This is an archived press release
Friday 18 January 2013The world's top cyclists will whoosh through a corner of the Peak District National Park as part of the Tour de France in 2014.
The Dark Peak's dramatic moorland scenery will greet the cyclists on July 6 2014 as they compete on Day 2 of the event from York to Sheffield.
They will enter the national park at Holme village, passing over one of the greatest cycling climbs at Holme Moss (site of the highest radio transmitter in the country at 524m/1719ft), and then swooping down the Woodhead pass.
The cyclists will pass the ranger centre at Langsett and on through the picturesque village of Bradfield before ending their day’s ride in Sheffield city centre.
Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “This is fantastic news, especially for all local cyclists who love the Peak District and have been involved in cycling all their lives. We are very excited at the prospect of the world's biggest annual sporting event coming through the splendour of the Dark Peak.
“I’d like to congratulate Welcome to Yorkshire for their success in winning this premier event for Yorkshire.”
Matthew Dixon, a member of Bradfield Parish Council, said: "Bradfield and the surrounding area has stunning countryside that will provide a breathtaking backdrop to the Tour de France. Village folk are already very excited at the prospect."
The route on Day 1 will take them through the equally spectacular Yorkshire Dales National Park.
For details of the full route of the Yorkshire Départ of the Tour de France, go to http://letour.yorkshire.com/the-route
Cycling organisations are already gearing up for the first Peak District Cycling Festival in September 2013, to make the most of the national park’s tremendous facilities for cycling and mountain biking.