Chris Froome - image courtesy of wikipedia, licensed under creative commons

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” John F. Kennedy, Former U.S. President.

The world’s biggest annual sporting event, Le Tour de France will be in Yorkshire on the 5th and 6th July for Le Grand Depart and then goes from Cambridge to London on the final leg of its three days in the UK. The event then moves to France for the remaining three weeks, culminating in the final stage which finishes on the Champs Elysees.

Over the three weeks the race covers approximately 3,500 km. Twelve million people line the roads to watch it and there’s a worldwide television audience of 3.5 billion. The last time Le Tour visited England was in 2007 when it raced from London to Kent and two million people turned out to watch it over the two days.

Day 1 covers 190 km starting in Leeds, then going into north Yorkshire and finishing in Harrogate. Leeds has been christened ‘Knightsbridge of the North’, where the world’s leading fashion brands brush shoulders with acclaimed art galleries and the imposing Grand Theatre and Opera House. To compare average house prices between Leeds and London, use our new House Price Index search tool.

A series of giant artworks have been etched into hillsides along the route of the Tour de France in Yorkshire. Twelve pieces have been created as part of the Fields of Vision project to feature on Day Two of the Grand Depart from York to Sheffield. The artworks, created in fields between Blubberhouses and Holmfirth, include a massive image of a dancer, which was marked out by cyclists repeatedly riding over a pattern on the ground. Holmfirth was the home of the world’s longest running TV comedy Last of the Summer Wine. We know that Compo, Cleggy and Foggy have now left Holmfirth, but you can find out who owns land and property in Holmfirth, or any other area of England and Wales by using our Find a Property service.

After leaving ‘God’s Own County’ the race moves south with Day 3 covering 155km from Cambridge to London, finishing on the Mall. The riders pass through Chelmsford where over 50% of the city lies within a high risk flood zone. If you want to find out whether a piece of land is at risk of flooding, use our online service to buy a Flood Risk Indicator Report.

With the recent success of British riders, notably Chris Froome in 2013 and Bradley Wiggins becoming the first Briton to win Le Tour in 2012 shortly followed by a gold medal time trial performance in London, the popularity of cycling has never been higher. So whether you’ll be one of the twelve million standing at the roadside to watch the peleton go past, or one of the 3.5 billion watching it on TV let’s give all 198 riders a big cheer.

Simon Higgins
By Simon Higgins,
Senior Marketing Manager at HM Land Registry