Jenkin Road in Sheffield may not have the romance of l’Alpe d’Huez or the Tourmalet, but it’s a 30 percent grade at its steepest and, more importantly, it’s just 4km from the finish of the second stage of the Tour de France. That makes it GCN’s top tip for a viewing spot as the race’s visit to Yorkshire comes to a close.
In this video Simon Richardson shows you the best spots to watch the Tour in Yorkshire and discusses how to get from one another (top tip: don’t drive).
If you’re about to hot-foot to Yorkshire, it’s essential viewing.
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.