OPINION: Plan ahead to enjoy Le Tour

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The message for watching the Tour de France on the roads of South Yorkshire is a simple one: plan in 
advance.

As the world’s biggest annual sporting event it goes without saying that the Tour is kind of a big deal.

Upwards of 250,000 people will be in the area for the race – some more prepared than others.

Organisers of the race are being open and honest about the logistics of day on Sunday, July 6.

Parts of Sheffield will be severely affected with roads closed, bus services suspended and access in and out of certain areas being particularly difficult.

If you’re a casual fan of the sport or just interested in being part of a special day then we’d join with the organisers in saying do your research now.

Waking up on the day of the race and hoping to make your way to Bradfield, Jenkin Road, the Arena or other popular places along the route will not be straightforward.

We’re certain that many people will already be making plans.

However, we cannot stress enough that if you want to see the race first hand and you don’t get yourself organised you may miss out on a special day in the area’s history.