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When the Tour de France Came to Cambridge!

The Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014 came to Cambridge, "The Cycling City", on the 7th of July 2014. Previous stages had drawn thousands of eager spectators, and Cambridge was no exception.

Lucky for us Roger French, our MD, allowed us out of the office for the afternoon to see this once in a lifetime event, and it didn't disappoint!

 

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The Tour winds its way through the narrow Cambridge streets

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Plenty of Passion from the crowd as the Brit riders were all in it at this stage... & No rain either!

 

Grand Départ Cambridge Route, Stage 3

Starting at Gonville Place by Parkers Piece the peloton travelled via Regent Street and Sidney Street, turning left at the Round Church and past St. Johns, Trinity and Kings Colleges, down Kings Parade and Trumpington Street before leaving the city on Trumpington Road. The peloton then travelled along the A1301 through the villages of Trumpington, Great Shelford and Hinxton.
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Leaving Cambridgeshire the Tour then made it's way towards Saffron Waldon and Essex, then on to London and the finish at a packed Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

 

Cambridge - The Cycle City

With a population of around 120,000 of which approximately 43,000 are students (for whom parking permits are not permitted) it is not totally surprising that cycling is the most popular form of transport. Indeed Cambridge has the highest level of cycling in the UK, at 30% of residents in employment or education travelling by cycle (according to the national cycling charity CTC.org). However it is not just due to parking permits, or the lack of them; Cambridge is a stunning city, cooperatively flat for the cyclists among us and it is quite simply easier and quicker and cheaper to get from A to B on 2 wheels. Cambridge Motorists are pleasantly considerate to the cycling community and the traffic system and set up includes many cycle parks and cycle ways with priority given to cyclists, buses and pedestrians. So whereby the traffic in many other cities may have increased to a lung breaking standstill, we are thankful that the students, families and residents of Cambridge use bikes as the cultural norm and with over 30 bike shops to choose from in the city they are well catered for.

 

And on the Design side..

When it comes to design PTC Creo is also very popular with bike manufacturers including Specialized Bicycle Components - manufacturers of high performance, technologically advanced bicycles who have used PTC Creo to successfully boost productivity by 20-30%.

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