Ready to welcome 150,000 cycling fans to Calderdale


More than 150,000 spectators are expected to arrive in Calderdale for the Tour de France this summer.

With so many people eager to catch a glimpse of the cyclists, Welcome to Yorkshire, working with Calderdale Council, has produced a survey asking people to state where they will be watching the race.

Data collected from the survey will be used to give an idea of which areas in Yorkshire are likely to have the most spectators, helping with traffic control and crowd management.

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a competition to win two tickets to the team presentation event at Leeds Arena.

Coun Tim Swift, leader of Calderdale Council, said: “By completing this survey it will help give Welcome to Yorkshire an idea of the amount of people that will be watching stage two of the race.

“We know that Calderdale residents are very enthusiastic about the race coming to the borough.

“We were one of the top ten authorities for the amount of applications for volunteering roles, so I know there’s a lot of interest in the race, and a lot of people will be planning their viewing arrangements for the big day.”

To complete the survey, visit the Le Tour Yorkshire website,

Preparations are also continuing for the Yorkshire Festival, a 100-day event to celebrate the Grand Depart.

Many events will take place in the upper Calder Valley, including a concert of French music by Cantorelli at Scout Road Methodist Church, Mytholmroyd, on Saturday, March 29, at 7.30pm.

Cantorelli, a Calderdale-based group of eight singers who perform a capella choral music, will be staging the concert just yards away from the start of the climb up Cragg Road, which will form part of the race.

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