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Council to outline plans for managing Le Tour

Calderdale is home to the longest continuous incline in England, which will be a feature of the Yorkshire Grand Depart  stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France on July 6th.  18 April 2014.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
The sign is just outside Mytholmroyd on the B6138. The road takes you south up Cragg Vale out of Mytholmroyd, east of Hebden Bridge, and offers a long and well-graded climb up onto the wilds of Blackstone Edge. The first few kilometres climb through wooded villages before the road finally emerges out onto open moorland. The last 4 km keep climbing relentlessly until the summit is finally reached at Blackstone Edge Reservoir.

As well as being a popular cycling challenge, the climb is home to a well contested Hill Climb Time Trial. Run by Yorkshire Velo, the time trial runs at the end of the season, and usually attracts a big turnout.

The route has a total ascent of 272 metres over the course distance of 8 km with an average gradient of 3.4%.

Calderdale is home to the longest continuous incline in England, which will be a feature of the Yorkshire Grand Depart stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France on July 6th. 18 April 2014. Picture Bruce Rollinson The sign is just outside Mytholmroyd on the B6138. The road takes you south up Cragg Vale out of Mytholmroyd, east of Hebden Bridge, and offers a long and well-graded climb up onto the wilds of Blackstone Edge. The first few kilometres climb through wooded villages before the road finally emerges out onto open moorland. The last 4 km keep climbing relentlessly until the summit is finally reached at Blackstone Edge Reservoir. As well as being a popular cycling challenge, the climb is home to a well contested Hill Climb Time Trial. Run by Yorkshire Velo, the time trial runs at the end of the season, and usually attracts a big turnout. The route has a total ascent of 272 metres over the course distance of 8 km with an average gradient of 3.4%.

Excitement is building in Calderdale ahead of the Tour de France coming to the region.

As part of this, Council officers will present an update on the plans in place for managing the race through the borough at the Communities Scrutiny meeting, at Halifax Town Hall, tonight (Thursday May 1) from 6pm.

At the meeting, senior managers will give Members an overview of arrangements for the weekend, including transport plans for the day and emergency services support.

There have already been a number of meetings all across Calderdale, to make sure that as many people as possible can plan ahead for the weekend, to make the most of this once in a lifetime event. This Scrutiny meeting will allow local residents a further opportunity to attend and find out more about Calderdale Council’s plans.

Calderdale Council’s director of Communities and Business Change, Robin Tuddenham, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming the Tour de France into Calderdale.

“We want to share this excitement, and make sure as many people as possible are well informed about the plans for the race weekend.

“We’ve used a number of different ways to get the messages out there, including writing to every resident, sending e-newsletters and twitter updates through

@innercyclist, as well as presenting updates at public roadshows and ward forums.

“This update at Scrutiny is another chance to see an up to date plan covering all aspects of plans for Le Tour.”

For further information about the Tour de France weekend, please go to www.visitcalderdale.com, which will be regularly updated with further news to help you plan your weekend.

 

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