A trip to the Tour de France led to a rare coincidence for Reid Anderson and a feel of the scale of interest set to hit Calderdale next summer.
Mr Anderson, secretary of the Cyclists Touring Club ( Calderdale) was climbing Mont Ventoux when he saw a flagpole with a Union Jack and a blue Yorkshire flag next to one of the many campervans parked near the top of the climb.
“I stopped to say hello and was delighted to discover the owner originally came from Halifax though he and his wife were now living in Spain. We had a nice chat about Calderdale - he told me his brother still lived on Manor Drive. His wife took a photo of us under the flagpole before I continued on the climb. I was sorry that I did not think to ask his name.”
Mr Anderson was in Provence to watch two stages of the Tour and ride parts of the 2013 Tour route.
“When I was riding up Mont Ventoux I had to pinch myself to remember that next yar’s route goes through Calderdale and up Cragg Vale.”
He added the public had yet to grasp what is coming our way next summer - 300,000 people turned out to watch the mountain climb.
“It is unbelievable and there is nothing like it on earth, The cavalcade is about seven miles long - the front of that will be going through Ripponden while the end will be in Mytholmroyd. I have been to pop concerts and big football matches but this is different and remember it’s free and coming through Calderdale on a Sunday.”
And, with 30 per cent of coverage from helicopter shots it would be a great advertisement for Calderdale and its scenic moorland, said Mr Anderson.
This year’s winner of the Tour de France Chris Froome said he would be defending his crown in 2014 starting in Yorkshire.
He was the 100th winner of the Tour and only the second Brit to win it - following Bradley Wiggins win 12 months ago.
“This has been a really spectacular Tour, and I expected it to be big, but this is something else.
“To come back and target more Tour de France wins has got to be the goal,” he said.
Even Prime Minister David Cameron got caught up in the excitement of his outstanding achievement and tweeted; “A brilliant win by @chrisfroome. After two British winners it’s only right the Tour de France comes to Yorkshire next year.”