Residents urged to go yellow and join Le Grand Départy

York Press: Mike Hughes is one of a handful cyclists who have been granted the privilege of riding ahead of the main body of the Tour de France competitors Mike Hughes is one of a handful cyclists who have been granted the privilege of riding ahead of the main body of the Tour de France competitors

A York cyclist who is making sporting history at the Tour de France is urging residents to organise their own street parties and paint the city yellow for the event.

Mike Hughes is one of a handful cyclists who have been granted the privilege of riding head of the main body of competitors on the first leg between Leeds and Harrogate.

Until now charity cyclists have been kept off the course on the actual day of the event. Mike and the other charity riders will each raise money to create a Marie Curie nurse’s job on July 5.

In the meantime, he took a break from training at parties at Acomb Fire Station and York Council offices to whip up even more excitement for the Tour’s arrival in Yorkshire.

He said: “I’d love it for individuals and businesses around York to follow the example of the Council and the Fire Service by organising their own Grand Départy event. Let’s turn York yellow.”

Cllr Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “We’re encouraging the city to join in by wearing yellow and helping raise awareness and funds for the charity.”

To organise your own Grand Départy! visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/tourdefrance or call 0845 052 4184. To sponsor Mike go to www.justgiving.com/mjdhughes or text MJDH64 £5 to 70070.

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12:01pm Mon 2 Jun 14

BL2 says...

No thanks, I'll be elsewhere. If it was the tour do Yorkshire then I'd be all for it, but we are not in France.
No thanks, I'll be elsewhere. If it was the tour do Yorkshire then I'd be all for it, but we are not in France. BL2
  • Score: -16

3:44pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Y.I.P. says...

YAWN YAWN roll on August
YAWN YAWN roll on August Y.I.P.
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4:00pm Mon 2 Jun 14

eeoodares says...

It should be great promotion for the City. We are off to a street party, it will be great fun.
It should be great promotion for the City. We are off to a street party, it will be great fun. eeoodares
  • Score: 40

8:17pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Justin7 says...

No thanks. No one gives a crap about a metrosexual French bike race.
No thanks. No one gives a crap about a metrosexual French bike race. Justin7
  • Score: -63

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