Eyes of the world will be on Pool, Arthington and Otley – LeTour Yorkshire timetable published

5 July 2014 – it’s getting closer and closer. The Grand Depart – as the Tour de France kicks [or wheels?] off – from here in Leeds. If you regularly walk round Harewood, you’ll have seen the notices up about it already. Now it has all became just that bit more real. The timings of … Continue reading Eyes of the world will be on Pool, Arthington and Otley – LeTour Yorkshire timetable published

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Could Leeds see women’s Tour de France? Harriet Harman calls for action

Leeds North West Constituency

Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has today written to the director of the Tour de France, Christian Proudhomme, to support calls for a women’s version of the event to be held.
Ms Harman also called for a women’s race to be held alongside the Grand Depart, which will be held in the UK in 2014, arguing it would be a ‘great opportunity’ to capitalise on the success of the Olympics and would set an example to the rest of Europe and Le Tour.leeds-town-hall-new-tour-de-france-banner

The full text of the letter is below.

Dear Christian,
I am writing to call on you to hold a women’s race alongside the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, former world champion and Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley called for a women’s Tour de France to be reinstated…

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Don’t forget Skyride on 7 July – enjoy a traffic free Leeds

Leeds North West Constituency

Just one-year-to-go until next year’s Grand Depart – and celebrations will kick off in style on 7 July when the eagerly awaited Sky Ride event launches in Leeds city centre.
Hundreds of people of all ages will line up on their bikes outside the Town Hall to take part in the free mass-participation cycling event which will take them on a 5km circuit through the city centre, the university campuses and Woodhouse Moor.

Sky Ride Leeds is a great opportunity to ride with family and friends in a traffic-free city centre. There’ll be loads of free things for the whole family to do, so get your bikes ready and come and join in!
Look out for a special Tour de France zone where you can find out more about the elite riders, watch live coverage of this year’s race on a big screen and even get your very own TdF…

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Countdown to the Grand Depart – Sky Ride in Leeds, Sunday 7 July

As part of the exciting countdown to the Grand Depart next year, Leeds residents will get a taste of what is to come when the city centre hosts the mass-participation cycling event, Sky Ride on Sunday 7 July. Sky Ride Leeds is part of this year’s national campaign by British Cycling and Sky aimed at … Continue reading Countdown to the Grand Depart – Sky Ride in Leeds, Sunday 7 July