Le Tour – the world’s greatest cycling race – is coming to Yorkshire next year. On July 5th The Grand Départ starts in Leeds and covers 390km over 2 days. Eric Hawthorn, Managing Director, Paul Trigg, Global Operations Director and Anthony Chadwick, Sales Director attended a stage of this year’s Tour in Nice. As guests of Welcome to Yorkshire and UKTI the team were on a mission to soak up the atmosphere, experience the scale of the event and generate ideas on how to take full advantage when the Tour visits Yorkshire.
“This visit to the Tour de France 2013 in Nice is a fabulous opportunity for Yorkshire businesses to experience first hand the value that the Tour de France will bring to our region in 2014. In addition to the spectacular scenery and reputation as the UK’s 2nd biggest financial center I see this as a great opportunity to showcase our strengths across a broad range of business sectors. Radio Design, located in Shipley, is part of the “Airedale Digital Corridor” which has a combined turnover equal to that of Cambridge. Yorkshire, boasting 12 Higher Education Institutions and a strong manufacturing history, has a real strength in “Innovative Manufacturing” – turning news ideas into products that are shipped worldwide. The Tour de France Grand Départ Yorkshire 2014 is an opportunity not to be missed and I am delighted to be going Nice with Welcome to Yorkshire and UKTI to learn how we can maximise the benefit to businesses in our region.”
The Grand Départ Yorkshire
Stage 1 – July 5th
Leeds – Harewood – Otley – Ilkley – Skipton – Kettlewell – Aysgarth – Hawes – Reeth – Leyburn – Ripon – Harrogate
Stage 2- July 6th
York – Knaresborough – Silsden – Keighley – Haworth – Hebden Bridge – Elland – Huddersfield – Holmfirth – Sheffield