Monday, 3 March 2014

Symbol of Le Tour de France Visits Sawston

The official Grand Départ trophy is visiting a village college on the route of the world’s biggest annual sporting event this Wednesday (5 March).

Sawston Village College pupils along with local primary school children will come face to face with the trophy during a week long tour of the county celebrating the area hosing the event.

The trophy, commissioned by the ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) who organise Le Tour de France and designed by award-winning French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, is held each year by the area or city hosting the start of the legendary cycle race.

So far the trophy has visited areas of Yorkshire and Essex before coming to Cambridge City and beginning a tour of the county this week.

School children will have a chance to get close to the famous trophy during the event at the Village College and members of the public can also come along between 8.50am to 9.50am, 11.40am to 12.10pm, and 12.40pm to 1.10pm.

Following the tour of schools, clubs and leisure centres throughout the county this week it will continue its journey to London on Friday 7 March.

Cllr Pippa Corney, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member responsible for sports development, said: “The Tour de France coming to the area will be a day like no other, and the Grand Départ trophy visiting will help build the anticipation. The event at Sawston will give young people on the route the chance to come face to face with the trophy and we hope residents will also take up this unique opportunity and visit. Perhaps the year of Le Tour de France visiting the area could be the year you dust off your bike and get back in the saddle?”

Cllr Noel Kavanagh – Cycling Champion at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “It is fantastic to have the Grand Départ trophy coming to Cambridge and the county for a week’s tour. It is a wonderful symbol of Le Tour de France which we were determined to make available for as many people as possible to see. This is why it will be in the Grand Arcade for three days so shoppers, visitors and residents can get the chance to have their photo taken next to the trophy. From there we felt it was essential that we took it to local schools and cycling events across the county so everyone – young and old – could be inspired by it.”

The Grand Départ will race from Leeds to Harrogate on July 5, York to Sheffield on July 6, and a third stage will travel from Cambridge to London on July 7.

Beginning on Gonville Place by Parker’s Piece, the peloton will ride through the city centre, past the world famous colleges of St John’s, Trinity and King’s as they cycle along King’s Parade and Trumpington Street before leaving the city via Trumpington Road.

The peloton will then race through South Cambridgeshire via the A1301 before leaving the county via Saffron Walden and through Essex towards London to finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

Exact details of the route can be found at online at www.letour.yorkshire.com.

In the build up to the arrival of the Tour, detailed information will be given to residents, businesses and visitors regarding the impact of the race on Cambridge and the county. This will be made available online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/letourstage3 www.cambridge.gov.uk/le-tour-cambridge as well as through leaflets, roadshows and events.

Information will also be made available via Facebook: www.facebook.com/LeTourCambridge or Twitter: www.twitter.com/LeTourCambridge.