Tour de France to visit Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Epping Forest in 2014

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The Tour de France will pass through Epping Forest, Redbridge and Waltham Forest in 2014, it has been revealed.

The bicycle race, which is mainly routed through France but does occasionally 'visit' other countries during its early stages, will speed through the region on July 7.

The third stage will begin in Cambridge before travelling through Epping Forest and then on to Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

The news has been revealed by Waltham Forest Council.

Details of the route in Epping Forest and Redbridge have not been revealed, but it is thought the riders will go through Woodford Green.

Waltham Forest Council has confirmed the riders will enter its borough via Woodford New Road on the Woodford and Walthamstow border.

The race will then pass Whipps Cross roundabout and go on to Lea Bridge Road.

The route will then travel by Leyton Orient Football Club's ground before heading into the Olympic Park.

It will then travel on to Newham, Tower Hamlets, the City of London and Westminster.

Last year it was announced that Yorkshire would host the first stage of the competition on July 5 2014.

Waltham Forest Council leader, Cllr Chris Robbins, said: “This is fantastic news for Waltham Forest, following on from the inspirational performances at last year’s Olympics in the velodrome cycling is becoming more and more popular.

“I am sure that our residents will once again line the streets to welcome this great sporting event and cheer on their heroes.

"We’ll be using it to encourage more residents to get on their bikes and use cycling to become fitter and healthier.”

In a joint statement, Councillor Keith Prince, Leader of Redbridge Council, and Councillor Ian Bond, Deputy Leader of the Council, also welcomed the news.

They said: "Redbridge Council is delighted to be playing a part in one of the most famous and prestigious sporting events in the world.

"The Tour de France is an incredible test of skill, strength and endurance, and following Sir Bradley Wiggins success last year and the achievement of our Olympic and Paralympic Cyclists we believe this is an fantastic time to be involved with cycling on such a grand scale.

"We look forward to working with the Mayor of London and our partner organisations to make the event another truly memorable chapter in British sporting history."

Last year saw British success in the competition for the first time when Bradley Wiggins won.

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1:24pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Techno3 says...

Isn't the Tour de France a bit of a circus infested with drug cheats? Do we really want these people pretending they are role models for our local children, who are only going to be disappointed later on when they are revealed as fakers?
Isn't the Tour de France a bit of a circus infested with drug cheats? Do we really want these people pretending they are role models for our local children, who are only going to be disappointed later on when they are revealed as fakers? Techno3
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1:28pm Wed 16 Jan 13

cynicalsue says...

Techno3 wrote:
Isn't the Tour de France a bit of a circus infested with drug cheats? Do we really want these people pretending they are role models for our local children, who are only going to be disappointed later on when they are revealed as fakers?
Whilst not a fan of cycling, one would hope that the drug issue is a thing of the past now. Like I said 'hope'.
[quote][p][bold]Techno3[/bold] wrote: Isn't the Tour de France a bit of a circus infested with drug cheats? Do we really want these people pretending they are role models for our local children, who are only going to be disappointed later on when they are revealed as fakers?[/p][/quote]Whilst not a fan of cycling, one would hope that the drug issue is a thing of the past now. Like I said 'hope'. cynicalsue
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3:59pm Wed 16 Jan 13

bakers arms says...

Amazing news, absolutely brilliant.
Amazing news, absolutely brilliant. bakers arms
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4:39pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Wizza_b says...

Techno3 wrote:
Isn't the Tour de France a bit of a circus infested with drug cheats? Do we really want these people pretending they are role models for our local children, who are only going to be disappointed later on when they are revealed as fakers?
At least it will inspire them into doing more sport. Not all professional cyclists are drug cheats. You have just slapped your paint brush across all cyclist which is ridiculous.
[quote][p][bold]Techno3[/bold] wrote: Isn't the Tour de France a bit of a circus infested with drug cheats? Do we really want these people pretending they are role models for our local children, who are only going to be disappointed later on when they are revealed as fakers?[/p][/quote]At least it will inspire them into doing more sport. Not all professional cyclists are drug cheats. You have just slapped your paint brush across all cyclist which is ridiculous. Wizza_b
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7:09pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Techno3 says...

Wizza_b wrote:
Techno3 wrote:
Isn't the Tour de France a bit of a circus infested with drug cheats? Do we really want these people pretending they are role models for our local children, who are only going to be disappointed later on when they are revealed as fakers?
At least it will inspire them into doing more sport. Not all professional cyclists are drug cheats. You have just slapped your paint brush across all cyclist which is ridiculous.
No, not all cyclists. Just the large number of participants in the Tour de France who take drugs.
[quote][p][bold]Wizza_b[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Techno3[/bold] wrote: Isn't the Tour de France a bit of a circus infested with drug cheats? Do we really want these people pretending they are role models for our local children, who are only going to be disappointed later on when they are revealed as fakers?[/p][/quote]At least it will inspire them into doing more sport. Not all professional cyclists are drug cheats. You have just slapped your paint brush across all cyclist which is ridiculous.[/p][/quote]No, not all cyclists. Just the large number of participants in the Tour de France who take drugs. Techno3
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7:53pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Ferdy54 says...

