The third stage of the Tour de France 2014 starts in Cambridge on Monday, 7 July, before making its way through Essex and on to the finish in London.
Some 400,000 spectators are expected to line the city streets – and Chard Robinson will be amongst them! With our offices just 100m from the start line, we're excited at the prospect of being able to see at first-hand the world's largest annual sporting event kick off its third leg in front of an estimated global TV audience of 3.5 billion.
Starting at 12.15pm on Gonville Place, adjacent to Parker's Piece, the Peloton is scheduled to then pass along Regent Street through the city centre, taking in Sidney Street, the Round Church, the colleges of St John's, Trinity and King's, before heading along Trumpington Street to the A1134, where it will continue on to Saffron Walden. Swathes of some of our region's most beautiful countryside behind them, Buckingham Palace, London will play host to the 198 riders as they reach the finish line nearly 100 miles later.
Spectators in Cambridge can enjoy a range of activities before the race begins, including a carnival procession from 10.15am, as well as a French market and a cycling village on Parker's Piece. The Cambridge Arts Picturehouse will also screen the race alongside cycling-related short films.
For anyone travelling to our offices on Monday, 7 July, we recommend that you plan your journey carefully. For more information on the event, how to get to Cambridge, parking and potential disruption to roads, visit the Cambridge City Council website.