With the Tour de France for this year coming closer every day, organizers have already started planning for Tour de France 2014. There are going to be some major changes to be done in the tracks of the Tour de France routes.
Next year, the Tour de France will be held in and in the outskirts of Yorkshire and the track changes have been suggested by organizers. News reveals that 21 new wider cycle lanes will be added within the city. The east road route will be completely redesigned as well. A 2 in 1 gradient will also be added in this region which is going to help riders do a hill climb up more easily.
The Cambridgeshire County Council has told the Tour de France organizers that during the race, the traffic lights cannot be switched off because of safety matters in the city. Also the cyclists would have to stop if they face a red light at some point of the race.
The route will cover Hills Road, Mill Road, Gonville Place and Milton Road as well. New lanes have to be set up here as well. The gradient plan in east road would need imported soil to be put in the tracks which will cost around 8 million pounds. Parker’s Piece in Gonville place will also need tar surface.
The East Road city officials are not happy with these changes. People’s representative of east road, Cllr Neil Wardy-Biggs said that they just finished resurfacing the roads in the area and they like the idea of holding cycling tournaments in the city but so many changes in such less time intervals disrupts the traffic and life of people in the town.
The red light situation also is a major hindrance in the so called plan for a smooth Tour de France tournament 2014.