THE people of Ashbourne will be among 10s of thousands wanting to get a close look at the world's most prestigious cycling race as it sweeps through the Peak District this weekend and, with days to go, a guide has been released to help people enjoy the spectacle.
Derbyshire County Council, which will be welcoming the tour to its Derbyshire stages on Sunday has issued the following advice:
Plan your travel arrangements and be prepared is the message to spectators wanting to watch the race.
Up to 40,000 spectators are expected to want to view the race from its descent at Holme Moss and along Woodhead before it heads to the finishing line in Sheffield.
Visitors are warned it will be extremely busy because the race in this area takes in a ‘King of the Mountains’ climb – a particular challenge for the cyclists.
Before the main pack of riders – known as the peloton – crosses into Derbyshire at around 3pm, there will be a 150-strong vehicle caravan procession from around 1pm.
Spectators and cyclists will be allowed to cross on to the route up to half an hour before the caravan arrives, but to secure a good spot you need to get there early.
There will be limited parking around the Glossop area and a limited shuttle bus service dropping off at Crowden. A walk of around one mile will get you to the closest roadside vantage point at Woodhead.
Walkers and cyclists can get raceside at Woodhead by picking up the Longdendale Trail in the Hadfield area – around five miles away.
Toilets, first aid and food and drink will be available on the routes leading up to the race site but spectators are urged to wear appropriate clothing and take enough food and drink.
The area is very exposed with little shelter so if it’s hot remember sunscreen and sunhats and waterproofs if it’s wet and windy."
Post event spectators are warned it could take several hours to clear the race route and car parks. Roads will be reopened as soon as possible, once it is considered safe.