Surge in online cycle sales after Grand Départ

The Tour de France riders pass York Minster

The Tour de France riders pass York Minster

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SHOPPERS in York embraced Tour de France fever by forking out for bikes and accessories.

New figures compiled by shopping comparison site Price Spy UK revealed sales from the city’s cycling enthusiasts had increased by 3.5 per cent online.

The most popular products were the innovative Garmin Edge 1000 bike computer, Vitesse Sprint 700 racing bike and the Giro Savant helmet, which all saw price cuts of up to 20 per cent in the run-up to the Grand Depart.

Lorna Barker, senior marketing manager of PriceSpy UK, said: “It’s clear that the public is taking cycling seriously, with big-ticket items such as cycling computers and professional quality bikes enjoying a generous increase in popularity.”

Tom Ramsey runs coaching sessions at Giant York, on Lord Mayor’s Walk, and says sales increased when the world’s best cyclists arrived in the city.

He said: “Sales did go up for a couple of days leading up to the Grand Depart, but during the race everyone was out there watching.

“There was a slight increase, but nothing dramatic here or what you would expect in good weather.

“We also had a lot of tourists from America coming in to buy Tour de France merchandise.”

Meanwhile, the final stages of the Tour de France were shown on a big screen in St Sampson’s Square in York city centre at the weekend.

Events from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the women’s La Course cycling race in Paris were also shown on the big screen to the crowds out enjoying the good weather.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “This was a great opportunity for the city to come out and support the Tour de France again.

“People got to see the culmination of a great three weeks of sport that started in York and Yorkshire with the Grand Depart.”

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8:06am Tue 29 Jul 14

old_geezer says...

"Forking out", eh? So there's a Press cliché department firmly in the saddle, wheeling out their tire-d old products ;-)
"Forking out", eh? So there's a Press cliché department firmly in the saddle, wheeling out their tire-d old products ;-) old_geezer
  • Score: 11

8:30am Tue 29 Jul 14

pedalling paul says...

old_geezer wrote:
"Forking out", eh? So there's a Press cliché department firmly in the saddle, wheeling out their tire-d old products ;-)
About time you re-tyred........ha ha!!
[quote][p][bold]old_geezer[/bold] wrote: "Forking out", eh? So there's a Press cliché department firmly in the saddle, wheeling out their tire-d old products ;-)[/p][/quote]About time you re-tyred........ha ha!! pedalling paul
  • Score: -11

8:53am Tue 29 Jul 14

AnotherPointofView says...

pedalling paul wrote:
old_geezer wrote:
"Forking out", eh? So there's a Press cliché department firmly in the saddle, wheeling out their tire-d old products ;-)
About time you re-tyred........ha ha!!
Not the only one...
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old_geezer[/bold] wrote: "Forking out", eh? So there's a Press cliché department firmly in the saddle, wheeling out their tire-d old products ;-)[/p][/quote]About time you re-tyred........ha ha!![/p][/quote]Not the only one... AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 24

9:07am Tue 29 Jul 14

nearlyman says...

...On line sales ?? so did the local retailers benefit ?
...On line sales ?? so did the local retailers benefit ? nearlyman
  • Score: 18

9:39am Tue 29 Jul 14

york_chap says...

Ok, so a shed load of money was splurged on having this event pass through York for 15 minutes and a lot of curious people turned out to see it. That's fine, but leave it at that.

Non-stories like this; attempting to eke out the event, just come across as a poor and failed attempt at justifying the amount of public money spent on it and trying to make people believe that the promised economic benefits weren't just pie in the sky. It was the same with the BBC after the olympics; for the next year / 18 months, every unrelated programme/advert featured constant references to and clips of the olympics, to forcibly remind everyone what a good time they had and that it was worth the billions spent.

A 3% rise in online sales of anything is not newsworthy. Even the bike store guy in the article says "There was a slight increase, but nothing dramatic here".

People who watched the race/got involved had a good time and have long enough memories to still remember it. But please, only report on the economic benefits if and when they actually materialise.
Ok, so a shed load of money was splurged on having this event pass through York for 15 minutes and a lot of curious people turned out to see it. That's fine, but leave it at that. Non-stories like this; attempting to eke out the event, just come across as a poor and failed attempt at justifying the amount of public money spent on it and trying to make people believe that the promised economic benefits weren't just pie in the sky. It was the same with the BBC after the olympics; for the next year / 18 months, every unrelated programme/advert featured constant references to and clips of the olympics, to forcibly remind everyone what a good time they had and that it was worth the billions spent. A 3% rise in online sales of anything is not newsworthy. Even the bike store guy in the article says "There was a slight increase, but nothing dramatic here". People who watched the race/got involved had a good time and have long enough memories to still remember it. But please, only report on the economic benefits if and when they actually materialise. york_chap
  • Score: 6

9:46am Tue 29 Jul 14

Jack Ham says...

york_chap wrote:
Ok, so a shed load of money was splurged on having this event pass through York for 15 minutes and a lot of curious people turned out to see it. That's fine, but leave it at that.

