WHERE TO WATCH THE RACE?

Buttertubs

The Tour Report team have come up with 10 of their favourite locations on the route of the Tour de France.

If you want to see the riders tackling Yorkshire's rolling hills, or fancy making the most of the entertainment being put on before and after the race, then here are some suggestions that may help you out.

You may have your own favourites - e-mail tourreport@strayfm.com and we will give them a mention.

Skipton High Street - The Tour route wasn't originally supposed to be going on the High Street, but it is now! After the way the town welcomed the masses for the Olympic Torch Relay, you know you're in for a treat with loads going on over the weekend.

Buckden - We’ve chosen this Dales village for the great views and access to Kidstones Pass - the first incline of Stage 1. If you’re lucky enough to find a spot, watch riders defy gravity and whizz up the climb faster than you could ever dream.

Harewood House, Festival of Cycling - After the procession out of the centre of Leeds, Harewood is the place where the racing starts for real on Stage 1. There'll be music, film, art and theatre, plus when the race is over you can check out their huge outdoor cinema - all powered by people pedalling on bikes.

Haworth - If you're a hardcore cycling fan - and a fan of the annual Paris-Roubaix classic - then the cobbled streets of Haworth may be the place to go. Some really steep bits and probably plenty of drama too.

Ilkley - How about an unconventional but surely unique view of the race from Ilkley Moor? You'll get a great sense of how fast the race is travelling as it approaches along the A65. With Ilkley being early on in the stage, you can then make your way leisurely down into town and watch the rest of the stage on a big screen at the spectator hub in Riverside Gardens.

Kilnsey, Velofest - If you want real family festival atmosphere that includes cycling, music and good local food, then Velofest at Kilnsey is the place to be. It's right on the route in one of the most picturesque areas of the Dales, with Kilnsey Crag overlooking the festival grounds. They even have Toploader performing!

Addingham - Now, Addingham is so good it gets the Tour twice! It will pass through on both days, as the two stages cross over. So naturally, the village is making the most of it and holding a full festival with lots going on.

Holme Moss - If you love your cycling, this is the place to be on Stage 2. Think of it as Yorkshire's version of some of the race's more iconic climbs. The atmosphere will be amazing and the crowds huge, but beware, if you don't get there early, you may struggle to get close to the action.

Masham - Masham will be hosting Le Grand Party. We reckon, with just 30k to go, there'll be a few riders here who've broken away in the Dales and been chased down by the peloton. 20,000 spectators are expected, with big screens, cold beers, live music and there are always the famous Theakson and Black Sheep breweries to visit too.

Harrogate, The Stray - The West Park Fan Park is going to be epic! We know that already - with a festival feel on The Stray all weekend and then the Stage 1 finish on the Saturday. It's the largest Fan Park outside of London for this year's Tour de France, with big screens and all bells and whistles.

...and one more, Buttertubs Pass (pictured) - The steepest point of Stage 1 (around 17% gradient) and the second of three classified climbs. Beautifully named 'le côte de Buttertubs' on the official race route, this offers an ideal opportunity to see the riders going at a pace where you might actually be able to spot a few faces. Get a great spot (we recommend just before the first cattle grid, if you're lucky) and you'll be able to see the riders approaching from down the slope. But it will be popular!