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Iconic Tour de France colours hit road through Yorkshire bicycles

Paul Corcoran, owner of Pennine Cycles, in Thornton Road, Bradford, with two custom bikes made in homage to the Grand Depart. Picture by Gary Longbottom

Paul Corcoran, owner of Pennine Cycles, in Thornton Road, Bradford, with two custom bikes made in homage to the Grand Depart. Picture by Gary Longbottom

Le Tour’s famous yellow, green, polka-dot and white jerseys are being immortalised on two wheels by a Yorkshire firm.

A range of handbuilt custom steel-framed cycles made by Bradford-based Pennine Cycles has been produced to celebrate the arrival of the Grand Depart from Yorkshire on July 5 and 6.

The family-run firm, which has been building bikes for 68 years, has even produced a one-off cycle for Gary Verity, chief executive of tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire, who is credited with helping to bring the iconic race to the region.

Mr Verity’s unique Pennine combines all four of the Tour de France jersey colour schemes.

Pennine’s owner Paul Corcoran said: “No matter what people tell you, it’s a one-off – I can’t see it coming back and it’s for everybody to make the most of.”

The 54-year-old, who is originally from Armley, started out his working life as a mechanic but after selling his car and buying a bicycle, fell in love with riding. He soon bought a second-hand Pennine bicycle and went in search of the bike shop, before befriending co-founder Johnny Mapplebeck, managing the shop and eventually buying it outright 18 years ago.

 

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