Full speed ahead for Le Tour

Left to right, Calderdale Council's Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Coun Janet Battye, Ben Kershaw and Penny Haigh from Ripponden Junior and Infant School and Calderdale Council's Leader, Coun Tim Swift in Ripponden. Photo by joolzedymond.com
Left to right, Calderdale Council's Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Coun Janet Battye, Ben Kershaw and Penny Haigh from Ripponden Junior and Infant School and Calderdale Council's Leader, Coun Tim Swift in Ripponden. Photo by joolzedymond.com

Cycling groups from across Calderdale have welcomed the official unveiling of next year’s Tour de France route.

Stage two of the 2014 Grand Depart travels through Calderdale on Sunday, July 6 and will visit Hebden Bridge, Cragg Vale, Ripponden, West Vale and Elland.

The route was originally due to take in Elland town centre, but will now head towards Ainley Top via Stainland Road and Hullenedge Lane after going through West Vale.

Matt Wild, organiser of the Le Tour Elland group, said: “They’ve changed the route a bit from what it was originally but I think they’ve changed it for the better.

“We’re so excited about it. Everyone involved is really flying forward with it and seeing the route unveiled has brought it home that it’s really happening.

Corinne Kielty, from Le Tour Ripponden, said: “It’s great to get final confirmation of the route. I think we’re well and truly on the road to it coming here now.”

Reid Anderson, from CTC Calderdale, said: “The route through West Vale and Elland means the riders will be travelling more slowly so this will be better for spectators on the two small climbs.

“Local cyclists are counting down the days to what will be the greatest cycling event Calderdale has ever seen.”

Coun Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council said: “This is a fantastic, once in a lifetime event for Calderdale.

“To have such a prestigious event on our doorstep is an amazing opportunity. On 6 July the eyes of the world will be on us.”