Up to £500 for events that promote the legacy of the Tour's visit to Cambridge...

Cambridge County Council is making grants totalling £20,000 for events celebrating the Tour de France’s stop-off in Cambridge.

Anyone planning activities linked to the cycle race, which comes to the city on July 7, can apply for a grant of up to £500, provided they will secure additional funding or community support for their event.

The events should be designed to encourage people to take up cycling and generally advance the legacy of the Tour stage.

Cllr Noel Kavanagh, Cambridgeshire County Council’s cycling tsar, told Cambridge News: “The visit of Le Tour de France to Cambridge and the county next year will be a fantastic occasion. The key for us is to make sure we celebrate the day but also help to support events around Cambridgeshire to ensure the impact of the race spreads far and wide.”

The grants are being awarded in three rounds with application deadlines on January 17, March 7 and April 11. To apply, click here.

In Yorkshire, Harewood House near Leeds will next July play host to a three-day long event, Yorkshire’s Festival of Cycling, timed to coincide with the Tour de France’s Grand Départ.

The festival – announced this morning, coincidentally on Yorkshire Day – will take place from Friday 4 July to Sunday 6 July.

The grounds of the 18th Century stately home, built for the Lascelles family who still own it, feature on the route of Stage 1 of the race as it goes from Leeds to Harrogate, and there will be big screens so visitors can catch all the action.

There will also be led rides to specific locations on the opening two stages of the Tour, as well as a cycling expo, catering, secure bike storage, and camping facilities.

As we reported late last year, Rapha will also host a festival celebrating road cycling in Yorkshire next July – a long weekend of riding, music, films and food to coincide with the start of the Tour de France.

Rapha Tempest will take place from 3 July until 6 July in the grounds of Broughton Hall Estate near Skipton in North Yorkshire, where Rapha have held their Super Cross event. It sits close to the route of stage one of the Tour, which runs from Leeds to Harrogate on Saturday 5 July, and also within a few miles of the course for stage two, which takes place the following day.

For more information on all events planned around the Tour de France in England, click here.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.


skippy [416 posts] 3 years ago

Would i qualify for a Grant to ride the Le Tour for the 17th consecutive year ?

Could use assistance in FINALLY seeing " Para Athletes " make this journey ! If they can walk to the South Pole , i am sure they are capable of a 100miles a day for a few weeks ?

Obviously they wsould need Supporters but the likes of @TTChamp ( Colin Lynch of Macclesfield ) would enjoy the challenge ?

Ghostie [93 posts] 3 years ago

A 500 quid grant - a miserly amount. Better to blow the entire 20K on one event similar to Yorkshire's rather interesting Festival of Cycling for the Grand Départ. I have also read recently that Cambridge County Council has secured 80K in funding from the Arts Council to enable local artists to design banners to hang from Cambridge University buildings, pipe choral music in the background or dance about to "celebrate" the starting of a stage in the city. Maybe cycling related art, or maybe not. I was going to watch the start in Cambridge but think I'll give it a miss and watch it somewhere else on the route to London.  37

Ghostie [93 posts] 3 years ago

And to add - beyond County Council events, Saffron Walden is having an 80 km sportive the day after the TdF passes through the town that I believe will be on closed roads, riding part of the route, and it's only a tenner.