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York Racecourse Announces Plans For Day 2 Of Tour de France


1:33pm 23rd October 2013

York Racecourse has announced outline plans for when it hosts the start of Day Two of Le Grand Départ of the Tour de France when it comes to York on Sunday 6 July 2014.

The key date is Monday 2 December 2013, when the free tickets for the event will be available online at www.yorkracecourse.co.uk

Working in close conjunction with ASO, (the organisers of the Tour) as well as City of York Council and Welcome to Yorkshire, visitors will be able to use the racecourse stands to watch both the spectacle of the pre race caravan and then the cyclists themselves as they set off for the second stage. The leading riders will be presented to the crowds before they head into the City of York and then commence the competitive racing.

Giant screens and the hundreds of televisions around the site will allow visitors to follow all the action from the Tour itself as it heads towards the daily finish in Sheffield; as well as letting them enjoy the wider sporting action from the Men’s Final at Wimbledon and the British Formula One Grand Prix.

As a celebration of sport, many local clubs will be offering taster sessions and displays throughout the day as part of a carnival atmosphere complete with other family focused entertainment.

Given the scale and nature of this event then there will be road closures in the city centre so there will be an official car park at the racecourse at £10 for the day, given the likely popularity of the Tour it is advised to book parking in advance.

So that event organisers can best plan for the day in terms of customer service and visitor safety, both at the racecourse and across the city, then a ticket will be required to gain entry to the racecourse. These will be free of charge with common sense restrictions on the number that can be purchased by any single household.

Tony Lee, the senior racecourse manager who is working closest with ASO said, “We understand the ability of sport to thrill so it is a real thrill that such a famous event is coming to York.  In our history we have hosted the Queen, the Pope, Royal Ascot, the St Leger, the Olympic Torch and now Le Tour is coming, it is fabulous news.”

The responsibility for the Tour lies with the organisers, ASO, and they will continue the detailed work with the venues and the various Councils to provide the other information that spectator and visitors will need, most notably more detailed timings.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, City of York Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “York Racecourse has successfully hosted many large scale events in the past including the prestigious Royal Ascot and last year’s Olympic Torch relay. It is therefore fitting that they will be hosting the start village of stage 2 of the Grand Depart where Tour de France riders and the worlds media will be preparing for an action packed day of cycle racing right here in York.” 

Tony Lee concluded “We know that a season at York Races generates £58 million for the local economy so can understand how an event like the Tour could well generate double that amount for the region over the weekend alone. All the team at York Racecourse look forward to working with ASO, Welcome to Yorkshire, City of York Council and the many other agencies to deliver a memorable weekend. Fans of the Tour are recommended to follow letouryorkshire.com for the latest updates.

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