Sheffield went a little crazy for a weekend back in July 2014.
The city was not alone – Yorkshire residents well and truly made the most of the world’s greatest cycle race coming to their back yard. Now poised to welcome The Tour de Yorkshire into our city limits on 30th April, why not relive the glory of the original Tour by retracing the historic route?
Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France race started in York and worked its way into Sheffield from the north-west. On the day millions of people lined the entire route as the peloton surged along winding country roads, up infamous Sheffield hills and through the city’s streets.
The event was an overwhelming success, for the sport, the race and the area. The idea of 'legacy' is a buzzword which is too often thrown about following sporting events, but on this occasion it seems people in Sheffield and Yorkshire have been truly inspired by the event – from its climactic build-up to those fleeting moments as the cyclists whizzed past in a multicoloured blur.
The route the riders took was a perfect snapshot of Sheffield: it took in rolling countryside, city skylines, industrial areas and, of course, the odd thigh-burning, face-straining incline.
Today, it’s quite easy to follow the route of the peloton, testing yourself against the best in the world and reliving the ride, minus the hoards of cheering fans. If you want to test yourself and find our if you're worthy of the polka dot jersey, take a look at our guide to tackling the King of the Mountain climbs.
The route comes into the Sheffield area from the north, joining the Woodhead Pass and heading east. It goes through the picturesque village of High Bradfield before passing through Oughtibridge and Wadsley Bridge then heading towards the city centre. It then follows Savile Street and Brightside Lane before taking a detour up the most notorious part of the course – the so-called Côte de Wincobank up Jenkin Road. Here, during the race, crowds stood dozens deep to watch the cyclists call on every last drop of energy to power them up the 800m hill.
From Wincobank, the route heads down hill towards Meadowhall, where there is plenty of options for refreshments or onward travel using trains and trams. Look out for the stones shaped like cycling jerseys that now mark the point the start of the Sheffield section of the race at Midhopestones, and the stage's finish line in Attercliffe, marked by a yellow jersey monument.