Tour's legacy to be Yorkshire cycle race

York Press: Y14:  Alistair Griffin and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band premiere the official Grand Depart song at Y14. Picture: Matt Clark Y14: Alistair Griffin and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band premiere the official Grand Depart song at Y14. Picture: Matt Clark

THE immediate legacy of the Le Grand Depart for the Tour de France will be the return of international cycling to Yorkshire from next year.

Backed by the Tour organisers and British Cycling, the three-day Yorkshire festival of cycling will start on May 15 2015 with the road race at its centre yet to be given a name.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome To Yorkshire, made the announcement at the Y14 conference at Harrogate International Centre yesterday morning that doubled as the Grand Depart launch, 100 days before the "most prestigious annual event on the sporting calendar" wheels into competitive action in Leeds.

Introduced by host Rob Walker as the "big man who not only has the ideas but also the balls to see them through", Mr Verity said Le Grand Depart's legacy would be threefold: a business legacy, a tourism legacy and a cycling legacy. "We're setting out to make Yorkshire the cycling capital of Europe," he announced, acknowledging that Belgium at present held that crown.

Part of the pledge was to establish the annual road race in Yorkshire, and yesterday a "memorandum of understanding" was signed to that effect . "It will be three days of cycling per year right across Yorkshire with the best cyclists in the world," he promised.

Kirsten England, chief executive of the City of York Council, outlined a second strand of the legacy: Cycle Yorkshire, a ten-year journey designed to promote all manner of cycling in Yorkshire, from competitive events to family bike rides and cycling to meet up with friends. Encouraging everyone to take to bikes as a route to health and happiness, she said: "We think cycling is an elemental life skill and we also want to get more women cycling."

More events and more routes will result from a £30 million investment in cycling in the region, and this boost to cycling will vary from an education pack for children, telling them how to build their own bike, to a Cycle Yorkshire app with a route guide and safety tips.

Yesterday's launch event welcomed a series of guest speakers, including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the Sheffield Hallam MP; Pierre Yves Thoualt, deputy director of the Tour de France; Bernard Hinault, five-time Tour winner; Brian Robinson, the first Briton to win a Tour stage in 1958; and Yorkshire playwright John Godber. York singer-songwriter Alistair Griffin closed the launch with the first live performance of the official Le Grand Depart song, The Road, with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Charles Hutchinson

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10:00am Fri 28 Mar 14

pedalling paul says...

Heaven....I'm in heaven........
Heaven....I'm in heaven........ pedalling paul
  • Score: 16

10:16am Fri 28 Mar 14

Ichabod76 says...

Fingers crossed
Fingers crossed Ichabod76
  • Score: -25

10:34am Fri 28 Mar 14

sheps lad says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Heaven....I'm in heaven........
Careful what you wish for!
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Heaven....I'm in heaven........[/p][/quote]Careful what you wish for! sheps lad
  • Score: -23

10:38am Fri 28 Mar 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Has anyone noticed that on the official Yorkshire Tour de France website - the one at http://letour.yorksh
ire.com/ - they've managed to get the image of York Minster the wrong way round? All the lettering on the cyclists is the back to front, and the sun is shining from the north.

I know it's the Tour de France but why are we on the wrong side of the road already? Or is it a case of the organisers just not being good enough to get the detail right? What else might they mess up?

or is
Has anyone noticed that on the official Yorkshire Tour de France website - the one at http://letour.yorksh ire.com/ - they've managed to get the image of York Minster the wrong way round? All the lettering on the cyclists is the back to front, and the sun is shining from the north. I know it's the Tour de France but why are we on the wrong side of the road already? Or is it a case of the organisers just not being good enough to get the detail right? What else might they mess up? or is Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: -24

11:12am Fri 28 Mar 14

Oyy you says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Heaven....I'm in heaven........
We're not that lucky......
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Heaven....I'm in heaven........[/p][/quote]We're not that lucky...... Oyy you
  • Score: -24

2:06pm Fri 28 Mar 14

pedalling paul says...

Only two bites so far! Tch...tch....tch!!
Only two bites so far! Tch...tch....tch!! pedalling paul
  • Score: 25

2:24pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Yorkshine1 says...

I really wish they would stop combining cycle racing and commuter cycling as the same thing. This TDF thing encourages people to play the sport, it doesn't have any bearing on what happens on how people get to work, school, uni, go see their mates or whatever.
I really wish they would stop combining cycle racing and commuter cycling as the same thing. This TDF thing encourages people to play the sport, it doesn't have any bearing on what happens on how people get to work, school, uni, go see their mates or whatever. Yorkshine1
  • Score: 2

3:15pm Fri 28 Mar 14

sheps lad says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Only two bites so far! Tch...tch....tch!!
I counted three!
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Only two bites so far! Tch...tch....tch!![/p][/quote]I counted three! sheps lad
  • Score: 1

7:05pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Knavesmire view says...

Shouldn't they work out how they are going to pay for it in the first place before they start talking about legacy?
Shouldn't they work out how they are going to pay for it in the first place before they start talking about legacy? Knavesmire view
  • Score: -1

4:22am Sat 29 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Has anyone noticed that on the official Yorkshire Tour de France website - the one at http://letour.yorksh

ire.com/ - they've managed to get the image of York Minster the wrong way round? All the lettering on the cyclists is the back to front, and the sun is shining from the north.

I know it's the Tour de France but why are we on the wrong side of the road already? Or is it a case of the organisers just not being good enough to get the detail right? What else might they mess up?

or is
Maybe they're trying the Youtube trick... don't have actual copyright to the image, and so they just flip it because then it *technically* isn't the same image!
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Has anyone noticed that on the official Yorkshire Tour de France website - the one at http://letour.yorksh ire.com/ - they've managed to get the image of York Minster the wrong way round? All the lettering on the cyclists is the back to front, and the sun is shining from the north. I know it's the Tour de France but why are we on the wrong side of the road already? Or is it a case of the organisers just not being good enough to get the detail right? What else might they mess up? or is[/p][/quote]Maybe they're trying the Youtube trick... don't have actual copyright to the image, and so they just flip it because then it *technically* isn't the same image! Magicman!
  • Score: 0

4:23am Sat 29 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

Also, I heard that 'anthem' on BBC Look North, and it sounded awful.
Also, I heard that 'anthem' on BBC Look North, and it sounded awful. Magicman!
  • Score: -1

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