Thousands of volunteers from all over the world have been chosen to make Le Tour a reality in Yorkshire this summer.
Almost 12,000 Tour Makers will welcome millions of visitors when the Tour de France Grand Depart rolls into the region on July 5 and 6, and then makes its way from Cambridge to London on the July 7 stage three.
The groundbreaking volunteer project is a first in the history of the Tour’s Grand Departs and will see newly-confirmed volunteers marshal spectators, crossings and transport hubs during the iconic cycling event.
Heather Smith, from Wetherby, will join fellow Tour Makers in taking part in online event training before attending training and uniform collection days in May and June.
The 47-year-old said: “I am so excited about this opportunity and I’m hoping to be a flag marshal so my friends and family might see me on TV. I am very much into cycling and cycle myself – I’m hoping to do the Brownlee Triathlon later this year.”
Volunteer Vijay Dayalji, 28, from Bradford, added: “I thought it was amazing when I found out – I was completely shocked.”
Tour Makers have been enlisted from all over. Tour Maker and French student Elena Perousse, 21, who is studying tourism at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “I’ve seen the Tour every year on TV for the last 10 years and been to the last three or four final stages in Paris, so I know first-hand how massive it is.”
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Whatever role a Tour Maker plays wherever that is, they can say for years to come ‘I was there and I helped make it happen’.”
Nearly 30,000 people initially registered their interest to become Tour Makers. Visit www.letouryorkshire.com.