Cycling Champion Mark Cavendish gets lost on route of Grand Depart

York Press: Tour star: Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the final stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race last year. Tour star: Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the final stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race last year.

ONE of cycling's best known stars got lost in the Yorkshire Dales as he tried out the Tour de France's Grand Depart route, it has emerged.

Two local youngsters came to the rescue and pointed Mark Cavendish in the right direction after he took refuge in a bus shelter in the pouring rain.

Cavendish told Welcome to Yorkshire boss Gary Verity he couldn’t get a GPS signal in the town and was struggling to find the road to Middleham.

"He had a wonderful time," said Mr Verity. "He was very impressed with the route and the enthusiasm of everyone he met.

"He couldn’t get a GPS signal in Leyburn. I told him that’s an occupational hazard, but these schoolboys knew the route inside out and gave him directions.

"Only then did they realise it was Mark Cavendish. He told them that he was going to win stage one.”

Mr Verity said it gave everyone involved a huge boost to know someone like Cavendish was so enthusiastic and determined, and he had told him everyone in cycling was talking about the Tour and how special it would be.

Cavendish, a super sprinter who has won 25 stages of the Tour in the past, is understood to be desperate to win the first day of the event in North Yorkshire, which will end with a sprint into Harrogate, his mother’s home town.

He tweeted: "Couple of days done looking at the first two stages of Le Tour Yorkshire and I'm tired. Beautiful, but very hard start to a three week race.”

The Tour's Grand Depart is coming to Yorkshire on July 5 and 6.

Upper Dales councillor John Blackie said: “I hope his sense of direction is better on the day, although it’s going to be very hard to get lost on July 5 when the huge cavalcade comes through.

"I don’t think there’s anyone in the town who doesn’t know the exact route, so everyone would have been able to help him along.”

Cllr Blackie added that he believed the Dales were now the amateur cycling capital of Europe with so many cyclists on the roads, trying out the route.

“It is absolutely fantastic, they know where to come to get the best scenery and the best routes. It’s going to be a huge boost for the area," he said.

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10:32am Wed 28 May 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Funny place, Yorkshire. How can a county that demonstrates the nation's biggest swing to UKIP be still so proud to encourage a foreign event and become "the amateur cycling capital of Europe"? D'you get the idea we haven't made our mind up? Or do we want our cake and to eat it too?
Funny place, Yorkshire. How can a county that demonstrates the nation's biggest swing to UKIP be still so proud to encourage a foreign event and become "the amateur cycling capital of Europe"? D'you get the idea we haven't made our mind up? Or do we want our cake and to eat it too? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 14

10:35am Wed 28 May 14

JHardacre says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Funny place, Yorkshire. How can a county that demonstrates the nation's biggest swing to UKIP be still so proud to encourage a foreign event and become "the amateur cycling capital of Europe"? D'you get the idea we haven't made our mind up? Or do we want our cake and to eat it too?
Perhaps it's because there aren't many Roma in the Tour De France.
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Funny place, Yorkshire. How can a county that demonstrates the nation's biggest swing to UKIP be still so proud to encourage a foreign event and become "the amateur cycling capital of Europe"? D'you get the idea we haven't made our mind up? Or do we want our cake and to eat it too?[/p][/quote]Perhaps it's because there aren't many Roma in the Tour De France. JHardacre
  • Score: -17

10:49am Wed 28 May 14

shartin says...

I know that most folk in the Dales are really committed to making Le Grand Depart a very successful few days. Good luck to all involved!
I know that most folk in the Dales are really committed to making Le Grand Depart a very successful few days. Good luck to all involved! shartin
  • Score: 12

12:43pm Wed 28 May 14

Tom6187 says...

If only all the other cyclists would get lost.
If only all the other cyclists would get lost. Tom6187
  • Score: -30

12:53pm Wed 28 May 14

Spider1 says...

Am I going to have to camp out the night before in order to watch on the A59? Am I actually going to be able to get close enough with my car ? don't want to watch it in the centre of York as it will be so busy that I doubt you'll see anything - advice please
Am I going to have to camp out the night before in order to watch on the A59? Am I actually going to be able to get close enough with my car ? don't want to watch it in the centre of York as it will be so busy that I doubt you'll see anything - advice please Spider1
  • Score: 4

1:00pm Wed 28 May 14

Tom6187 says...

