Welcome to Yorkshire needs volunteers to help it put on opening days of 2014 Tour de France

London 2012’s army of Games Makers took levels of enthusiasm among volunteers who make big sporting events tick to new heights last summer, and Welcome to Yorkshire, which is organising next year’s Grand Départ of the Tour de France, is looking to rekindle that spirit as by recruiting thousands of Le Tour Makers for the event.

If you want to get involved, all you have to do at this point is fill in your details on the Le Tour Yorkshire website and they’ll get back to you at the appropriate time. Don’t forget that one of the stages starts somewhere near London – the smart money is on Cambridge – and finishes in the capital.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, explained: “The Games Makers were a huge success in London 2012 so we are looking to emulate and build on that when the eyes of the world are on Yorkshire in 2014.

“We are looking for a team of passionate volunteers who will help us to create the best ever Grand Depart in the history of the Tour de France,” he added.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.