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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.

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RPK [75 posts] 1 year ago
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"Jenkin Road in Sheffield" or "Jenkins Lane in Sheffield"......  7

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Simon E [2542 posts] 1 year ago
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On Saturday I would go to Hawes and wander up to Buttertubs - lots of room on the hillsides - then back to a pub in Hawes. A friend of mine lives there and he knows his beer  1 The Spar in the town will be open from 4am, and there will be street parties and music on both days.

But I will be stopping in front of the telly in Shrewsbury, drinking a special TdF coffee blend produced by Taylors of Harrogate for the event. The advert in CW last week uses a bicycle motif with coffee mug stains.

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arrieredupeleton [574 posts] 1 year ago
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Lots of room on the hillsides for which most farmers are charging a fiver for the pleasure of standing in. How they will manage to control that with the number of people expected I have no idea. Certainly on Buttertubs, there are signs all over.

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kie7077 [833 posts] 1 year ago
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0:15  24 yes, a little bit stricter here, like, f*** off you're not parking your caravan anywhere that's not a camping site.

02:15 Nice to get some perspective on the hill there, often you just can't tell watching TDF because there's nothing much to measure the steepness against.

During the race the commentators should call out the riders speeds a lot more often along with the gradients. I'll be looking forwards to seeing how bad my times through Epping look in comparison... They will be uploading to Strava right?

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kie7077 [833 posts] 1 year ago
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They neglected to do the London stage  2

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chrisb87 [70 posts] 1 year ago
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London isn't in yorkshire

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cjk99 [62 posts] 1 year ago
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holme moss isnt all its cracked up to be, i certainly wont be up there  3 44

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Some Fella [890 posts] 1 year ago
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From the website
"The roads remain open for walkers but cyclists will have to dismount and walk."

Are they seriously expecting cyclists to push their bikes once they get past the road closures?
Good luck with that!  40

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J90 [288 posts] 1 year ago
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Obviously going to Holme Moss.