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The Tour de France is coming to Essex on the 7 July 2014.
Front cover of the Tour de France GO supplement.

Essex hosts the Tour de France 2014

As we eagerly await the public opening of the 2012 Olympic mountain biking site at Hadleigh in Spring 2015, cycling mania is set to return to our county this summer with Le Tour de France on Monday 7 July 2014. As one of only three destinations in the South, Essex is proud to host the third stage of the three-week international race. The best cyclists in the world will be pedalling through parts of Uttlesford, Braintree, Chelmsford and Epping Forest. We look forward to welcoming 200+ riders as we line the streets and join in the exciting atmosphere. Make the most of your visit by exploring some of our most picturesque villages and urban attractions en route to discover the real Essex.

The third stage of the tour, said to be the toughest sporting event in the world, enters our county north of Saffron Walden, taking in the quaint villages of Uttlesford, then on to the district of Braintree passing through Finchingfield, said to be the most photographed village in England. Riders will journey further south, passing Braintree, Chelmsford, our newest city, and Epping, home to the royal hunting forest frequented during Tudor times by Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, before finishing in London on The Mall.

For general information on Le Tour visit the Tour de France website. For Essex specific spectator information or frequently asked questions please visit the Essex County Council website.

Making Tracks in Essex

The Tour is not just a bike race. It has a carnival atmosphere, an open access ethos and a committment to widening participation and attracting world wide audiences. Active Essex invites you to be part of the ‘journey of the tour’ as we follow the route and its legacy through our beautiful county.


Download timings of route 3.

Please note all timings are approximate and should therefore be treated as a guide only.

Picture of Alex Dowsett on his bike with full professional kit from  UCI ProTeam Movistar Team.Our very own British professional road racing cyclist Alex Dowsett, hailing from Maldon, is looking forward to participating in the Tour de France. He says:

“I love cycling in Essex because there are lots of windy lanes and quiet roads. Along with being a great place to cycle, Essex is also the driest county in the UK and that is always helpful when you’re on a bike navigating a road.

The Tour de France passes through Essex en-route to London and that is really exciting, a complete “one-off”. I train on the middle section [of the stage] where it comes into Essex and goes over the top of Chelmsford. There’s not going to be a lot to gain by the fact I’ve ridden the roads but it’ll be a bit surreal to ride the biggest race in the world on the roads I ride on a day-to-day basis.

Essex is my home and I am still based here even though most World tour riders are based abroad. My training and preparation for competition is not affected by me living at home, plus all my friends and family are here.”


Tour de France - Creating the Way

Picture of Elaine Tribley's road art inspired by the Essex seaxe symbol.

The Tour de France has long been associated with communities creating ephemeral slogans/artworks along the cycling routes. Find out more what Essex artists and the community are doing to celebrate Le Tour.


Route Map - Stage 3

View the map of stage 3 of Tour de France from Cambridge to London via Essex and plan your visit.

Riders will cycle through 108km of some of Essex's most picturesque countryside and historic villages. Link to the map of the entire Stage 3 route and plan your visit to Essex to make your experience complete. 


Follow suit and explore Essex by bike

Cycling through the Essex countryside

If all this cycling talk has made you keen to ride, we have a range of cycle routes available to download. These take in local sights, attractions and suggest plenty of eateries for you to replenish along the way.


Upcoming cycle events in Essex

Cycle events in Essex.

The majority of our county is flat making Essex an ideal location for cycling. In addition to Le Tour de France, Essex is hosting a whole range of bike-related events in the upcoming weeks. Why not get involved?


Places to stay along the route

Lodge at Audley End House. One of the many places you can stay along the route.

Search for accommodation in and around Saffron Walden, Braintree, Chelmsford and Epping. If you would prefer sleeping in the great outdoors, check out Spains Hall or Golden Grove campsites.


Places to eat along the route

Eight Bells in Saffron Walden. One of the many places you can eat along the route.

Search for places to eat in and around Saffron Walden, Braintree, Chelmsford and Epping

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