Spider1 wrote:
Am I going to have to camp out the night before in order to watch on the A59? Am I actually going to be able to get close enough with my car ? don't want to watch it in the centre of York as it will be so busy that I doubt you'll see anything - advice please
"Advice please"

Yeah, get a grip and follow a real sport.
[quote][p][bold]Spider1[/bold] wrote: Am I going to have to camp out the night before in order to watch on the A59? Am I actually going to be able to get close enough with my car ? don't want to watch it in the centre of York as it will be so busy that I doubt you'll see anything - advice please[/p][/quote]"Advice please" Yeah, get a grip and follow a real sport. Tom6187
  • Score: -38

1:30pm Wed 28 May 14

YorkPatrol says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Funny place, Yorkshire. How can a county that demonstrates the nation's biggest swing to UKIP be still so proud to encourage a foreign event and become "the amateur cycling capital of Europe"? D'you get the idea we haven't made our mind up? Or do we want our cake and to eat it too?
Idiot
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Funny place, Yorkshire. How can a county that demonstrates the nation's biggest swing to UKIP be still so proud to encourage a foreign event and become "the amateur cycling capital of Europe"? D'you get the idea we haven't made our mind up? Or do we want our cake and to eat it too?[/p][/quote]Idiot YorkPatrol
  • Score: -30

2:55pm Wed 28 May 14

JNikko says...

I like to read the comments on the Press stories, but I don't really care for the backlash that some comments receive - so please don't slate me for this comment ...

I was in Canterbury when the Tour De France raced through in 1994. The crowds were horrendous and seeing the race was the biggest anti-climax imaginable. The cars and the riders take roughly 20 seconds to pass. You don't see them - they ride too fast. Just be prepared for a let down!
I like to read the comments on the Press stories, but I don't really care for the backlash that some comments receive - so please don't slate me for this comment ... I was in Canterbury when the Tour De France raced through in 1994. The crowds were horrendous and seeing the race was the biggest anti-climax imaginable. The cars and the riders take roughly 20 seconds to pass. You don't see them - they ride too fast. Just be prepared for a let down! JNikko
  • Score: -13

3:19pm Wed 28 May 14

Tom6187 says...

JNikko wrote:
I like to read the comments on the Press stories, but I don't really care for the backlash that some comments receive - so please don't slate me for this comment ...

I was in Canterbury when the Tour De France raced through in 1994. The crowds were horrendous and seeing the race was the biggest anti-climax imaginable. The cars and the riders take roughly 20 seconds to pass. You don't see them - they ride too fast. Just be prepared for a let down!
It will be like premature ****.
[quote][p][bold]JNikko[/bold] wrote: I like to read the comments on the Press stories, but I don't really care for the backlash that some comments receive - so please don't slate me for this comment ... I was in Canterbury when the Tour De France raced through in 1994. The crowds were horrendous and seeing the race was the biggest anti-climax imaginable. The cars and the riders take roughly 20 seconds to pass. You don't see them - they ride too fast. Just be prepared for a let down![/p][/quote]It will be like premature ****. Tom6187
  • Score: -7

4:11pm Wed 28 May 14

piaggio1 says...

Noticed a few campsites on the a59 .between york n green hammerton..
Noticed a few campsites on the a59 .between york n green hammerton.. piaggio1
  • Score: 23

4:14pm Wed 28 May 14

piaggio1 says...

Oh eye.n that YCC van is still parked up at barmby ont marsch?
How much is this guy costing taxpayers?
Oh eye.n that YCC van is still parked up at barmby ont marsch? How much is this guy costing taxpayers? piaggio1
  • Score: -26

4:33pm Wed 28 May 14

pedalling paul says...

Tom6187 wrote:
If only all the other cyclists would get lost.
So how come so many motor vehicle drivers get lost with satnavs.....try a paper map instead. It tells you everything except how to fold it back up again!!
[quote][p][bold]Tom6187[/bold] wrote: If only all the other cyclists would get lost.[/p][/quote]So how come so many motor vehicle drivers get lost with satnavs.....try a paper map instead. It tells you everything except how to fold it back up again!! pedalling paul
  • Score: 23

6:40pm Wed 28 May 14

Spider1 says...

piaggio1 wrote:
Noticed a few campsites on the a59 .between york n green hammerton..
Thank you - it's nice when people are helpful! I live in Wigginton so I'm hoping that I'll be able to drive somewhere close and park up.
[quote][p][bold]piaggio1[/bold] wrote: Noticed a few campsites on the a59 .between york n green hammerton..[/p][/quote]Thank you - it's nice when people are helpful! I live in Wigginton so I'm hoping that I'll be able to drive somewhere close and park up. Spider1
  • Score: 33

