Groups across Harrogate district have received funding to create a Tour de France legacy.
A total of £17,280 has been handed to community groups across the district to help create a legacy for the 2014 Grand Départ.
The cash is from Harrogate Borough Council’s (HBC) community chest and will support activities or events linked to and inspired by cycling or the Tour de France 2014.
Among those groups to receive funding was the Harrogate Cycle Action Group. The group will use the £1,500 it has received to provide signage for the Harland Way (Spofforth) cycle link to the Great Yorkshire Show Ground to encourage more people to take up cycling during le Tour and beyond.
Chairman Kevin Douglas said: “The Greenway has been really, really successful and what we are looking to do is provide something to network the town and encourage more people to cycle in the town and some of that signage is key.
“What we want to do is make sure it links up the Harland Way cycle link to the Great Yorkshire Show Ground and then between Holly Bank Wood and eventually to the Way of the Roses.”
It is hoped the signage could be in place by June.
Nidderdale Plus and Sport Nidderdale will use £1,800 of funding to implement the ‘Tour de Nidderdale treasure trail’ that can be completed on foot, cycle or by car encouraging residents and visitors to explore locations across the Dale supporting local businesses and celebrating the Grand Départ.
Katie Penn of Nidderdale Plus said: “The trail will map out various routes from Pateley Bridge as a hub from where people can travel to various points of the route of the Tour de France.
“We are in a position of being close to Masham, Ripon and Harrogate on Stage One of le Tour, and Blubberhouses and Grassington on Stage Two.
“There are opportunities for people to explore the area both during the Tour de France and in the years to come.
“It is a chance to encourage people out to this area and have them stopping at the various villages and towns on the route.
“We would like people to stay as long as possible during le Tour but making the area as attractive as possible during July means people may visit later in the year or in years to come
“We were keen not to put on a one-off event but would encourage Nidderdale to have something that is long-lasting.”
A grant of £950 was received by the Tour de Starbeck group, which has plans to transform the area ahead of its star turn on Stage Two of le Tour.
Harrogate Advertiser contributor Christine Stewart sits on the group as well as Starbeck in Bloom. She said: “We were pleased to receive the grant. We have collected old bikes and we plan to have them spray painted and we will use them to form a trail around Starbeck.
“There will be nine or ten bikes throughout starbeck to form the trail. We will also be changing the rose bed in front of the library on the High Street. It will be replanted with sustainable yellow plants.
“In it there will be two bright yellow bikes and they will be there a while.
“We also received a tandem. It will be painted yellow and we are hoping to make a picture frame around the tandem to stay for the future. At the moment we believe it will be positioned on Belmont field.”
Coun Anthony Alton (Con), leader of HBC, approved the grants.
He said: “We wanted applications for projects that would involve and motivate people to create a lasting and positive legacy to mark the historic visit of the race to our district.
“We have a very good mix of events to support to make sure that the positive impact of the race spreads right around the district.
“This is why we created this second round of funding from our community chest but dedicated to the Tour de France.”
The grants in full
Knaresborough in Bloom - £2,000 to create a Tour de France Display Garden at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show, to be permanently displayed in Knaresborough.
Nova Cycling Club – £2,000 to develop projects for young cyclists including off-road cycling.
Chrysalis Arts – £1,500 will be used to launch the Cold Bath Road community ‘Slow Art’ visible celebration of the Tour.
Fairfax Community Centre – ‘£1,500 for La folie de la mosaique, working with over 100 children and young people to design and create a mosaic on the external walls of the centre.
Ripon Tour de France Festival Group – £1,500 to start a programme of guided rides and activities that will continue after the Tour linked to the legacy programme.
Bilton Bike Club – £1,330 to establish a cycle club with organised rides, cycle safety and to teach bike maintenance.
Forest School/Starbeck Children’s Centre ‘On your Bike’ – £1,200 project to encourage and enable more young people with varying disabilities to get cycling.
Brighter Boroughbridge & District – £1,000 for the creation of a garden at the southern entrance to the town. The centrepiece will be a wooden bike sculpture made by Jennyruth Workshops.
Knaresborough Spinners Cycling Club – £1,000 will be used to start the ‘Ready Steady Go’ scheme of community cycle rides with a programme of bike safety and maintenance.
All 20,000 free tickets to view the second stage of the Tour take off from York Racecourse on July 6 were snapped up by fans within four and a half hours on Thursday.
Around 3,000 were taken in the first hour and by 1.30pm all 20,000 were allocated for the send off for riders on July 6.
Coun Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism said: “It just shows what an appetite there is for this, the world’s largest single sporting event.
“We’re being asked about the possibility of more tickets being released. Everyone’s safety has to be the priority and we have to consider the quality of their experience, so a decision will be made later in spring.”
Anyone finding they no longer need their tickets or have spare, are requested to contact the racecourse for the booking to be cancelled and the ticket reallocated.
Cycling fans will have the opportunity to camp under the stars at Brimham Rocks near Harrogate when le Tour comes to town on July 5 and 6.
The National Trust, which will invest any money made back into conservation, is allowing visitors to sleep at the popular attraction during the event.
Joanna Royle, from the Nation Trust in Yorkshire, said: “For the Yorkshire Dales, this campsite offers a fantastic opportunity for people to be part of the sporting spectacle while also enjoying the area and helping us care for it.”
Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/yorkshire for more on the National Trust camp sites. Early booking is advised.