Acting in a co-ordinating role between all the relevant agencies involved we undertook the overall Project Management for the race during Stages 1 & 2 when it was passing through North Yorkshire. This included preparing the event and safety management plans, carrying out the risk assessments, developing the crowd management plans, helping to determine the stewarding, medical and infrastructure needs and we also gave advice on financial issues as required. We provided all the key staff for the on-the-day delivery in the various Control Rooms and at identified high risk key locations on the ground. The knowledge, skills and experience that the company has in delivering high profile complex events coupled with the experience gained when delivering the Tour de France in 2007 for Kent County Council was combined to ensure the success of the Tour de France in North Yorkshire in 2014.

The Tour de France set off from Leeds on Saturday 5th July 2014. Handling spectator hubs and crowd management throughout the route in North Yorkshire meant Pennine Events were in the heart of all the plans for the weekend, and what a fantastic weekend it was!

For both days of the Grand Depart weekend, we organised the crowd management for approximately 200km of the Stage 1 and Stage 2 routes. We had managers on the ground in all the key locations around the county that had large crowds including the climbs of Kidstones, Buttertubs and Grinton Moor, along with the major hubs in Skipton, Hawes, Leyburn and Ripon along with the Harrogate finish. For stage 2 the areas within the county included the very busy towns of Knaresborough and Harrogate along with the stunning climb up Blubberhouses and the beautiful Bolton Abbey.

Over the course of the weekend we had two main Spectator Hubs to manage, in Skipton and Knaresborough. Both Hubs were packed full of people watching the stunning scenery of Yorkshire on the big screens, which received praise from spectators all over the world, including ASO Chief Executive Christian Prudhomme that this has been ‘the Grandest of Grand Departs’.

On the days themselves we were managing the Event Control rooms. Key staff were dotted around the control rooms across North Yorkshire to make sure that everything ran smoothly and the crowds were managed effectively and efficiently throughout both days. With our teams spread across North Yorkshire with various different roles and billions of viewers around the world following the race live on TV, the preparation for the weekend had to be planned to perfection to make sure everyone got what they needed and when they needed it, and judged by the reactions of all the organisers, spectators, TV viewers and the authorities we managed it very successfully.

There were all different things for people to see and do at the Hubs, including smoothie bikes, dancers, trade stalls and even a big screen showing of a sing-a-long version of Grease, after Stage 1 had finished! We also worked alongside our partners in the three district councils and the county council in supporting them in all the non-race activities and operations which included the setting up and de-rigging of the Finish site in Harrogate. We also had to react to changes and last minute matters such as the visits by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge plus Prince Harry and the Prime Minister, and devise and manage the operations accordingly.

“We contracted Pennine Events to assist with our preparations as the event organiser for the 2014 Tour de France whilst in North Yorkshire. Over half of the two Yorkshire stages were in North Yorkshire which equated to nearly 128 miles of the route.

Pennine Events worked with us to develop an Event Management Plan which included the approach to managing crowds. They also provided us with a team of staff to assist in the delivery of the event. This included control room managers and event managers at high risk locations along the route.

Pennine Events were thoroughly professional throughout and supported us to produce a robust Event Management Plan. We put Pennine Events under a lot of pressure and they always delivered what we asked of them. The company was influential in ensuring that the plans we produced were robust and were implemented on the ground despite all the challenges we faced. They worked very closely with us over a period of six months and were part of the County team and have certainly taught us a lot about how to approach event planning. The event received widespread national and international acclaim” - Tom Bryant – North Yorkshire County Council, Project Manager.

“Working with Pennine Events on the Tour de France in Skipton has been a real pleasure for us. They proved themselves to be extremely professional, very knowledgeable, and reassuringly efficient and worked well with us as a team. They certainly helped us bring Skipton to life during the Tour de France and their management of our two official Spectator Hub sites and the town as a whole was outstanding in all respects. Their first-hand knowledge and experience of working with Local Government was invaluable and extremely helpful; they understood how we work and who needs to be involved and how to pull off a town wide event with a number of partners that more than exceeded our expectations. Skipton had its largest number of spectators ever seen in the High Street and Pennine Events through their expertise ensured that this was managed safely whilst making sure that everyone had a most enjoyable time and a thoroughly memorable day” - Sharon Hudson – Craven District Council, Tour de France Project Manager.