Tour de France: Travel by numbers
The final countdown for this year's cycle race
Sunday 29 June 2014
2,000,000 The number of spectators expected to line the route of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire, where the world's greatest cycle race begins. Two stages will be run: the first from Leeds to Harrogate on 5 July, the second from York to Sheffield on 6 July. For information on how to join the throng, see letour.yorkshire.com
100 The number of full days the Yorkshire Festival (festival.yorkshire.com) will last. It began on 27 March and continues until 7 July as part of the celebrations surrounding Saturday's Grand Départ. There's still plenty of art and culture to enjoy: try Bike Show at the Barnsley Civic, an exhbition of contemporary bike design, which also attempts to answer the question: "How many bike tyres do you need to complete a whole tour?". Admission free (barnsleycivic.co.uk).
33 Percentage gradient of Jenkin Road in Sheffield, the suburban street in the South Yorkshire city almost at the end of the second stage. From the top you get an excellent view of the post-industrial landscape, best explored on two feet on the "Iron Age to Steel Age" walk (bit.ly/SteelWalk).
5 The number of times the Tour de France has so far come to the Netherlands (the last occasion being Rotterdam in 2010). The sixth Dutch stage will take place next year in Utrecht, with Grand Départ celebrations running from 1-5 July. For more information on the city, see visit-utrecht.com/en
480 The price of a double room, in euros, at the Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elyseés in Paris on 27 July. Welcome the Tour's final stage at the Arc de Triomphe, as riders make the final push from Evry, 137.5km away, then retire to this smart address, less than 500m away (radissonblu.com).
320,000 Population of the island of Corsica, starting point for last years' centennial Tour de France, which was eventually won by Team Sky racer, Chris Froome. You can test your thighs on the so-called Ile de Beauté with cycling specialist Skedaddle. A self-guided tour on two-wheels costs from £865pp, with a week's accommodation in Bastia and a route that whips past sheltered coves and secluded nature reserves. Flights are extra (skedaddle.co.uk).
21 The number of stages in the Tour de France. You can witness three key étapes – stages 4-6 – in northern France, with Sports Tours International. Its three-day mini tour departs from the UK by coach on 7 July, crossing the Channel on the Dover-Calais ferry and driving on to Lille. It includes four nights' half board, with transfers to key points in each stage to watch the riders race by; £699pp (sportstoursinternational.co.uk).
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