Non-stories like this; attempting to eke out the event, just come across as a poor and failed attempt at justifying the amount of public money spent on it and trying to make people believe that the promised economic benefits weren't just pie in the sky. It was the same with the BBC after the olympics; for the next year / 18 months, every unrelated programme/advert featured constant references to and clips of the olympics, to forcibly remind everyone what a good time they had and that it was worth the billions spent.

A 3% rise in online sales of anything is not newsworthy. Even the bike store guy in the article says "There was a slight increase, but nothing dramatic here".

People who watched the race/got involved had a good time and have long enough memories to still remember it. But please, only report on the economic benefits if and when they actually materialise.
I look forward to reading the economic impact analysis from City of York Council.

Perhaps Cllr Sonja Crisp would like to tell us when it will be ready and then present it personally to the media?
[quote][p][bold]york_chap[/bold] wrote: Ok, so a shed load of money was splurged on having this event pass through York for 15 minutes and a lot of curious people turned out to see it. That's fine, but leave it at that. Non-stories like this; attempting to eke out the event, just come across as a poor and failed attempt at justifying the amount of public money spent on it and trying to make people believe that the promised economic benefits weren't just pie in the sky. It was the same with the BBC after the olympics; for the next year / 18 months, every unrelated programme/advert featured constant references to and clips of the olympics, to forcibly remind everyone what a good time they had and that it was worth the billions spent. A 3% rise in online sales of anything is not newsworthy. Even the bike store guy in the article says "There was a slight increase, but nothing dramatic here". People who watched the race/got involved had a good time and have long enough memories to still remember it. But please, only report on the economic benefits if and when they actually materialise.[/p][/quote]I look forward to reading the economic impact analysis from City of York Council. Perhaps Cllr Sonja Crisp would like to tell us when it will be ready and then present it personally to the media? Jack Ham
  • Score: 9

10:21am Tue 29 Jul 14

emen says...

Absolute rubbish. There is no way PriceSpy UK could know that online bike sales in York have risen by 3.5%. It's just a a bit of free advertising for PriceSpy dressed up as research and the Press have fallen for it.

Why don't the Press ask some questions instead of just blindly printing what they are told?
Absolute rubbish. There is no way PriceSpy UK could know that online bike sales in York have risen by 3.5%. It's just a a bit of free advertising for PriceSpy dressed up as research and the Press have fallen for it. Why don't the Press ask some questions instead of just blindly printing what they are told? emen
  • Score: 20

10:38am Tue 29 Jul 14

Local lassie says...

"Meanwhile, the final stages of the Tour de France were shown on a big screen in St Sampson’s Square in York city centre at the weekend."

Saw the screen and merchandise stall on Sunday - it might have been better if the Council had bothered to put them out in the centre of town the Sunday the cyclists rode through - that would have been a better option for all those who came to watch and then found there was nothing to do after the cyclists has passed!
"Meanwhile, the final stages of the Tour de France were shown on a big screen in St Sampson’s Square in York city centre at the weekend." Saw the screen and merchandise stall on Sunday - it might have been better if the Council had bothered to put them out in the centre of town the Sunday the cyclists rode through - that would have been a better option for all those who came to watch and then found there was nothing to do after the cyclists has passed! Local lassie
  • Score: 6

11:07am Tue 29 Jul 14

York2000 says...

It had to happen. Nice little news story on the website.... comments thread hijacked by the anti council brigade. Zzzz.
It had to happen. Nice little news story on the website.... comments thread hijacked by the anti council brigade. Zzzz. York2000
  • Score: -12

11:17am Tue 29 Jul 14

CaroleBaines says...

Jack Ham wrote:
york_chap wrote:
Ok, so a shed load of money was splurged on having this event pass through York for 15 minutes and a lot of curious people turned out to see it. That's fine, but leave it at that.

Non-stories like this; attempting to eke out the event, just come across as a poor and failed attempt at justifying the amount of public money spent on it and trying to make people believe that the promised economic benefits weren't just pie in the sky. It was the same with the BBC after the olympics; for the next year / 18 months, every unrelated programme/advert featured constant references to and clips of the olympics, to forcibly remind everyone what a good time they had and that it was worth the billions spent.

A 3% rise in online sales of anything is not newsworthy. Even the bike store guy in the article says "There was a slight increase, but nothing dramatic here".

People who watched the race/got involved had a good time and have long enough memories to still remember it. But please, only report on the economic benefits if and when they actually materialise.
I look forward to reading the economic impact analysis from City of York Council.

