Tour de France could spark sports boost in Essex, say council leaders

Halstead Gazette: Leigh-on-Sea based cyclists Joe Giggins and Lloyd Chapman with councillor Ann Naylor Leigh-on-Sea based cyclists Joe Giggins and Lloyd Chapman with councillor Ann Naylor

Council leaders hope the arrival of the Tour will help encourage residents to take up a new sport.

The Tour de France’s Grand Depart trophy, which is held each year by the city hosting the start of the race, was in Chelmsford today, before returning back to Leeds.

It features a brass wheel in two parts containing the engraved names of the starting city.

The race comes to Essex on July 7 as part of a 159km stage from Cambridge to London.

Two Essex riders, Alex Dowsett and Ian Stannard, are likely to take part in this year’s race alongside fellow Brits including Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Ann Naylor, Essex County Council cabinet member for health, said: “Why not see stage three of the Tour de France in Essex as the call to take up a new sport.”

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5:19pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

Why would a quick visit by some elite athletes in a specialist sport encourage normal people to ride cycles on roads not designed to take them? Frankly taking cycles on the road in this country is lunacy.
Why would a quick visit by some elite athletes in a specialist sport encourage normal people to ride cycles on roads not designed to take them? Frankly taking cycles on the road in this country is lunacy. Jack222
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12:57pm Tue 18 Feb 14

andys2tyred says...

The Tdf is a legendary event. This is truly an historic day when you consider all the history (good and bad) that has gone before. That is why the tdf will be an inspiration, just like London 2012. I find Essex roads great to cycle along. Loads more cyclists out these days. It's safer cycling than to walk into your bathroom. Miles and miles of country lanes through the great Essex Countryside. Have been tweetuing Essex CC to perm signpost the route like Yorkshire has already done to encourage tourists. The Womans Tour in May is doing a special deal with Stena to encourage the Dutch over for last stage Harwich to Bury St Edmunds. The millions of cycling mad Dutch should be encouraged to come to Essex. They will love it and probably know nothing about cycling round Essex yet despite only being a ferry ride away. This could really help the local economy as well as inspiring people into fitness. For those who still would prefer to cycle off-road, try Mountain biking, BMX and Cyclo-cross.
The Tdf is a legendary event. This is truly an historic day when you consider all the history (good and bad) that has gone before. That is why the tdf will be an inspiration, just like London 2012. I find Essex roads great to cycle along. Loads more cyclists out these days. It's safer cycling than to walk into your bathroom. Miles and miles of country lanes through the great Essex Countryside. Have been tweetuing Essex CC to perm signpost the route like Yorkshire has already done to encourage tourists. The Womans Tour in May is doing a special deal with Stena to encourage the Dutch over for last stage Harwich to Bury St Edmunds. The millions of cycling mad Dutch should be encouraged to come to Essex. They will love it and probably know nothing about cycling round Essex yet despite only being a ferry ride away. This could really help the local economy as well as inspiring people into fitness. For those who still would prefer to cycle off-road, try Mountain biking, BMX and Cyclo-cross. andys2tyred
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