching the Tour de France, but lets face it, some stages are just more memorable than others. Nothing is more disappointing than when you take a late lunch or even the day off to watch the action and there isn’t any. Here are our top picks for days you really ought to consider
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Stage 14, Saturday 19 July, Grenoble – Risoul, 177km

With three major climbs and a summit finish, the second stage in the Alps, promises to be one of the highlights of the tour. Practically from the beginning, riders start the assent of the Col du Lautaret (2,058m) which may not be steep but since the route climbs for 80kms before reaching the summit, it's going to be a tough day.

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Stevenage & N. Herts CTC's cunning plan to ride to Le Tour

When ride leader Jim Brown hatched a plan to combine a 60-mile ride from Hertfordshire to Essex to watch the Tour de France on Monday 7 July, he wasn't sure if it would come together. Happily it did - and very successfully, with a peloton of 20 riders and Jim acting as their 'super domestique'.
Riders from Stevenage and N. Herts

It was always going to be different:

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Le Tour - a spectator's view

What was it like in the crowd watching the Tour de France? Rhia Weston was in Yorkshire to watch the greatest cycling race in the world whizz by llkley and she didn't take a 'selfie'!
Kittel wins Stage 1 Tour de France.

I am fortunate enough to have a brother who lives in one of the towns that the Tour de France passed through: Ilkley, which is just a 45-minute walk from Addingham – the town so good the tour passed through it twice. So I watched the tour whizz by on both Saturday and Sunday. 

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Tour de France - Stage 3 Cambridge to London

The Tour de France moves to the East of England today and Stevenage CTC have organised a special 100km ride to get close to the greatest cycling race in the world.
Chris Froome cycling on Champs Elysees in 2013

The Tour de France moves to the East of England today and Stevenage CTC have organised a special 100km ride to get close to the greatest cycling race in the world.

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The Tour de France for all-abilities

Inspired by the Tour de France? It was busy at CTC's Spectator Hub near Leeds with many trying out cycling for the first time on our fleet of adapted cycles.
Two cyclists using a hand adapted cycle

In the hope that watching the best cyclists in the world on their doorstep will inspire everyone whatever their ability to have a go at cycling, CTC held a Spectator Hub on Saturday 5 July at St Joseph's Primary School in Otley, Leeds.

The school is on the route of the Tour de France, the caravan came through at 10am. At around midday, the riders passed the school gates where spectators were able to watch and wave (no selfies allowed!).

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