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Le Tour route joy for Haworth Main Street
7:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in Tour de France – Grand Depart 2014
Haworth’s historic Main Street has been selected to form part of next year’s Grand Depart cycle race route, according to organisers.
News of the street’s involvement followed yesterday’s official launch of the 2014 Tour de France in Paris.
Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council chairman, Councillor John Huxley said: “It will make for very spectacular pictures of Haworth around the world, and will add to the colour of the whole occasion.”
Iconic Main Street’s inclusion in the race on July 6 next year had hung in the balance due to the challenge its recently-repaired cobble setts will pose to the field of world-famous riders.
This year’s Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, this week admitted he has concerns about riding cobblestoned roads.
But speaking ahead of the official announcement, Welcome to Yorkshire – which led the winning bid to bring the Grand Depart to the county – said the race is planned to head down Bolton Road in Silsden, passing Keighley Golf Course on the A629, before turning into Skipton Road to head through the centre of Keighley, moving to Haworth and skirting the edge of Oxenhope.
Coun Huxley added: “Even though Main Street’s setts are a lot smoother than they used to be, it’s going to be an interesting, steep challenge for the cyclists, though I’m told they do ride on similar types of street on the continent.”
As part of the build-up of Le Tour fever, more than 100 pupils from Stanbury Village Primary School were taken to Project Hollywood on Monday to get a flavour of the event’s magnitude. The initiative comprises a 10ft Hollywood-style sign on the hillside above Shaw Lane in Oxenhope, designed to promote stage two of the race.
Pupils were joined by a group of French musicians called Zep, who were visiting the school as part of its art week.
Headteacher Graham Swinbourne said: “I wanted to start raising the profile of Le Tour with the children.”
Project Hollywood is being developed by the Workers Educational Association and Northcliffe Environmental Enterprise Team, both of which are working with the Worth the Tour community organisation.
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