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Cyclists wanting to visit the Tour this Sunday will be given free transport from Essex to Kent. The Highways Agency Dartford Crossing team is providing a 50 seater coach, with trailer, running across the Dartford crossing every 30 ? 40 minutes from 07.00hrs until 11.00hrs.

The pick up point for the coach is the Essex point marshalling area, reached via the cycle path from junction 31 of the M25. Drop off is the Kent point marshalling area from where Kent?s cycle paths are accessible.

The return service starts at 13.00hrs, running until 19.00hrs. The service is only open to cyclists, not pedestrians.

Those wishing to visit the Tour by car are being advised to check traffic conditions for the motorways and A roads on before they leave.

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace

TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars

Gravel bike: N/A

Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel