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Leeds Bradford Airport to host its first ever runway cycle race to mark Grand Depart

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme waves the French flag as he arrives for the 2014 Tour de France Yorkshire route announcement at Leeds and Bradford Airport last year.

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme waves the French flag as he arrives for the 2014 Tour de France Yorkshire route announcement at Leeds and Bradford Airport last year.

The runway at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is being turned into a cycle track for the first time in its 83-year history to celebrate the Tour de France’s arrival.

A one-off Tour de Runway will see up to 50 staff from the airport, its business partners and airlines ride a 3km loop as the complex goes yellow in the build up to the Grand Depart from Yorkshire on July 5 and 6.

The inaugural event has been timed to coincide with the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Wear it Yellow Day on Thursday July 3, where individuals are encouraged to don yellow and donate £1 each to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Aside from the take off of the Tour de Runway, the airport also has plans to set up yellow floral displays with help from RHS Garden Harlow Carr, while staff and runway riders will wear yellow as we bid to turn Yorkshire yellow.

LBA has already stated that extra flights are to be scheduled from France, while carriers including KLM and Jet2.com are increasing services to Leeds in time for Le Tour.

Tony Hallwood, LBA’s aviation development and marketing director, said: “Leeds Bradford Airport is looking forward to celebrating the Grand Depart of the Tour de France with our own Tour de Runway on Thursday July 3.

“Enthusiastic airport staff across nine airlines and business partners will be cycling a flat 3km course and turning LBA yellow for the day in celebration of the world largest sporting event coming to Yorkshire.”

The colourful push comes as we urge people to get involved in our vibrant #yellowyorkshire campaign, which asks readers to send in their yellow pictures and stories to embrace Le Tour’s landmark visit culminating in our Wear it Yellow Day celebration. The world’s greatest cyclists will ride from Leeds to Harrogate for stage one of the Tour de France on July 5, before rolling from York to Sheffield the following day.

The likes of Thornhill Community Academy, Primley Park Dentistry, KPMG Leeds, Revolution Viewing, Leeds St James’ Hospital, Barclays Huddersfield and Mousie Browns Hair & Beauty are among those to pledge to Wear it Yellow so far.

To sign up to take part in Wear it Yellow Day email info@yaa.org.uk or to send in your yellow stories email jonathan.brown@ypn.co.uk.

 

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