Posts Tagged ‘Le Tour de France’

Tour de France- global phenomenon with a local legacy?

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Here at Chiggs we love Harrogate, and we love ‘Wheels‘, so we are naturally very excited that this weekend our home town will be hosting the Tour de France!

Yellow bike at Harrogate Tourist Information centre

‘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!

the Tour de Bunting for Le Tour de France!

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

I’ve mentioned before that Chiggs is very lucky to be based in the beautiful North Yorkshire town of Harrogate, and this year we have some added excitement as the  Tour de France cycle race is coming to the Harrogate district.

Yes, I know it sounds a bit bizarre that an iconic French cycle race will be whizzing around the Yorkshire dales, but while the Tour de France bicycle race is primarily held in France, it also occasionally makes passes through nearby countries- and this year it will be coming to Yorkshire!

Harrogate is hosting the final stage of the first day of the “Grand Départ” on the 5th of July, and the race passes through the district again on the 6th of July. In what can only be described as a truly British idea to celebrate the cycling extravaganza, Harrogate Borough Council have launched “Le Tour de Bunting “.

They have appealed to local groups, organisations and individuals to knit little woollen jerseys to represent the colour and shape of the riders’ shirts. These will be made into bunting, and used to decorate the district in the build-up to and after the event. It’s an ambitious project; the aim is to produce over 3000 knitted jerseys!

Here at Chiggs we love projects like this, so I have dusted off my knitting needles, and I’m teaching Chiglet the basics. The colours of the shirts are bright yellow, bright green, white and polka dot (white with red dots)

Le Tour de BuntingWe have chosen to knit an iconic ‘yellow jersey’, (I’m purling and Chiglet is doing the knit rows), and I have to say it’s going surprisingly well!  We have completed one little woolly jersey, and are well on the way to finishing our second. I’ll be the first to admit, it’s not perfect- we have an odd ridge on the back of our finished jersey (I think I knitted when I should have purled!) but I’m sure when the finished knitted bunting is in place and fluttering in the balmy North Yorkshire breeze above the streets of Harrogate no-one will notice!

We can’t wait for the event now, it will be lovely to look at the finished ‘Tour de Bunting’ and to think “we helped make that”