Train firms spurn bikes for Yorkshire Tour de France

Rail users are being discouraged from taking their bikes to the Tour de France

Rail users are being discouraged from taking their bikes to the Tour de France

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Fans wanting to ride out to top vantage points in Yorkshire to watch the world’s greatest cycle race are being told to leave their bikes at home if they want to travel by train during the Tour de France Grand Depart.

With the arrival of the world’s most watched annual sporting event just over six weeks away, transports chiefs have warned that cycling fans could face losing their seats on busy trains if they bring a bike along with them during the Grand Depart weekend of July 5 and 6.

Operators such as Northern Rail and Grand Central have stated riders cannot reserve bike spaces - the former stating its trains carry only up to two bikes each - while no firms have put forward proposals to lay on additional cycle carriages.

 

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