Holme Moss: an iconic climb and we'll be right on the road side.

by Matt Connelly June 18, 2014

The Grand Depart is nearly here and I'm bursting with excitement. We always knew we'd take a spot somewhere in Yorkshire for the race. The area is so spoiled for brilliant cycling and amazing views the hard decision was always going to be exactly where ?  

 I was introduced to a friend of a friend who had booked out a campsite near Holme Firth ( at the start of the year.                           This was a chance to pitch up on the roadside at the start of what will be the most challenging climbs of two days.                                                          If you were born in the 70's think 'Last of the Summer Wine', it was filmed here.  If you were born in the 80's ask your parents. 90's and beyond - go to You Tube.                                                 In early spring I did a reccy around the various routes but Holme Firth and the Holme Moss climb had hit me deep, in fact I wanted to move there  (the Sun was out)..........                       Don't underestimate the Holme Moss Climb - the road markings tell you how much pain is left!



The climb is near the end of Stage 2 (York to Sheffield). They are expecting 60,000 people on the climb and similar amounts to hang around Holme Firth on the weekend.  We will be pitching a gazebo up on the road side from early Sunday morning.   The campsite will feature a few cycling related businesses and various catering and other pop up stalls to keep everyone entertained.    Holmfirth, Holmbridge and Holme are all short distances away.    The village of Muker at the bottom of Buttertubs Pass is holding a three day festival to celebrate the event with live music and family entertainment for all!!

 Check out the Le Tour Yorkshire website for loads more details and if you have 16 minutes to spare you can transport yourself along the 201km from York to Sheffield at a fairly pacey speed from the viewpoint of a camera mounted on a car...(

There are also still some camping slots left at the site we'll be at



See my bike - that's where we'll be...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 posted by Matt, RCE




Matt Connelly
Matt Connelly