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Countdown to le Tour in High Peak

Cycol Rendezvous Tour guest riders on Buttertubs Pass during a preview of the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France from Skipton, which took in Kidstones and Buttertubs Passes.

Cycol Rendezvous Tour guest riders on Buttertubs Pass during a preview of the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France from Skipton, which took in Kidstones and Buttertubs Passes.

Up to 40,000 spectators are expected to line the Tour de France route in High Peak on Sunday hoping to catch a glimpse of cyclists taking part in the world famous race.

Starting in York, stage two of the Grand Départ descends into the borough on the A6024, turning left at the Woodhead Reservoir in Longdendale, before crossing the Peaks on the A628 Woodhead Pass to the finishing line in Sheffield.

Vantage points are expected to be particularly popular because the six-mile Derbyshire stretch includes Holme Moss, which at 1,719-feet, is billed as one of the most challenging of the nine King of the Mountains climbs of the day.

The 150-strong vehicle advance convoy, known as the caravan, is expected to enter Holme at 1pm with the main pack of cyclists, the peloton, following at 2.45pm, and then Woodhead at 1.15pm and 3pm respectively.

Glossopdale is expected to be extremely busy and a one-way system will be imposed around Glossop until 2pm to try and keep traffic disruption to a minimum.

Temporary road closures include New Road, Bank Lane, West Drive and West Street in Tintwistle, which will be closed at midnight on Sunday, the A57, which will be closed at Woolley Bridge from 2am to 8am on Sunday, and the B6105 Woodhead Road, which will be closed from 6pm on Friday.

Access during road closures will be for residents, businesses, buses, emergency vehicles and official event traffic only. Residents will need to display their Allez Glossop/Hadfield newsletter on their dashboard. There will be no access, including for residents, to High Street East, Norfolk Street and Victoria Street from the A57 High Street West, Glossop, from 2am until late evening.

A shuttle bus will be in service to transport spectators to the campsite and outdoor centre in Crowden near to the race route from three pick up points, Manchester Road and West Drive in Tintwistle from 7am to 12.30pm, Glossopdale Community College’s cricket ground, on Newshaw Lane and Waterside, Woolley Bridge Road in Hadfield from 9.30am to 2pm, and Hadfield station car park from 10.15am to 12.15pm. After the race, all buses will run from Crowden, dropping off at the same pick up points from around 3.45pm until approximately 6.45pm.

Spectators are advised to plan ahead, give themselves plenty of time, and to walk or cycle where possible as car parking will be limited.

Visitors can also watch all the action live at the big screen event in Manor Park, on Manor Park Road, in Glossop. While Tintwistle Cricket Club, on Speedwell, will be hosting a cafe stop overnight from 3pm on Saturday to 10am on Sunday, featuring refreshments, a barbecue and toilets.

 

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