Events already taking shape for ‘Tour De Tod’

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins , the 2012 Tour winner
Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins , the 2012 Tour winner

A logo, website and a first event pencilled in have got Todmorden’s bid to make the most of next year’s Tour De France coming to the Calder Valley under way.

Co-ordinated by the Tourist Information Centre, the group now has a name - Tour De Tod - and already businesses, community groups and individuals have come forward with ideas that are shaping into a programme.

The centre’s Cynthia Murray said a steering committee had now been set up which would meet on a monthly basis.

“Everybody was really up for it, we couldn’t stop people talking! There were a lot of views and a lot of enthusiasm. We couldn’t involve everyone on the steering committee but if anyone is desperate to be on it please get in touch with us via the information centre,” she said. A logo is being designed by Creative Graphics and a website, built by Aegis Designs, will hopefully be online within the next week at www.tourdetod.co.uk.

“A ‘countdown clock’ is being designed by Harmsworth Townley and we are hoping it will be placed in a town centre position,” said Mrs Murray. “We have got a draft list of events which we will hopefully finalise shortly and we are aiming to begin with a low-key cycling event in September with events beginning in earnest a hundred days from the Tour, building up to the race itself in a year’s time.”

There was still plenty of scope for people to get involved, for example providing quirky or unusual stories about the town which could be included in the “yellow book” - a press pack given out to journalists from throughout the world who will be arriving in Yorkshire to cover the event on July 5 and 6, 2014. These are often picked up on by commentators and although the route goes through Cragg Vale they frequently refer to neighbouring areas.

“We are also still looking for people who might have accommodation - a spare room, a caravan or somewhere where one could be parked, a driveway, a field,” she said.

On any of the above matters the information centre in Burnley Road is a central port of call and anyone wishing to organise an event can also contact them for help and advice.