Harrogate pupils begin Tour de France countdown

Pupils with  Yorkshire's Brian Robinson, the first British rider to win a stage of the Tour de France in 1958 and Dean Downing, current pro-cyclist, were present with Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, who successfully bid to host the Grand D�part and Councillor Keith Wakefield (s).

Pupils with Yorkshire's Brian Robinson, the first British rider to win a stage of the Tour de France in 1958 and Dean Downing, current pro-cyclist, were present with Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, who successfully bid to host the Grand D�part and Councillor Keith Wakefield (s).

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A Harrogate school joined cycling royalty at a Leeds celebration to mark one year until the Tour de France hits Yorkshire.

Pupils from Harrogate High School, the first school to join Welcome to Yorkshire in January, were offered the chance to meet Yorkshire pro cyclist Dean Dowling and Brian Robinson, the first British rider to win a stage of the Tour de France in 1958, as a result of the partnership.

Pupils lined up with those from schools in Hull, Leeds and Otley at the official start line of the Tour de France Grand Départ planned for July 5, 2014.

Harrogate High School headmaster Andrew Bayston said: ““It was a lovely to see our students on what will be the start line of the Tour next year.

“Taking part in the day’s events has kick started the learning that surrounds a global event such as the Tour de France and reinforces our identity as Sports College with excellent opportunities in a wide range of sports.”

Pupils posed for photographs wearing yellow jerseys as they sat on their own bikes.

Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity also attended the event.

Mr Verity said: “July 5, 2014 will mark one of the greatest days in Yorkshire’s long and proud history.

“The Tour de France will put Yorkshire on the map across the world and hopefully inspire a new generation of children to take up the sport and achieve great things.

“That is why it was so wonderful to share this important milestone with them and to see their excitement about the race coming to their county.”

Brian Robinson, 82, made history as the first Brit to win a stage of Le Tour in 1958.

Brian Robinson said: “In 12 months time the greatest cycling race in the world will be starting in my home county of Yorkshire.

“When I rode Le Tour in the 1950s it never even crossed my mind that one day we might be able to bring it home, but we’ve done it and I for one will be very proud to see them riding on the roads I know so well.”

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said: “You can really feel the excitement in Leeds and Yorkshire building towards the Tour de France and Grand Départ next year now, as more and more conversations seem to be quickly steered towards it.”

Each month, we are counting down to Le Tour. If you are organising a ride or have stepped up training with a club, let us know. Call 01423707526 or email alex.johnston@jpress.co.uk

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