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York Spectator Hubs for Tour de France Confirmed

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12:00am 5th May 2014

With 50 days to go to until the Tour de France, City of York Council is pleased to announce further details of its four official Spectator Hubs; entertainment centres based on the fun and action surrounding the screening of the Grand Départ from York, live on Sunday 6 July 2014.

York Racecourse, Monk Stray, York Designer Outlet and Rowntree Park will all host large screens featuring the day’s sporting action and family friendly activities until early evening to celebrate the departure of the Tour de France from York.

All 20,000 tickets for York Racecourse were snapped up earlier this year so to meet this appetite for spectator hubs, three more have been confirmed. These give residents yet more options of how to soak up the atmosphere of the world’s largest single annual sporting event complete with entertainment and catering available throughout the day.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “These free Spectator Hubs will open early in the morning (from 7am at the Racecourse and 8am at other Hubs) and will offer the elite cycling action live on screens in a safe, family friendly environment. They’ll be relaying the action of the Grand Départ and the second day’s stage across the Pennines and down to Sheffield, so everyone can enjoy the added atmosphere of large screen action of this epic occasion. Each hub will be hosting some fantastic activities and give residents and visitors yet more options to experience the race!

“Besides being based at the hubs, people can line the route to the race and the full procession, they can head to York’s city centre for all the fun events and activities we’re laying on, or why not throw your own street Grand Départy to celebrate the day?”

At the southern tip of Monk Stray, people can marvel at a cycle stunt show, join in cycle decorating and enjoy popular Air Bag entertainment.There’ll be storytelling and a fairground too, plus a stage for live entertainment which will include the very popular Military Wives Choir. Throughout the day, cycle retailers will be on hand to advise on the best bikes and give your bicycle a quick service or repair – the perfect inducement to pedal to the event.

At York Designer Outlet, the entertainment marking the day will include vintage stalls and a fairground.

The family-friendly hub at Rowntree Park will also have a fairground, side shows, community and charity stalls and music, while food and alcohol-free drinks will be available all day. In the afternoon a family film will be screened for those who’d rather have a rest from the sports!

At all four Spectator Hubs, the council’s sport and active leisure experts will be looking to inspire and encourage people to sign up to and saddle up for the numerous cycling and fitness opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities in York.

Besides broadcasting the full morning’s racing of Le Tour de France at each hub, the screens will continue in the afternoon, showing Le Tour de France and other sporting events, while at Rowntree Park, a family film will be shown.

The Spectator Hubs are free and no tickets are required. Cycle parking is available at all sites. For further information about the TdF route, York: Be part of it festival and cycling in York visit www.york.gov.uk/tourdefrance. For information on camping, parking and merchandise visit www.experiencetherace.com

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