Cyclists in Huddersfield hope to feel the impact of the Tour de France long after the world’s top riders have left town.

They say the event has already had a positive impact and hope that continues for a long time.

Terence Hudson, of Huddersfield Star Wheelers, said: “The Tour de France is the pinnacle of the sport of road racing, like the World Cup is for football.

“It’s the biggest free to access sporting event on the planet and to put it into context, for a cycling fan, it would be like having the World Cup played on Leeds Road playing fields, with you being able just to turn up and watch right on the touchline, and in comparison to Holme Moss, you’d be able to stand on the pitch and watch, but don’t kick the ball.

Huddersfield Star Wheelers have a long tradition of road racing and time trialling disciplines which feature in the Tour de France, both in terms of organising local events and competing. For the Star Wheelers, to have the Tour de France rolling over the roads we ride on our club rides will be very special, and given a large number of us will be at Lane Farm at the foot of Holme Moss, we’ll not only be close to the action and absorbing the amazing event, but we’ll also be working with the farmer to provide secure bike storage for the visitors to the iconic hill that is Holme Moss.

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“The real importance for Huddersfield Star Wheelers is the positive impact the entire event has had on Huddersfield, in terms of riders on the roads and road safety, and non-riders getting involved and turning the whole town into an amazing vibrant show of how grand Huddersfield really is.

“Longer term we hope more people will ride locally, consider joining their local cycling club, join group rides, and enjoy riding the route of the Grand Départ. It will be fantastic if we get visitors from further afield spending some of their hard earned cash, not already invested in their expensive carbon fibre bikes, in the cafés and bike shops in and around Huddersfield.”

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