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Issue 9. * May 18th, 2022

What happens when you combine the world's greatest cycling race with the world's best cycling city? Well, the newsletter turns yellow for once 💛

A historical event in many ways. Copenhagen is the host of the Tour de France 2022 start.  The Grand Départ. It's the first time the Tour visits Denmark, but it's also the most northern starting point in Tour de France history. Copenhagen is well known for its biking infrastructure and the number of locals who bike every day. Therefore it's only fitting that the greatest cycling race comes for a visit. 

  • Grand Depart - Copenhagen
  • What to see along the route
  • Tour de Food through Copenhagen 
  • Take on the route yourself     
  • Copenhagen cycling culture

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We love cycling here in Denmark, both as a sport, leisure activity, and transportation. And the Danish pro cyclists are not half bad (that’s an understatement 😉) So you can be sure that it's going to be a big celebration of cycling culture in the streets of Copenhagen, where the local crowd will cheer for the Danish riders 👏 We hope you will join the fun as well!

GRAND DEPART - COPENHAGEN

The first stage on July 1st is a time trial in the streets of Copenhagen, where the riders will ride one by one on the 13 km route. You can see how the route is laid out in the image below. 

It's expected that the first rider will start around 4 pm and the last rider will finish around 8 pm. But be aware that those times can vary according to how fast the riders are going and other things. So just be on the sidelines in good time, so you don't miss anything. Another reason to be there early is the Caravan, which will drive around the route before the stage begins. Here the Tour de France sponsors are represented, and will hand out different merchandise. 🧢👕

When it comes to navigating the city when the race is on, you need to have in mind that it can be difficult to cross the roads. But there will be places where crossing is possible. 

There are also many places where you can watch the race. Some places allow you to see the same rider two times, and other places are near some of Copenhagen's beautiful landmarks. There will also be a giant screen where you can watch the race at Fælledparken, which the route goes by as well. This will be a big fan area called Festivelo, with food and music, and maybe the perfect places to both see the race and experience the atmosphere in Copenhagen. 🎉😎

WHAT TO SEE ALONG THE ROUTE

The riders of the first stage of this year's Tour de France really get to see all the best of Copenhagen. And you can too. Starting out in the heart of the city at the City Hall Square, and then hitting towards the Copenhagen neighbourhood Nørrebro, going over the popular cycling bridge Dronning Louises Bro is quite a start.

Along the harbourside, the riders are going to race past many beautiful landmarks like the Little Mermaid, Amalienborg Palace (right), King's New Square, The Marble Church (left) and many more. See a full list here.

Foto: Mellanie Gandøe og Marc Skafte-Vaabengaard

So if for some reason, cycling isn't for you, the route still has plenty to offer. Use it as your own tourist guide, and walk the streets when its all settled down.

A TOUR DE FOOD THROUGH COPENHAGEN

While the riders are limited to gels and pasta, you can indulge in the delicious food scene that is Copenhagen. It can be hard to watch cycling all day, so here are some recommendations for where you can get something great to eat along the route.

If you're in the Nørrebro part of the route when the hunger kicks in, you have plenty of food options. But we think you should check out La Neta an authentic Taquería. The Mexican street food is the perfect choice when you don't want to miss the race. Grab some and hurry back and enjoy your food while the riders zip by 🌮

Foto: La Neta

If you find yourself in the inner city and have a little more time on your hands, why not try some traditional Danish smørrebrød? Schønnemann's is one of Copenhagen's oldest eateries, and it's the perfect place to sit back and enjoy some smørrebrød and a chilled schnapps. 🍸

When it comes to food during the Grand depart in Copenhagen, we need to mention a place with a french flair. Café Bopa in Østerbro brings both the food and the french vibes. The name is an acronym of BOurgeouis PArtisans and is a nod to a resistance group during WWII. The place feels like a Parisian street café 🥐🍷

TAKE ON THE ROUTE YOURSELF

The day after the Grand Départ, the 2nd of July, you will be able to ride the exact same stage at your own speed. The route will be closed off for traffic and only cyclists will be able to ride the stage 🚴‍♀️

This will be a unique opportunity to experience the city in a different way. Ride the streets of Copenhagen in a big group of cyclists and experience the common joy of cycling as we celebrate the power of the pedals.

Foto: Erik Refner

It’s all free and open for everyone to join. You don’t even have to sign up. You just show up with a bicycle. Either your own or a rented one. Check out our guide to finding a place to rent a bike.

COPENHAGEN CYCLING CULTURE

There is a reason why the Tour has come to Copenhagen. It is the best bike city in the world after all. Copenhagen is best explored on two wheels, but before you do, you need to know a few things.

Overall Copenhagen is a pretty easy and safe city to bike around. The cars are aware of the cyclist and the bike paths are wide. But if you just read a little bit about the bike rules, you're gonna have a much better time. Fortunately, we have made a little guide on all the bike rules you need to know, so you can be safe and have fun on the old two wheeler.

Foto: Erik Refner

You will not regret hopping on the bike and experiencing Copenhagen this way. It's the perfect way to both transport yourself through the city and see all the sights at the same time. It's also the local way, Copenhageners are almost born on a bike, and use it for everything, like commuting to work or school, dropping the kids off at kindergarten or going grocery shopping. Even when it's raining and snowing. 

OVER AND OUT

That's all for this Tour de France special. We hope you feel both informed about the event, and inspired to participate in the festivities when the world's biggest bike race visits the world's best bike city 😎

We'll be back again soon with a lot more hidden gems, food recommendations and cultural experiences in summery Copenhagen. If you liked this issue or if you think there is space to improve, we would love to hear from you. We’re here for you 💘

Anders, Frederik and Kasper, Copenhagen Unfolded

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Copenhagen Unfolded is published by VisitCopenhagen. Our goal is to tell the world about Copenhagen and the great experiences that are to be had here. Be sure to also check out www.visitcopenhagen.com and our social channels.

This issue of Copenhagen Unfolded is put together by Kasper Syhler, Frederik Ibsing and Anders Nørland.

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