Tour de France Fan Park puts cycling in the spotlight
9 Jul 2013, 3:51 p.m.
If you’ve been suffering withdrawal symptoms after the thrills and spills of the London 2012 Olympic cycling events, we have good news: in less than 30 days professional bike racing will return to London and Surrey when 150 of the world’s top cyclists take part in the inaugural Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 4 August.
But you don’t have to wait until August to see pro bike racing in the capital; you can catch all the action from the final week of the 100th edition of the Tour de France on the big screen at the Tour de France Fan Park in Canary Wharf from Monday 19 July until Sunday 21 July.
The Tour de France Fan Park is a pop-up cycling-themed ‘village’ centred around a big screen that will show live coverage of the Tour. It’s free to enter and there will be bars, artisan and gastro food stalls and prize giveaways, plus stands showcasing regional French produce and cycling celebrity appearances. A Tour de France Expo will also give visitors a unique opportunity to trace the 100-year history of this amazing race.
The Fan Park will be open from 11:00 until 22:00 every day from Monday 15 July until Sunday 21 July – when the final day’s action will unfold on the Champs Elysees in Paris. For the first time in the Tour’s history, the final stage will finish in the evening. Here’s hoping Chris Froome of Sky Pro Cycling – who will lead the way at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic – will still be in the yellow jersey when the cyclists reach Paris.
We'll be giving away a pair of VIP tickets to the Fan Park every day from Monday 15 July until Friday 19 July here. If you miss out in the competition, you can get 20 per cent off all VIP and Wine Tasting tickets by visiting www.tourdefrancefanpark.co.uk and entering promo code PRL2013FP (just above the 'Order' button).
To find out more, visit www.tourdefrancefanpark.co.uk.