5 July 2014 – it’s getting closer and closer.
The Grand Depart – as the Tour de France kicks [or wheels?] off – from here in Leeds.Leeds Town Hall new Tour de France banner

If you regularly walk round Harewood, you’ll have seen the notices up about it already.

Now it has all became just that bit more real.
The timings of the Yorkshire stages have been announced – here.

They’re in French, not surprisngly – but it’s easy enough to follow.

The ‘Départ fictif’ is the beginning – and includes a sort of parade stage in which the riders will set off behind the race director’s car, and where the public can see the riders more closely.
The race proper – when the flag goes down – starts with the ‘Départ réel’.

Depending on the speed they make, the riders will be in Arthington at about 12.03, Pool at 12.06/7, and Otley at 12.12/12.13.

We can feel the excitement mounting already.
The eyes of the world will be on Pool, Arthington and Otley – and so will most of ours.

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