They'll love all the speed humps!!

I bet they won't stop at red traffic lights!!!?
They'll love all the speed humps!! I bet they won't stop at red traffic lights!!!? Ferdy54
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7:59pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

Lets hope they get their valuable cycles 'stamped' as they enter Waltham Forest by the PCSO's if they are still employed.
Lets hope they get their valuable cycles 'stamped' as they enter Waltham Forest by the PCSO's if they are still employed. Cornbeefur
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8:04pm Wed 16 Jan 13

SXH says...

I hope they don't decide to bring back CPZ again.
I hope they don't decide to bring back CPZ again. SXH
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9:29am Thu 17 Jan 13

chignault says...

Ferdy54 wrote:
They'll love all the speed humps!!

I bet they won't stop at red traffic lights!!!?
Do cyclists know what red traffic lights are?
[quote][p][bold]Ferdy54[/bold] wrote: They'll love all the speed humps!! I bet they won't stop at red traffic lights!!!?[/p][/quote]Do cyclists know what red traffic lights are? chignault
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11:37am Thu 17 Jan 13

Wizza_b says...

chignault wrote:
Ferdy54 wrote: They'll love all the speed humps!! I bet they won't stop at red traffic lights!!!?
Do cyclists know what red traffic lights are?
Good and bad in all. I`m a cyclist and I stop at red lights, always. And I don`t take drugs :-)
[quote][p][bold]chignault[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ferdy54[/bold] wrote: They'll love all the speed humps!! I bet they won't stop at red traffic lights!!!?[/p][/quote]Do cyclists know what red traffic lights are?[/p][/quote]Good and bad in all. I`m a cyclist and I stop at red lights, always. And I don`t take drugs :-) Wizza_b
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10:26pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

bakers arms wrote:
Amazing news, absolutely brilliant.
Why? Never seen a bike before?
[quote][p][bold]bakers arms[/bold] wrote: Amazing news, absolutely brilliant.[/p][/quote]Why? Never seen a bike before? Cornbeefur
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11:47am Fri 18 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
bakers arms wrote:
Amazing news, absolutely brilliant.
Why? Never seen a bike before?
Not many around the Bakers as most get nicked.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bakers arms[/bold] wrote: Amazing news, absolutely brilliant.[/p][/quote]Why? Never seen a bike before?[/p][/quote]Not many around the Bakers as most get nicked. Cornbeefur
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8:00pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Tom Thumb says...

This is all a gimmick. The roads will be closed off and it will be safe for the TDF cyclists. But every other day no normal person would want to cycle round the Whipps Cross roundabout or down Lea Bridge Road. No local cyclists will benefit in any way from this event.
This is all a gimmick. The roads will be closed off and it will be safe for the TDF cyclists. But every other day no normal person would want to cycle round the Whipps Cross roundabout or down Lea Bridge Road. No local cyclists will benefit in any way from this event. Tom Thumb
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8:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Tom Thumb says...

chignault wrote:
Ferdy54 wrote:
They'll love all the speed humps!!

I bet they won't stop at red traffic lights!!!?
Do cyclists know what red traffic lights are?
Red lights are to control the safe passage of motor vehicles. It is very often safe for a cyclist to go through a red light, particularly when turning left.
The number of drivers who jump red lights far exceeds cyclists.
Also don't expect cyclists to obey the law when the police have no interest at all in enforcing those that protect cyclists, such as the cycling boxes at junctions. How many drivers were prosecuted for illegally driving into these boxes in Waltham Forest during the past decade? Answer: none.
Cyclists can do without lectures on good behaviour from motorists, who kill and injure on a phenomenal scale.
Now I suppose I've opened the floodgates for all the ill-informed and ignorant who'll be droning on about road tax, helmets, and number plates for cyclists. LOL.
[quote][p][bold]chignault[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ferdy54[/bold] wrote: They'll love all the speed humps!! I bet they won't stop at red traffic lights!!!?[/p][/quote]Do cyclists know what red traffic lights are?[/p][/quote]Red lights are to control the safe passage of motor vehicles. It is very often safe for a cyclist to go through a red light, particularly when turning left. The number of drivers who jump red lights far exceeds cyclists. Also don't expect cyclists to obey the law when the police have no interest at all in enforcing those that protect cyclists, such as the cycling boxes at junctions. How many drivers were prosecuted for illegally driving into these boxes in Waltham Forest during the past decade? Answer: none. Cyclists can do without lectures on good behaviour from motorists, who kill and injure on a phenomenal scale. Now I suppose I've opened the floodgates for all the ill-informed and ignorant who'll be droning on about road tax, helmets, and number plates for cyclists. LOL. Tom Thumb
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