Utrecht expects up to 800,000 visitors for Tour de France Grand Départ
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Utrecht expects is expecting anywhere between 600,000 to 800,000 visitors on the day of the Tour de France Grand Départ on Saturday the 4th of July.The figures are based on an estimation by the Business Peloton Utrecht; an institution that specializes in event predictions. They expect that the weather is bound to play a pivotal role in to what degree the amount of visitors may fluctuate.
Business Peloton further expects that business will start to pick up from Wednesday with most tourists arriving well on time and taking shelter in hotels. The Tour de France is a very fan-friendly sport so it’s not surprising that the hotels where the cyclists will be residing will be the busiest.
Extra trains and buses have been planned for the days heading up to the start of the race. The city hall has recommended that tourists come with public transport to avoid congestion; the city center is too small to accommodate an influx of automobiles.
For those who must come by car, a special parking lot will be created in the nearby city Amersfoort for tourists who prefer to come by car and travel to Utrecht by bicycle.
The Tour start in Utrecht will span some 14 kilometers with top cyclists winding their way through the city center before exiting towards the province of Zeeland. See the map below for complete routes:
To see the route the cyclists will be taking through the city, click here.