The world’s greatest bicycling race the Tour de France is coming to London and Kent next weekend, the 6th to the 8th of July. There are two websites which tell you all about it – the Tour in London site, which focuses on next weekend’s events, and the official main Tour de France site. In summary this is what is happening:
Friday 6th of July
The opening ceremony at 6pm. I’m not sure how interesting this will be to non-cycling fans as I haven’t been to one. I’m hoping to be there as I happen to be in London anyway that day.
Saturday 7th of July
The prologue time trial. This is where the riders go one by one at one minute intervals around the streets of London. The route is about 8km and will taken them about 9 minutes. The ‘caravane’ starts at 1 (these are the eccentric promotional vehicles that precede the race and give out freebees), whilst the first rider goes at 3pm and the last at just after 6. We’re planning to be there.
Sunday 8th of July
Stage 1, from London to Canterbury via various places. It starts at about 10.25am with the caravane before that from 8.40. The race reaches Canterbury sometime around 3.30pm. Again, we are hoping to watch the race at some point along the route, but we aren’t quite sure where. There are special train timetables which we are poring over. In theory it should be possible to see the race twice, once in London and once in Kent, but that might be a bit ambitious.
Anyone else planning to watch it? We might see you there, depending upon your chosen vantage point.