The world's greatest bike race has arrived in Yorkshire , and teams are gearing up for the Grand Depart in Leeds on Saturday.

All eyes will be on Yorkshire this weekend as the cyclists race from Leeds to Harrogate , and York to Sheffield , with the teams due to whizz through Huddersfield on Sunday .

Spectators will line Le Tour routes this weekend for a glimpse of the iconic event.

 

And before the 101st Tour de France begins, here's some facts about the Grand Depart in Yorkshire:

  • The Tour has visited Britain three times before - in 1974, 1994 and 2007.

  • The two Yorkshire stages cover 391.5km (243 miles) - 190.5km (118miles) on day one and 201km (125 miles) on day two.

  • The riders will complete stage one in about four hours-and-a-half hour and stage two in about five hours.

  • A total of 198 riders will take part in the race in 22 teams of nine.

  • Estimates are that up to three million people could watch the race as it passes through Yorkshire.               

  • 300 miles of public roads are being closed for the event.      

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

  • The organisers are using 100km of barriers, more than 40,000 traffic cones; 5,400 road signs; 12,000 sandbags; 2,750 portable toilets and 70 kilometres of event bunting.               

  • 8,000 stewards will police the route helped by 10,000 Tour Makers, modelled on the London 2012 Games Makers, and more than 1,200 medical personnel. 

  • Reeth - a village in Swaledale which is on the stage one route - will be the most northerly point the Tour has ever visited.              

  • A short stretch of Jenkin Road - a suburban street in Sheffield - is the steepest hill on the whole Tour at 30%.               

  • The highest point on stage one is the Buttertubs Pass - or the Cote de Buttertubs - at 532m (1,745ft). The highest point on stage two is Holme Moss summit at 521m (1,709ft).         

Buttertubs Pass and the view over the Dales landscape
Buttertubs Pass and the view over the Dales landscape
 
  • The Tour de France is 3,664km (2,276 miles) long this year. It finishes on the Champs-Elysees, in Paris, on July 27.               

  • Although the first two stages are being celebrated as Yorkshire's Grand Depart, a 1km stretch of stage two passes into the traditional county of Lancashire as it crosses the border into Rochdale. The route also crosses into Derbyshire for a short distance near the Woodhead Pass.               

  • The Grand Depart is being followed by 2,000 accredited journalists from 600 media organisations.               

  • The Tour is broadcast in 188 countries and has an estimated worldwide TV audience of 3.5 billion.               

  • 1,200 hotel rooms are booked every night of the race for the riders, their teams and the Tour entourage.               

  • Brian Robinson - the first Briton to win a Tour stage in 1958 - lives a short distance from the stage two route near Huddersfield.

Former cycle road racer and Tour de France veteran Brian Robinson (83) of Mirfield.
Former cycle road racer and Tour de France veteran Brian Robinson (83) of Mirfield.

Tour de France Yorkshire 2014: EVERYTHING you need to know

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

Check out Le Tour route though our area in pictures here

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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