‘The Tour de France cycle race is a global phenomenon, televised on over 85 TV channels in 190 countries- but what will be the local legacy for an area like Harrogate from the Tour de France Yorkshire legs? It will put Yorkshire firmly on the map (as if it wasn’t already!) with hopefully more tourists coming to visit (and cycle) our magnificent Dales in the coming months.
A bonus in these straightened financial times would be a boost to the local economy from the event itself. A couple of enterprising local ladies have been supplying local businesses with yellow, green and spotty bunting reflecting the colours of the Tour de France cycling jerseys, and local gift shops have been doing a roaring trade selling the bunting to people wanting to decorate their houses with it!
In my role as manager of a junior cricket team playing in the Nidderdale league, I’ve been driving (with my cricketing daughter!) round a lot of the route the Tour de France cyclists will be tackling this weekend, while on my way to our away matches recently. I’ve seen a lot of ads from all sorts of businesses on the route with green spaces offering camping (the hotels in Harrogate apparently sold out within days of the announcement that the Tour de France would be coming to Yorkshire). Very entrepreneurial, and obviously fulfilling a need-Harrogate Rugby Club has a full field of tents booked- sold out! What a great boost to the finances of the sports club!
Tonight Chiglet and I are going to the Tour de France opening ceremony at the Leeds Arena which we are very excited about. Le Tour de Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France is about to start, and we at Chiggs can’t wait to be there for the ride!