Final stage for Tour de France volunteers

Image: Bradley Ormesher. Below, map of Ripon Tour Sportive (s)
Image: Bradley Ormesher. Below, map of Ripon Tour Sportive (s)

Alex Johnston finds out more about plans in to mark the Tour de France in Ripon, as applicants across the UK wait to find out if they will be named Tour Makers.

Volunteers from across the district bidding to be named official Tour Makers for the Grand Départ are urged to complete a final application process as they await news in the coming weeks.

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Over 30,000 people nationwide, including many from North Yorkshire, applied to help deliver the first two stages of the Tour de France, which take place in Yorkshire, on July 5 and 6, and the Cambridge to London stage on July 7.

This week, the final application stage took place, and organisers expect to name up to 10,000 Tour Makers by mid-March.

The roles include welcoming international visitors at major transport hubs and supporting National Park rangers and the emergency services.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We have had a massive response from the public since we announced the Tour was coming and it shows there is a huge public appetite to get involved in this momentous event.

“Two to three million people are expected to line the routes of the three stages in England and the Tour Makers will play a hugely important role in welcoming the world to our proud county and giving them a memorable experience during their stay.”

Supermarket Asda will provide the official clothing for Tour Makers.

Richard Mason, Tour Maker Project Manager at Asda, said: “The programme is now stepping up a gear and we’re delighted to get to this next crucial stage. I really want to encourage everybody who has registered an interest to now take the next step of filling out their application form. We’re really looking forward to recruiting passionate volunteers who want to be a part of history by becoming an official Tour Maker in one of the world’s greatest sporting events.”

Anyone who has registered an interest in becoming a Tour Maker should have received an email to complete an application form. If the email hasn’t arrived then they should contact or call 0844 848 4517.

Ripon Tour Sportive

Up to 1,500 cyclists are expected to take part in a tour of North Yorkshire the week after the opening stages of the 2014 Tour de France reach the district.

Two routes will be offered, a 101-mile route following Stage One of le Tour, as well as a 40-mile route.

The Ripon Tour Sportive 101-mile ride will leave Ripon racecourse and join the Stage One route, heading through Kettlewell, Hawes, Reeth, Leyburn and Masham.

The 40-mile route atakes in a challenging climb from Lofthouse before a long decent to join Le Tour route for a fast run in to the Ripon finish.

A spokesperson for the organisers said: “We wanted to do something special to mark this huge occasion in Yorkshire and what better way than riding 101 miles of the 101st Tour de France, here on our own roads.

“The event is not a one hit wonder, it will become part of the legacy of the Grand Tour and its visit to Yorkshire in 2014.

“We anticipate thousands of riders will take part and we’ve priced the event to be as accessible as possible to all without compromising the great features we offer.

“You will ride through the amazing North Yorkshire countryside on the same now hallowed roads as used in Le Tour the previous week.

“The roads will still be painted with the riders’ names and you too will feel like a Tour star as you ascend these great climbs.”

The event is being organised by Velo29 Events and TriHard Ltd. Visit for details.

Ripon Cathdral to welcome speakers

Tour de France host city Ripon will welcome three speakers at Ripon Cathedral ahead of the Grand Départ.

The world’s finest road cyclists will ride through the city en route to the stage one finish in Harrogate from Leeds.

‘Flying Scotsman’ Graeme Obree, Yorkshire cycling author Andrew P Sykes and writer Graeme Fife have been confirmed by committee Le Tour Ripon.

The group is organising events and ensuring Ripon makes the most of its time in the spotlight when the world’s largest annual sporting event arrives. Proceeds from the events will be used to fund activities planned by the group during the Grand Départ weekend and to ensure a cycling legacy within the city.

Graeme Obree has twice broken the world hour record, in July 1993 and April 1994, and was the individual pursuit world champion in 1993 and 1995.

Graeme was known for his unusual riding positions and for the Old Faithful bicycle he built which included parts from a washing machine. In recent months Graeme has broken the world prone cycling record, reaching speeds of 56.62 mph.He will speak on April 4 at 7pm.

An audience with Andrew P. Sykes is a chance to hear about his career and his achievements. This event will take place on May 30 at 7pm.

Graeme Fife has written eight books about cycling. Through his writing, Graeme has become close friend of the riders and the teams within Le Tour.

An audience with Graeme Fife is an opportunity to hear about his career and his achievements. This event is on June 27 from 7pm.