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Countdown to the Tour de France route under way
4:40pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
Keighley district residents are eagerly awaiting next week’s announcement of the finalised route for next summer’s Tour de France Grand Depart.
An outline map of the route was released early this year. The stage two section of the Grand Depart will take in Silsden, Steeton, Keighley, Haworth, Stanbury and Oxenhope on July 6.
However, the event’s organisers say the final proposed route plan – specifying precisely which streets will be incorporated – will not be revealed until the day of the official 2014 Tour launch on Wednesday.
A Welcome To Yorkshire spokesman said the prestigious launch event will take place in Paris. Later that day, a detailed, interactive route map should be made available on the Le Tour Yorkshire website.
Liz Barker, of Worth The Tour, a community group set up to involve as many local residents as possible in the occasion, said there were still a few “question marks” as to where exactly the race will pass through. She said: “I know there is a query as to where the route will be as it passes through Brow, in Haworth, and whether it will go past the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.
“Also, will it being going along Haworth Main Street? People will be excited to hear whether that will happen.”
Keighley cycling enthusiast, Frank O’Dwyer, who has been drumming up interest and enthusiasm for the race in the Keighley area, said: “A lot of people have been keeping their powder dry until they find out where this route is going.
“I think it’s more or less a done deal apart from a few tweaks, but we’re still not really being given a lot of information.”
Mr O’Dwyer, who is a retired engineer from Black Hill, has previously lobbied Tour organisers to see whether the proposed route can incorporate the hamlet of Hainworth.
He argued the race should deviate onto a steep climb up Hainworth Lane before dropping down into Cross Roads, to help create more exciting viewing for fans watching in person or on television.
He also recommended the race’s intermediate sprint should take place while passing through Keighley town centre.