Todmorden’s preparations for the Tour De France’s arrival in the upper Calder Valley next year have moved up a gear with the launch of a website.
Designed by Shaun Murray, of Todmorden based Aegis Design, the Tour De Tod site will be added to and updated as more and more events are firmed up ready for the world’s biggest cycle race’s arrival in Yorkshire in July 2014. Additionally, Creative Graphics of the town have designed the group’s logo, pictured right.
A Tour De Tod steering committee has now begun work on organising a range of events to mainly run in the spring and summer months leading up to the Tour, which will be in the county on July 5 and 6 and which the committee hopes will bring economic benefit to Todmorden not just in the days and weeks around the race but also as a lasting legac.
It is an ideal opportunity to put Todmorden in the shop window while potentially thousands of visitors are in the area.
Cynthia Murray, of Todmorden Information Centre Trust, which is working with the steering group said the website was interactive with the facility to leave your e-mail address to be regularly updated.
And it also contains a countdown clock, telling you exactly how much time there is to go before thousands of people descend on the valley to watch, cover, ride in or just soak up the atmosphere of the big race.
It is planned to soon include cycling routes around Todmorden on the site.
“Our Tour De Tod website - log on to www.tourdetod.co.uk - is now up and running. We’re planning to include some cycling routes around Todmorden hoping people will look at it, go out and think ‘I’ll go and ride that’,” she said.
“We can’t stress how many people will be coming to the area from all over the world to watch the race and looking for somewhere within easy striking distance like Todmorden.
“We’re beginning to think of things to entertain both visitors and local people alike.
“If you have got a spare room, or a spare drive way where someone could park a caravan or some land where they can pitch a tent, let us know and we can help. You can call in at the Information Centre in Burnley Road and pick up a leaflet which explains what to do - it’s fairly simple. Accommodation is already booking up fast.”
The Todmorden News is also to start running a hard copy version of the clock in its pages from the first September issue.