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Matt Wrigley at Cycle Gear, Halifax.
Matt Wrigley at Cycle Gear, Halifax.
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Calderdale should find out next week if it will host part of the 2014 Tour de France route.

Excitement is building across the area as bosses of the event prepare to announce further details next Thursday of the Yorkshire leg of the famous road race.

The official presentation of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart will take place at Leeds Town Hall where it is expected some route information will be released.

Yorkshire won its bid to host the first two stages of the 2014 Tour de France at the end of last year. There has since been mounting speculation that the route may pass through Calderdale - with Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale touted as strong contenders.

Local cycling enthusiasts are excited about the prospect of Calderdale being put on the worldwide cycling map.

Matt Wrigley, of Cycle Gear in Halifax, said: “It’d be nice to see the route incorporate part of Calderdale, especially Cragg Vale, the longest climb in England at 5.5 miles. Giving young and local people the chance to see the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins in action would be brilliant for the sport.”

Reid Anderson, secretary of CTC Calderdale, said: “Apart from the boost it’ll give to cycling in the area it will have a huge impact on local economy. There’s literally no other sporting event that could generate such a level of publicity. The possibility of the Tour riders coming through the Calder Valley and up Cragg Vale is an amazing prospect and to have Calderdale’s superb countryside being beamed on TV to millions watching across the globe is quite mind blowing.”

The event, at Leeds Town Hall from 6pm, also features fireworks and entertainment.