Fancy helping out at the Tour de France Fan Parks this summer? They’re looking for seven cycling super fans to join their team of Fan Park Ambassadors and help people get into the spirit of the Tour de France.
We’ve mentioned Tour de France Fan Parks a couple of times; they’re free, open-air venues where you can get together with fellow bike fans and watch the Tour on a big screen and take part in a range of Tour-related activities.
To help rev up the Fan Park atmosphere, and spread the word the team behind the Fan Parks will create 21 ambassador roles, for cyclists drawn from all walks of life: cycling fans in the public eye, elite cyclists and members of the public.
Seven ambassadors will be chosen from members of the public who apply through an app on the Fan Parks’ Facebook page.
Fan Parks organisers say they’re looking for “cycling fans whose passion for the sport will come shining through, whose stories about their own cycling will resonate with every type of cycling fan and who will tell the story of the Fan Parks and the Tour itself through blog posts, social media updates and interviews.”
For your truble, you’ll get to be a VIP at the Fan Park of your choice, a pair of Oakley sunglasses, a 12-point fitness ‘MOT’ healthcheck at a Nuffield Health gym and a chance to tell Fan Park audiences your cycling stories through a blog on the Fan Park’s website.
If that sounds good to you, get yourself over to the Fan Parks Facebook page and fill in the form.
The Tour de France Fan Parks will be staged at the following venues:
- West Park Stray, Harrogate: July 3, 4, 5 and 6
- Green Park, London: July 4 (evening), 5, 6 and 7
- International Quarter, Olympic Park, London: July 5, 6, 7
- Trafalgar Square, London: July 5, 6, 7
- Canary Wharf, London: July 24, 25, 26 and 27
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Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
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