Letter: Events - Don’t associate town with cycling

Marcel Kittell wins the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France in Harrogate. Picture Bruce Rollinson
Marcel Kittell wins the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France in Harrogate. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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Once again professional race cycling is making the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

As is the norm there are suspicions of foul play and cynical cheating. Ca plus ca change, this has been a regular occurrence for the last forty years.

Why on Earth the borough council views this most tainted of sports as a vehicle for tourist promotion is difficult to fathom. Associating the town of Harrogate with a sport that has such a terrible reputation for malfeasance sends all the wrong messages to our youngsters.

We are told that hosting the Tour de France yielded significant economic benefits for the town. Unfortunately all I have heard from our elected representatives are shallow anecdotes rather than credible analysis based on audited data.

When public funds are dispersed, there should be clear records of how they were used. Until audited figures are produced by the borough council for the total expenditure associated with hosting the Tour de France, I shall assume that the town made a significant financial loss.

If finance is available, I would welcome the construction of new safe recreational cycle paths which could be enjoyed by all.

John White

Rossett Green Lane, Harrogate