Le Tour en Calderdale is magnifique!

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Calderdale continued to gear up for next year’s Tour de France with a special event along the route of the race - cheered on by residents in French fancy dress.

The Tour en Calderdale saw 37 riders pedal their way through Wainstalls, Oxenhope, Cockhill Moor, Cragg Vale, Ripponden Bank and Sowerby Bridge, and stop off for ice cream at Blackstone Edge.

Le Tour en Calderdale cylcle ride sets off from Tuel Lane Car Park, Sowerby Bridge.

Le Tour en Calderdale cylcle ride sets off from Tuel Lane Car Park, Sowerby Bridge.

Event organiser Chris Crossland said: “Quite a few found it quite taxing but most finished the route.

“There were 15 members of the CTC plus riders from other cycling clubs in Calderdale and others fairly new to cycling who wanted to test themselves on the route.

“It was absolutely perfect weather. The landscapes are brilliant once you get on the hills you get some rare countryside and views which are there to be savoured. It’s a great place to cycle.

“I hope the Tour de France riders enjoy it next year. We’re hoping to run the event again next year perhaps a week before the Tour.”

They were cheered on their way past Cragg Vale by residents dressed in French costumes.

Sharon Le Corre, from the Cragg Vale Community Association, said: “Our walk took us from Hebden to the Robin Hood in Peckett Well and then back again to The Robin Hood at Cragg.

“The weather was glorious and when we got back we all tucked into a French themed dinner at the Robin who had also entered into the spirit of the occasion by decking out the pub as a bistro, Allo Allo style, and the staff donning French fancy dress themselves.

“The point of the walk was to remind people that in exactly one year’s time the Tour de France, the world’s largest annual sporting event is coming to Cragg Vale, England’s longest continuous incline.

“We feel really excited about this and privileged to be hosting a world class event in a valley which is famously linked with cycling through our iconic hill.”