Lest you’d forgotten: the opening stages of the 2014 Tour De France took place in Yorkshire, and to all intents and purposes, the Grand Depart was an unequivocal success.
Over 2.5 million spectators took to Yorkshire’s green and pleasant pastures to witness the peloton pass, and race director, Christian Prudhomme, called the event “very, very special”.
So successful was Le Tour Yorkshire that a sequel has been planned for 2015; the Tour de Yorkshire will take place from 1-3 May and sees riders put through their paces on a gruelling 520km route through some of the county’s most beloved landscapes, towns and cities. The event is a great opportunity for businesses in the area, with 2014’s Grand Depart raising over £80 million for the local economy.
Prior to last year’s Grand Depart, we were inundated with requests for cottages near the race route, and this year is no exception – cue gleeful hand rubbing from those lucky enough to own a holiday home on or near the Tour de Yorkshire route.
If you are the owner of a Yorkshire holiday cottage and would like to find out how best to prepare your property for this year’s event, we’ve come up with a few hints and tips on how to ready your holiday cottage for the Tour de Yorkshire 2015.
Is your cottage close to the action?
The Tour de Yorkshire takes place over three days, with each race split into three 170km routes. The first leg will take place on May 1st in North Yorkshire; the second sees riders winding through the Yorkshire Wolds en route to York; and the final stage steers racers deep into the Yorkshire Dales for a strenuous finale.
A comprehensive map of the route can be found on the Tour de Yorkshire website, but here’s a list of some of the towns and villages that the contest passes.
Stage 1 – Brid to Scarborough
- Whitby & Robin Hood’s Bay
Stage 2 – Selby to York
- Stamford Bridge
Stage 3 – Wakefield to Leeds
- Hebden Bridge
Make changes to your welcome pack
Adding Tour de Yorkshire information to your welcome pack is a great idea if you have a booking over the race weekend as, chances are, those guests will be coming to watch the event; here’s a few things you may like to add to your welcome pack before the event.
- Time, date and place information: Guests will be impressed you’ve gone the extra mile to find this for them, particularly those with poor mobile reception. In-depth race details can be found here.
- List local events: On the run-up to and during the race, there’ll doubtless be a host of cycling themed events taking place, so be sure to list these in your welcome pack.
- Suggest best places to spectate: Your local knowledge could prove invaluable for those hoping for a front row seat as the riders pass. If you’re familiar with the race route, list places where your guests can get a good view of the action – think lesser known cubby holes and quiet nooks and crannies.
- Provide details of other cycle routes in the area: It may be that you already have this information in your welcome pack, but if not, now is a good time to include it. The Tour de Yorkshire is likely to attract some serious cycle-heads, so any information on cycling opportunities in the area will go down a treat.
Things to consider
Beyond customising your welcome pack, there are a few other things to consider before the tour comes to town on May 1st. Firstly, you may like to make a few changes to your property to make it more appealing to cyclists, such as providing adequate washing facilities and plenty of secure storage space – for further tips, check out our blog on how to make your cottage bike friendly.
Another thing to consider before the Tour de Yorkshire is adding deck or portable chairs to your property. Although the majority of spectators will bring their own, providing moveable chairs would be a nice touch – particularly if you’re property is close to the race route.
If you’d like any further help and advice on marketing your property for the Tour de Yorkshire, call our owner team today on 01244 356695.
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