Richmondshire had a very special visitor last week…. Le Tour Grand Départ Trophy.
The Trophy visited the district councils Mercury House and was shown to Members, staff and the Richmondshire Tour De France Command Centre with all the emergency Services Teams, Mountain Rescue, Highways, MOD and Pennine Events.
It also called in at Tennant’s Auction Centre in Leyburn and Richmond School before moving on to Scarborough.
The official Grand Départ trophy is held each year by the area or city hosting the start of the legendary cycle race. It was created by the Tour de France organisers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and was presented for the first time last year to the island of Corsica which hosted the Grand Départ of the Centenary Tour.
At the conclusion of the race, won by Britain’s Chris Froome, the trophy was officially passed over on the finish line on the Champs-Élysées by President of the Executive Council of Corsica Paul Giacobbi to Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity who led the bid to bring the Tour de France to Yorkshire.
With less than 66 days until the world’s largest cycle ride arrives in Richmondshire the excitement is building. Richmondshire will welcome ‘Le Tour’ as part of Stage 1 of the Grand Départ on Saturday 5 July 2014. Cyclists will ride along 48 miles of the districts roads, through the stunning Dales countryside including a breathtaking ride across the iconic Buttertubs.
Photo: Cllr Rob Johnson and Cllr Russell Lord and L-R Cllr Fleur Butler, Tony Clark, Cllr John Blackie and Cllr Clive World