7:18pm Wed 28 May 14

notpedallingpaul says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Tom6187 wrote:
If only all the other cyclists would get lost.
So how come so many motor vehicle drivers get lost with satnavs.....try a paper map instead. It tells you everything except how to fold it back up again!!
Now, now Paul, you cheeky chappie, you know that you can't read a map and ride/drive at the same time, don't encourage!
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tom6187[/bold] wrote: If only all the other cyclists would get lost.[/p][/quote]So how come so many motor vehicle drivers get lost with satnavs.....try a paper map instead. It tells you everything except how to fold it back up again!![/p][/quote]Now, now Paul, you cheeky chappie, you know that you can't read a map and ride/drive at the same time, don't encourage! notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -20

7:34pm Wed 28 May 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Without Mark Renshaw's wheel to follow it's no wonder he got lost.
Without Mark Renshaw's wheel to follow it's no wonder he got lost. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 28

8:38pm Wed 28 May 14

AnotherPointofView says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Funny place, Yorkshire. How can a county that demonstrates the nation's biggest swing to UKIP be still so proud to encourage a foreign event and become "the amateur cycling capital of Europe"? D'you get the idea we haven't made our mind up? Or do we want our cake and to eat it too?
Idiot
Ooooh! Well that really made a contribution to the argument...
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Funny place, Yorkshire. How can a county that demonstrates the nation's biggest swing to UKIP be still so proud to encourage a foreign event and become "the amateur cycling capital of Europe"? D'you get the idea we haven't made our mind up? Or do we want our cake and to eat it too?[/p][/quote]Idiot[/p][/quote]Ooooh! Well that really made a contribution to the argument... AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 11

12:37am Thu 29 May 14

Magicman! says...

He got lost because of no Sat Nav signal.... I've been cycling around in the country for a few years and never got properly lost. There has been a couple of occasions where I thought I was on one road, but my mind determined the position of the sun wasn't correct and so I turned around and found out I had indeed been on the wrong road and corrected myself... I have never used sat nav; and my map book is dated to 2008!!
He got lost because of no Sat Nav signal.... I've been cycling around in the country for a few years and never got properly lost. There has been a couple of occasions where I thought I was on one road, but my mind determined the position of the sun wasn't correct and so I turned around and found out I had indeed been on the wrong road and corrected myself... I have never used sat nav; and my map book is dated to 2008!! Magicman!
  • Score: -2

11:24am Thu 29 May 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Spider1 wrote:
Am I going to have to camp out the night before in order to watch on the A59? Am I actually going to be able to get close enough with my car ? don't want to watch it in the centre of York as it will be so busy that I doubt you'll see anything - advice please
I think on the day it would be awfully brave to try and drive anywhere.
If the published visitor numbers are to be believed, along with all of the road closures its going to be awful on the roads.

Though as Piaggio1 states there are campsites along the A59 and i think that the playing fields in the poppleton villages are to be opened as car parks.
[quote][p][bold]Spider1[/bold] wrote: Am I going to have to camp out the night before in order to watch on the A59? Am I actually going to be able to get close enough with my car ? don't want to watch it in the centre of York as it will be so busy that I doubt you'll see anything - advice please[/p][/quote]I think on the day it would be awfully brave to try and drive anywhere. If the published visitor numbers are to be believed, along with all of the road closures its going to be awful on the roads. Though as Piaggio1 states there are campsites along the A59 and i think that the playing fields in the poppleton villages are to be opened as car parks. TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 1

11:54am Thu 29 May 14

MorkofYork says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Funny place, Yorkshire. How can a county that demonstrates the nation's biggest swing to UKIP be still so proud to encourage a foreign event and become "the amateur cycling capital of Europe"? D'you get the idea we haven't made our mind up? Or do we want our cake and to eat it too?
Because we're not anti Europe, but anti the current union and the rules that come with it. This has been said about a million times.
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Funny place, Yorkshire. How can a county that demonstrates the nation's biggest swing to UKIP be still so proud to encourage a foreign event and become "the amateur cycling capital of Europe"? D'you get the idea we haven't made our mind up? Or do we want our cake and to eat it too?[/p][/quote]Because we're not anti Europe, but anti the current union and the rules that come with it. This has been said about a million times. MorkofYork
  • Score: 1

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