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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Want to see what the view will be like from the saddle when British riders Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins cycle through Saffron Walden in this summer’s Tour de France?
This video, courtesy of Newdales bike shop and cycling club Walden Velo, shows the route the world’s top riders will take when the peloton arrives in town on Monday, July 7.
The 2014 Tour de France – the grand départ – sets off in Leeds on July 5.
The third leg of the race, the Cambridge to London leg, begins on July 7 and takes in parts of South Cambridgeshire, Uttlesford and Braintree, passing through Hinxton, Saffron Walden, Radwinter, The Sampfords, Felsted and Finchingfield.
In Saffron Walden, riders will enter the town via Windmill Hill, travel along High Street, take a left onto George Street, Hill Street and then out via Radwinter Road, passing Tesco on the way.
The Tour’s arrival also coincides with the eight-day Saffron Walden Carnival, from July 4-12.
Carnival organisers, the Saffron Walden Round Table, have teamed up with Walden Velo to host their own ‘Carnival Tour Sportive’ on July 6.
The mass-participation, sold-out event will see 1,000 people cycle the route 24 hours before the world’s top competitors.
Last month, the Reporter cycled the Saffron Walden route with Walden Velo’s Callum Riley, WaldenTRI’s George Peasgood and Uttlesford District Council cabinet member Cllr Howard Rolfe.
The district council, which organised the event, now has an interactive map showing the route throughout Uttlesford at uttlesford.gov.uk/tdfmap