Tour de France - one year to go

Getting ready: Coun Richard Cooper, Caroline Bayliss of Visit Harrogate, Hotel du Vin GM Grant Lowe, Mayor of Harrogate Coun Mike Newby, President of Harrogate Chamber of Trade Sandra Doherty, Coun Trevor Chapman, Vice chair of Destination Harrogate Simon Cotton, Coun Pat Jones and Brooke Adams of Hotel du Vin gathered around a bike provided by Boneshakers Performance Cycles, Harrogate. Picture: Adrian Murray (1307023AM1)
Getting ready: Coun Richard Cooper, Caroline Bayliss of Visit Harrogate, Hotel du Vin GM Grant Lowe, Mayor of Harrogate Coun Mike Newby, President of Harrogate Chamber of Trade Sandra Doherty, Coun Trevor Chapman, Vice chair of Destination Harrogate Simon Cotton, Coun Pat Jones and Brooke Adams of Hotel du Vin gathered around a bike provided by Boneshakers Performance Cycles, Harrogate. Picture: Adrian Murray (1307023AM1)
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One year from today (July 5), an estimated two to three million people will be in the Harrogate district, awaiting the first stage of the world’s largest cycling race.

Excitement has been building since it was announced in December that the largest ever event to hit the district would land in July 2014.

The 2014 Grand Départ will take place in Leeds on July 5, as riders take to the roads, passing Harewood and Leyburn before cycling through Ripon and the first yellow jersey of the 2014 event will be won as riders finish the first stage in Harrogate.

On July 6, after starting stage two in York, riders will pass through Knaresborough before again reaching Harrogate, en route to Sheffield.

As the 2013 Tour began on Saturday, organisers told the Harrogate Advertiser series work was well under way to ensure North Yorkshire is ready.

Speaking from the 2013 Grand Départ, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity told the Advertiser: “This will be the biggest event ever to happen in the Harrogate district, and people are starting to realise that. We are in good shape.

Pick up a copy of the Harrogate Advertiser, Knaresborough Post or Nidderdale Herald for the full story