The Tour de France always has been considered as one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world of professional cycling. With cyclists preparing to take part in this year’s Tour de France tournament, the route for the 2014 Tour de France has already been released. In the 2004 route for Tour de France, the paths will take the cyclists all over Yorkshire and its premises. Going through the town of Harrogate, where cyclist mark Cavendish’s mom lives, the route will turn by the lush fields of Yorkshire Dales, around the mall of London, through the epic Olympic park in Stanford.
The current champion Bradley Wiggins reportedly said that this route is yet again a perfect path for such an eventful tournament. Last year, the tournament brought in a lot of crowds and the future Tour de France tournaments is expected to pull in people too, if not more.
The legacy of the Tour de France 2014 is said to benefit Yorkshire’s national parks as well. North Yorkshire County Council is reportedly set to have a meeting with the government to cash in for funding the cycling tournaments in national parks in that region. With Yorkshire dale already on the 2014 Tour de France map, things look promising for the future.
The officials of North York Moors National Park Authority also seemed interested in this new venture and earlier regards of not allowing cycling tournaments in the North York Moors might be re-considered after all.
Reports say that all these decisions will be finalized by the end of April 2013 and hopefully, the seemingly unimportant national parks of Yorkshire might get a new purpose and get into the view of the public once again. It has been rumored that all these costs will come around to be 1.5 million pounds in each track approximately.
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Dani King MBE, the English Olympic champion has reported to focus solely on the gold at Minsk Cycling Track World Championship. The Team Pursuit cyclist is wholeheartedly determined to maintain her distinguished record in the competition which is scheduled to take place this week.
22-year-old King has been a winner in every competition of Team Pursuit where she had participated, the only exception was 2011 February World Cup in Manchester. 6 weeks after the Manchester World Cup, King arose as world champion in Apeldoorn & she defended that title a year after in Melbourne prior to adding her Olympic title past August. Britain has achieved 4 titles in Track World Championship till date.
In King’s own words- “Each of the Team Pursuit I have been into, except World Cup Championship in Manchester, I was into winning team. This is the very expectation that I always place on myself & I do not wish to end up with anything other that the gold this time”. The Minsk Cycling Track World Championship will have King teaming up with Laura Trott, the two time Olympic champion and a double world champion in Team Pursuit. Then there is Elinor Barker as well, who would be making her debut in senior cycling world championship this time. Barker would replace Joanna Rowsell.
King had been struggling hard post Olympic success. As per the reports, she took to training camps in before & after Christmas in Australia (Perth) which seems to have restored her fitness to vie for the rainbow jersey of the coming world championship. “It was actually good to go for training camps in Perth. We were on road, on track & in gym as well with a complete focus on getting fit”, noted King while speaking on her training sessions for the world championship at Minx.