In July hundreds of thousands of cycling enthusiasts are expected to come to Utrecht to experience the start of the Tour de France 2015. Are you one of them? Then you might want to allow some extra time to cycle the route yourself, or enjoy the many cycling possibilities that Utrecht and the region, have to offer. Here's all the information you need.
Last summer Utrecht was already gearing up for the Tour de France 2015. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com
Tour de France 2015
On 4 July the Tour de France will start in Utrecht. It's the sixth time Holland hosts the Grand Départ. Stage 1 is an individual time trial through the streets of Utrecht. Stage 2 starts in Utrecht and finishes at Neeltje Jans in Zeeland. After this the Tour continues in Belgium and France.
If you want to cycle the route yourself, you can do so before or after the Tour de France. Obviously, on the days of the race itself roads will be closed for regular traffic. Below you'll find a map of both stages and GPX files you can download. Of course, you don't need to cycle 60 km/h - there is plenty of accommodation along the route!
Cycling in and around Utrecht
Utrecht is famous for its Dom tower and its cafes and restaurants along the Oudegracht (Old Canal). The historic city centre and varied countryside make Utrecht a great starting point for bike trips. On our Utrecht pages you'll find all the information you need, such as bike rental companies, bike-friendly accommodation and guided tours. There is also an overview of day trips in and around Utrecht.
During the Tour de France accommodation in Utrecht itself will be fully booked and expensive, so you might want to consider finding a place to stay outside the city and cycle into Utrecht. We hope you have a lovely time and enjoy your visit to Utrecht this summer!
Tour de France Utrecht - Stage 1(Saturday, 4 July 2015)
|Start:||Overste Den Oudenlaan|
|GPS:||Download the route of Stage 1 as a GPX file.|
Tour de France Utrecht - Stage 2(Sunday, 5 July 2015)
|Finish:||Neeltje Jan, Zeeland|
|GPS:||Download the cycle route that follows Stage 2 as a GPX file.|