A cultural festival to mark the lead up to this year's Tour de France is taking place across Yorkshire and the programme has been released.
North Yorkshire Councty Council has revealed which roads will be closed during this summer's Tour de France Grand Depart.
Almost 8,000 people have signed up to volunteer during the Yorkshire leg of the 2014 Tour de France.
Final details of the cultural festival organised to run alongside the Grand Départ have been unveiled.
Shoppers watched as the £2million Yorkshire Festival was kicked off at Trinity Leeds, as Kate Walby reports:
A citywide commission has been launched to design a unique clock which will help Leeds count down to the start of this year’s Tour de France.
Leeds City Council, in partnership with the Trinity Leeds shopping complex and the University of Leeds, is calling on the city’s creative community to submit designs for a public countdown clock to mark the days ticking down to the start of the world’s largest annual sporting event on July. 5
Working with students from the University of Leeds School of Mechanical Engineering, the winning entry will be turned into reality and placed in Trinity Leeds to be a focal point as Leeds builds towards the day of the Grand Départ.
Entries are now open, with the design brief able to be downloaded from [http://www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Tour-de-France.aspx or by request by email@example.com.
The closing date for designs is Friday February 7 at 5.30pm and a shortlist of designers will be announced the following week. The commissioned designer will work with the University of Leeds staff and students to develop the detailed technical drawings and design the mechanisms to fit the design.
The completed clock will then be unveiled in the Trinity Leeds shopping complex in Leeds city centre on Thursday 27 March, coinciding with 100 days to go to the Grand Départ and the start of the Yorkshire Festival 2014 celebrating the best of culture and the arts in the county.
In less than six months from now one of the biggest sporting events in the world comes to Yorkshire.
Today the symbol of our region's role in the Tour de France was unveiled at the Civic Hall. A warning there is some flash photography from the start of Emma Wilkinson's report.
The full route of next year's Tour De France has been revealed at a ceremony in Paris.
The hundred and ninety kilometre section of the Grand Depart will take elite cyclists on a whistle stop tour of Yorkshire and you can see the full route on our website - itv dot com slash calendar. John Shires reports from Paris
Welcome to Yorkshire's chief executive Gary Verity takes the floor in Paris as the route in our region is revealed.
The Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, John Weighell, believes one million people will descend on the county to enjoy the spectacle of the world's greatest cycle race, the Tour de France.
He says the event will bring huge benefits for the local economy.
The second stage of the 2014 Tour De France will depart from York Racecourse on July 6.
The 200km route will head north, through the city, going past the Grand Opera House before turning west along the A59 Roman Road.
After passing Knaresborough, the riders will pass north of Harrogate, onto Bolton Abbey, then turning south to Keighley, Haworth and Hebden Bridge.
Cyclists will then pass through Huddersfield and Holmfirth, then tackle the climb of Holme Moss, which has become a staple of cycle races in Yorkshire.
After passing through the Peak District National Park, the race heads south-east towards Hillsborough.
The race will finish in Sheffield, although the final finish point is yet to be revealed.
The 2014 Tour De France will depart from Millennium Square in Leeds on July 5.
The 190km route will take the world's best cyclists through the city centre to Harewood, then west, out of the city, through Otley and Ilkley, to Skipton.
The riders will then head north to Hawes, in the heart of the North Yorkshire Dales.
Once peaking at Reeth, the route goes south-east to Leyburn then Ripon, before moving south to the final sprint onto Parliament Street in Harrogate.