York is getting ready to host the Tour de France, Grand Depart on 6 July 2014, with a programme of cycling events and activities, in partnership with British Cycling and Sky.
Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “With only one year to go until the world’s best professional cyclist’s ride through York, I am pleased to announce a summer of events and I look forward to delivering them with partners British Cycling and Sky. We are hoping the hotly anticipated Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014 will help to encourage more people in York onto their bikes, whether it is on a Sky Ride local, a women’s only Breeze ride or the up and coming Sky Ride city event later this year.”
A program of free Sky Ride local rides and Breeze women’s only rides will be taking place through out summer. These rides are led by British Cycling ride leaders and have three difficulty levels so there is something to suit everyone.
To get the Sky Ride local program rolling in York, four exclusive rides each limited to 25 places will set off from each side of the city. They will then ride into the city centre where they will join up and do a lap of the National Circuit Race championship course on July 21. Places are limited to 25 for each ride so residents are urged to log onto www.goskyride.com/york and secure their place.
Kersten England, City of York Council Chief Executive and regional legacy lead, said “We are already seeing increased cycling participation, with York now being the third best cycling city in the country. The legacy program that we are leading on for Yorkshire and Humber aims to improve on this and the end goal is that Yorkshire is seen as the European capital of cycling.
“The 2014 Tour de France will help to inspire people to go out and ride their bikes and we are working with partner authorities to facilitate this. For example, by giving everyone in Yorkshire access to a bike, which could be the little thing that helps to inspire the next Lizzie Armistead or Mark Cavendish.”
York is hosting the National Circuit Race championships on July 21 just weeks after Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Armistead took victories in the Men’s and Women’s National Road Race championships. Previous winners of the National Circuit Race Championships include Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish and Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy.
July 21 is also an important day in the world cycling calendar as the 100th Tour de France will draw to a dramatic finish on the cobbles of the Champs-Élysées. Spectators will be able to watch the stage on big screens that will be showing the event live around the city.
Businesses in York are currently taking part in the York Cycle Challenge, with over 100 companies and 1200 registered to take part in the free competition that aims to encourage more people to ride bikes whether they are for work or for leisure.
The council’s five key priorities for 2011-2015 are:
• Create jobs and grow the economy
• Get York moving
• Build strong communities
• Protect vulnerable people
• Protect the environment
•The council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism is Councillor Sonja Crisp on 07876 176931
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