Pictures from Buttertubs Tour de France -TdF. Buttertubs Tour de France photos The Tour de France (TdF) finally got underway from Leeds on Saturday 5 July 2014. The race started off from Leeds at 11 am and visited Harewood House, Otley, Ilkley and Skipton before making its way on to the scenic lanes of the Yorkshire Dales. The race did the first big climb of day just outside of Buckden with the ‘Cote de Cray’ the first of the categorised climbs of the 2015 Tour de France (the first points of the ‘King of the Mountains’ – Poker dot jersey). The race then meandered its way via Aysgarth and Bainbridge before reaching the pretty small town of Hawes which nestles at the foot of the Buttertubs pass.
Buttertubs is one of the great cycle challenges of the Yorkshire Dales, it is just 4.4km in length, but its steep ramps and great views of the Yorkshire Dales makes it one of the locals favourite climbs. Thousands of people turned out to watch ‘Le Tour’ riders tackle the climb. The road rises up from Hawes and passes over the pass before a very fast descent to the typically named Yorkshire village of Muker. The climb has a maximum 20 per cent gradient just about the cattle grid half way up the hill. It is estimated up 60,000 spectators may turn out to see the climb.