Perhaps Cllr Sonja Crisp would like to tell us when it will be ready and then present it personally to the media?
Impact is going to take longer than a few days isn't it? What are you thinking, that across Europe people will see the delights of Yorkshire and hop on a plain that day!!? Lol at Cameron would say.
[quote][p][bold]Jack Ham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]york_chap[/bold] wrote: Ok, so a shed load of money was splurged on having this event pass through York for 15 minutes and a lot of curious people turned out to see it. That's fine, but leave it at that. Non-stories like this; attempting to eke out the event, just come across as a poor and failed attempt at justifying the amount of public money spent on it and trying to make people believe that the promised economic benefits weren't just pie in the sky. It was the same with the BBC after the olympics; for the next year / 18 months, every unrelated programme/advert featured constant references to and clips of the olympics, to forcibly remind everyone what a good time they had and that it was worth the billions spent. A 3% rise in online sales of anything is not newsworthy. Even the bike store guy in the article says "There was a slight increase, but nothing dramatic here". People who watched the race/got involved had a good time and have long enough memories to still remember it. But please, only report on the economic benefits if and when they actually materialise.[/p][/quote]I look forward to reading the economic impact analysis from City of York Council. Perhaps Cllr Sonja Crisp would like to tell us when it will be ready and then present it personally to the media?[/p][/quote]Impact is going to take longer than a few days isn't it? What are you thinking, that across Europe people will see the delights of Yorkshire and hop on a plain that day!!? Lol at Cameron would say. CaroleBaines
  • Score: -3

4:40pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Jack Ham says...

CaroleBaines wrote:
Jack Ham wrote:
york_chap wrote:
Ok, so a shed load of money was splurged on having this event pass through York for 15 minutes and a lot of curious people turned out to see it. That's fine, but leave it at that.

Non-stories like this; attempting to eke out the event, just come across as a poor and failed attempt at justifying the amount of public money spent on it and trying to make people believe that the promised economic benefits weren't just pie in the sky. It was the same with the BBC after the olympics; for the next year / 18 months, every unrelated programme/advert featured constant references to and clips of the olympics, to forcibly remind everyone what a good time they had and that it was worth the billions spent.

A 3% rise in online sales of anything is not newsworthy. Even the bike store guy in the article says "There was a slight increase, but nothing dramatic here".

People who watched the race/got involved had a good time and have long enough memories to still remember it. But please, only report on the economic benefits if and when they actually materialise.
I look forward to reading the economic impact analysis from City of York Council.

Perhaps Cllr Sonja Crisp would like to tell us when it will be ready and then present it personally to the media?
Impact is going to take longer than a few days isn't it? What are you thinking, that across Europe people will see the delights of Yorkshire and hop on a plain that day!!? Lol at Cameron would say.
I would assume that before borrowing substantial sums that residents will have to pay back CYC would have done some sums to show how the borrowings we be repaid through the additional income it makes as a result of TDF.

Now is the time to publish that analysis so that tax payers can see how their money has been invested.

Are you suggesting Crisp, Alexander, England and co don't have these figures?
[quote][p][bold]CaroleBaines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack Ham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]york_chap[/bold] wrote: Ok, so a shed load of money was splurged on having this event pass through York for 15 minutes and a lot of curious people turned out to see it. That's fine, but leave it at that. Non-stories like this; attempting to eke out the event, just come across as a poor and failed attempt at justifying the amount of public money spent on it and trying to make people believe that the promised economic benefits weren't just pie in the sky. It was the same with the BBC after the olympics; for the next year / 18 months, every unrelated programme/advert featured constant references to and clips of the olympics, to forcibly remind everyone what a good time they had and that it was worth the billions spent. A 3% rise in online sales of anything is not newsworthy. Even the bike store guy in the article says "There was a slight increase, but nothing dramatic here". People who watched the race/got involved had a good time and have long enough memories to still remember it. But please, only report on the economic benefits if and when they actually materialise.[/p][/quote]I look forward to reading the economic impact analysis from City of York Council. Perhaps Cllr Sonja Crisp would like to tell us when it will be ready and then present it personally to the media?[/p][/quote]Impact is going to take longer than a few days isn't it? What are you thinking, that across Europe people will see the delights of Yorkshire and hop on a plain that day!!? Lol at Cameron would say.[/p][/quote]I would assume that before borrowing substantial sums that residents will have to pay back CYC would have done some sums to show how the borrowings we be repaid through the additional income it makes as a result of TDF. Now is the time to publish that analysis so that tax payers can see how their money has been invested. Are you suggesting Crisp, Alexander, England and co don't have these figures? Jack Ham
  • Score: 2

10:25pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

3.5 % Surge ? Somebody at the Press has a sense of irony.
3.5 % Surge ? Somebody at the Press has a sense of irony. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 0

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