As you are probably aware, on 7th July, the 3rd Stage of the Tour de France will set off from Cambridge. The riders have to race 155km to the The Mall near Buckingham Place in London.
The convoy will leave at 10am, and the riders are due to set off from Gonville Place, by Parker’s Piece at 12.15. The cyclists will turn right onto Regent Street, and they will then pass Emmanuel College, Christ’s College and Sidney Sussex. The route will then take a left at the Round Church, passing St John’s and Trinity Colleges, before continuing down King’s Parade onto Trumpington Road.
On leaving Cambridge, they will cycle to Saffron Walden, then will pass through Finchingfield, Braintree, Chelmsford and Epping before reaching London. Click here for a map of the route.
The start of the race in Cambridge is the départ fictif. This means that the cyclists will ride slowly, in a procession. The race actually begins (the départ réel), 500m before Trumpington, at around 12.25.
If you are planning to go watch the race in town, you could head to Parker’s Piece, to watch the cyclists prepare. Parker’s Piece has been designated a ‘Spectator Hub’, and there will be a big screen to watch the race on there. Or, as the race passes through the centre of town, an exciting vantage point could be the Round Church on Bridge Street, although this might involve an early start to make sure that you secure a good spot!
There are a number of useful online guides which set out the exact route, and suggest places to watch the race from. An obvious source of information is the Tour de France website itself. The online cycling magazine hedgehogcycling.co.uk also has a useful guide here.
We hope that you are able to make it down to catch a glimpse of the riders and soak in the atmosphere!