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06/05/2014 - Time for Tour fans to plan Le Weekend

With Le Grand D├ępart weekend on July 5 and 6 only weeks away, residents as well as visitors to the area are urged to choose a spot to view the race and think about how to get there.

Craven District Council has released a map with details of public and temporary car parks along the route :. It also shows permanent and temporary camp sites.

Find out more about the route itself and the times at which the event is expected to pass through on our website page  and on   www.letour.yorkshire.com

Car drivers must keep in mind that many roads will be closed for much of the day. North Yorkshire County Council continues to update its Grand Départ webpages on http:// www.northyorks.gov.uk k with the latest on the Tour de France road closures. There are maps and frequently asked questions for guidance.

Walking or cycling to a viewing point is an option, as the route remains accessible to pedestrians and cyclists until approximately 30 minutes before the arrival of the Tour's promotional caravan, approximately 2 hours before the race.

Traveling by public transport to the Tour de France route through Craven is likely to be difficult. Although taking the train may be an option to consider for some who want to enjoy the entertainment at Skipton Spectator Hub.

Skipton is one of the Tour's official Spectator Hubs. On July 5, visitors will be enjoying a festival atmosphere, with screens to watch the Tour at the Town Hall Car Park and at the Canal Basin. Town Hall Car Park will also feature live music, while the Canal Basin will host more family oriented activities.

"Craven is expected to be extremely busy during around the weekend of July 5 and 6. Thousands of spectators are expected to flock to Skipton alone, while many thousands more along the route and in the Yorkshire Dales. Therefore, we urge residents to be aware that it will take more than usual effort to get to their chosen destination. However, if you plan ahead, you will undoubtedly have a great day, or weekend, out. I fully expect the Tour de France in Craven to be one of those 'I was there' moments," says Sharon Hudson of Craven District Council, who coordinates the event in the district.

To add to the festive atmosphere in Skipton, Craven District Council and Skipton Town Council have hired highly respected cycling pundit Carl Lawrenson to keep Skipton spectators informed about the race. Lawrenson has been race commentator for The Tour of Britain and Tour Series for the last five years, and was the announcer at the 2013 UCI World Track Championships, the UCI World Cup events, and the Men's and Women's Road Cycling races at the 2012 Olympic Games.