Tickets will go on sale this Friday for what Welcome to Yorkshire is billing as the biggest team presentation in the history of the Tour de France, at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Thursday, July 3. But if you’re quick there’s a chance to get them earlier by pre-registering, which closes tonight.
The tickets, which cost £45, £55, £65 and £85, will go on sale at 9am on Friday, April 25 through the venue’s website.
But Le Tour Yorkshire says that there will be a chance to get them before that by pre-registering on its own website, as long as you do so by midnight tonight.
Anyone requiring accessible seating will have to wait until Friday, and book tickets by calling 0844 248 1585 and pressing option 2.
The £60 million venue, which opened with a Bruce Springsteen concert in July last year, has a capacity of 13,500.
Last year’s team presentation at the harbour of Porto-Vecchio on Corsica was free, as was the one in Trafalgar Square in London in 2007, the last time the race was in the UK.
However, it’s not unknown for the event to be ticketed, dictated largely by the type of venue in which it is held.
In 2011, tickets were sold for the team presentation at the Vendée region’s Puy du Fou theme park, with the crowd numbering more than 7,000.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.