French festivities are set to take over Yorkshire communities as Tour de France fever kicks up a gear later this month.
Yorkshire Grand Depart bid leader Welcome to Yorkshire is urging residents and businesses across the county to get involved with La Fete du Tour on May 31 and June 1.
The annual weekend festivities see communities across the race routes in France organise cycle rides, picnics and walks, and organisers want God’s Own County to get involved.
Mass bike rides, events riding the Tour routes and French-inspired bake sales are some of the activities already signed up to honour the world’s largest annual sporting event’s upcoming arrival in Yorkshire on July 5 and 6.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “This will be the first time the UK has engaged with La Fete and is the perfect opportunity for communities along the route to celebrate their part in this historic sporting moment and build momentum before the race.”
Across the county events are springing up including Le Petit Depart from Skipton on June 1, which will see keen cyclists ride 78 or 33mile sections of the Leeds to Harrogate stage one route, and Wilsden Beer Festival on May 31, which will see visitors to Wilsden Village Hall enjoy Yorkshire beers and French wines.
Gill Greaves, founder of not-for-profit cycling firm Streetbikes, has organised the Real Community Tour of Yorkshire mass ride led by Brian Robinson, the first Briton to win a Tour de France stage in 1958, in Huddersfield on May 31. She said: “There’s no better way to engage people than through a community ride.”
Event organisers will have access to a Fete logo and are being encouraged to tie their events in with Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Visit letour.yorkshire.com/news/join-the-grand-départy for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your event.