2007 Tour de France Stage 1
November 10, 2006
Next July we will see what Cycling Plus is calling the biggest sporting event to be held in London ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.
Stage 1 is 203 km from London to Canterbury with a massed start on The Mall.
I want to find the exact route and the maps on the Tour de France London site are great at showing you the start and finish but not the main section in Kent.
The Cycling Plus description is similarly scarce of Kent detail:
Stage 1 on Sunday, July 8 will start in central London, passing close to a variety of historic and contemporary sites including Big Ben, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Gherkin and crossing Tower Bridge, close to City Hall. The race will then travel through Bermondsey, Deptford, Greenwich and Erith before travelling to Kent. In Kent, the tour will pass thorough Dartford, Medway, Tunbridge Wells and Ashford before the stage finish in Canterbury.
I tried to follow the maps and description as closely as I could on TrackLogs and only managed a 196 km route with 2,144 meters of climbing. There are seven kilometers I just can’t find. I’ll post the 1:50,000 scale maps on my Tours & Rides site and update them as I find out more about the route.