On Sunday Le Tour de France will whizz through Huddersfield, with thousands of excited spectators lining the route through our town.

Cycling fans are sure to be up early to secure their spot at the roadside, with spectator hubs also available for a stellar view of Le Tour competitiors.

Click below for Le Tour route in pictures

 

Wondering where to watch the Tour de France on Sunday? Here's five top viewing spots for you to choose from:

  1. St George's Square, Huddersfield
    St George's Square, Huddersfield
    St George's Square, Huddersfield

    St George's Square will host one of two 10,000 capacity spectator hubs, complete with big screens so spectators don't miss a second of the action.
    The race is due to pass by the square, which will host live entertainment on Saturday and and mini film-festival on Sunday evening after the race has passed through. A screening of classic musical Grease at 7pm is sure to have the whole square singing and dancing!
    St George's Square also has excellent transport links - as it is located in front of the train station - and spectators will have the added advantage of town centre shops, restaurants and other facilities in walking distance.
    The square welcomed a taste of Le Tour this week with a French farmyard, complete with farm animals and crops - click here for a video tour.

    Tour de France Yorkshire 2014: What's on in the Huddersfield and Holmfirth spectator hubs?
     
  2. Sands Recreation Ground, Holmfirth
    The second spectator hub can be found at Sands Recreation Ground, in Holmfirth, complimenting the town's food and drink festival.
    The viewing and leisure facilities at the Holmfirth hub will be spread across streets and fields and will include a big screen, disabled access, a food and drink market and public toilets.
    Spectators in the market town will also get to see a second, more unusual race take place - the annual Holmfirth Duck Race!
    The wacky event - this year embracing a Tour de France theme - sees 10,000 yellow plastic ducks tipped into the river.
    Huddersfield Pendragons Duck Race - Holmfirth Picture by Malcolm Howarth
  3. Holme Moss
    Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Holme Moss is bound to be a popular spot for spectators on Sunday.
    Rob Lucas climbs to Holme Moss.
    Rob Lucas climbs to Holme Moss.

    The road, one of the highest roads in the area at 524m,  will be the second highest point visited by Le Tour while it is in England.
    Tour officials believe up to 60,000 people could descend on the famous landmark, lining the route from Holmbridge to the 1,719-foot summit, and the long sweep down to the Woodhead pass.
    There will be a 17,000 space car park in Harden Moss - but anyone who wants to see the race from Holme Moss should prepare themselves for a long walk!
  4. Cragg Vale
    Spectators can also venture into Calderdale for a scenic viewing spot - the arduous hill climb Cragg Vale.
    The climb is 968 feet over 5.5 miles - the longest continuous incline in England - and is not for the faint hearted!
    Cragg Vale, Calderdale
    Cragg Vale, Calderdale

    Visit Calderdale has published a guide with several country walks to locations along Le Tour route, including Cragg Vale, and there will also be a park-and-ride service in Halifax for up to 5,000 vehicles.
  5. Ainley Top
    Ainley Top will offer the first glimpse of the cyclists coming into Huddersfield from Calderdale.
    The recently-refurbished roundabout is the gateway for Le Tour entering Huddersfield - and you could be there to welcome them in!
    Ainley Top roundabout
    Ainley Top roundabout

    From Ainley Top the race will go down Halifax Road into Huddersfield, around Castlegate, down Chapel Hill and out on Woodhead Road through Honley and Holmfirth to Holme Moss.
     

Find out what time Le Tour is in Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Calderdale and Leeds

Check out Le Tour route though our area in pictures here

Click here to see which Huddersfield Roads are closed for Le Tour and what parking restrictions are in place

There's more to the Tour de France Grand Depart than cycling - see all the supporting events in Kirklees here

Ready for the Grand Depart? Test your Tour de France knowledge with our cycling jargon quiz and Le Tour locations quiz

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