Le Tour de France - Monday 7th July
This year the UK will be treated to the most famous cycling race in the world, and we'll be hosting the opening three stages. Famously led by a chap in a yellow jersey, hundreds of the world's best cyclists will be hurtling through the UK's countryside trying to catch him. The first stage of the tour going from Leeds, ending in Harrowgate with stage two kicking off from York down to Sheffield. As the race progresses they will be taking on the final stage from Cambridge right into the heart of London, and this is where it starts to impact you!
What do the colours mean?
Most people know the Tour de France is synominous with the fabled 'yellow jersey' but why is it so famous, and what does it mean? Well wonder no more, we've layed out the four different types of jerseys and what they mean. If you don't use these factoids to impress your friends and family at the race, remember them for your next pub quiz.
The famous Yellow Jersey, worn by the leader of the general individual time class.
The Green Jersey is worn by the leader of the points class.
The Red Polka Dot Jersey is worn by the best climber.
The White Jersey is worn by the best young rider aged 25 years old or less in the general individual time class.
As you can see from the above map the Cambridge Zipcar location that will directly affected by the race is Trumpington Street. As the route goes directly down Trumpington Street, this location will not be available on the day of the race. Most of the other locations will still be accessible, but bear in mind that many of the roads surrounding the route will be closed, so please plan your trip accordingly. You can visit the Cambridge Council website for full information on road closures in Cambridge.
Russel Street, Gresham Road and Botanic House locations are also likely to be directly affected by the race. Should these locations be unavailable you'll be informed nearer the time.
Thousands of Cambridge folk will be swarming to the streets to get a glimpse of the Tour de France. If you want to experience a buzzing festival atmosphere and don't fancy London then this is a great alternative. Whether you're a cycling fan or not it will certainly be a day to remember.
As the race approaches London there will be a few locations affected by the race. As there are so many Zipcar locations near to the route it's impractical to display it like we've done above with Cambridge. We can, however, tell you that the route will be going through Woodford Green, Chingford, Walthamstow and Snaresbrook before approaching Central London via Leyton, Stratford, West Ham, Plaistow, Silvertown, Leamouth, Poplar, Wapping and Shadwell. If you live or reserve vehicles in or near these areas make sure you check out the route here. Alternatively Essex Council have published this map online:
The Mall in London is quickly becoming the focal point for most London cycling events. Throughout the games this strip of iconic London witnessed fantastic drama and nail-biting finishes. The Tour de France expects to carry this tradition on with typical French class. There will be thousands of fans descending on London on 7th July, so if you want to marvel at the sight of the fastest humans on two wheels, competing for the biggest prize in cycling, get yourself down there early!
This race is going to cause lots of disruption and congestion throughout the route. Most streets on and near the route will be open in the early morning of Monday 7th July until 10:00 when they will be closed. All roads will open again as quickly as possible after the events have finished after 18:00.
Vehicles will not be able to cross the route while the road closures are in place, though local access will be maintained for as long as possible. For full details on the expected impact of the race, visit the TFL website for more advice.
When making a reservation on Monday 7th of July, make sure to use the map functionalitly when browsing for vehicles. You'll then be able to compare the route with the Zipcar map to see which locations aren't suitable. If you're not sure how to do this, check out these how to guides.