The world’s greatest cycle race coming to Yorkshire will put the region on the map.

And the leader of Kirklees Council believes it will help bring future investment too as the world sees what we have to offer.

Clr David Sheard insists Huddersfield and Kirklees will get more out of the Tour than a weekend of events: “The Tour de France is a one-off, it goes all over the world and it probably won’t come to Kirklees again, so this is a once-in-a-lifetime event for us.

“You look at the people bidding against us, everyone wanted it and we’ve got it and I think in Kirklees we should take as much from it as we can.

“We’d be daft to miss the chance to put Yorkshire on TV in front of millions and show off the region.

“Millions of people will be watching, but for us this is about more than just the cycling, it’s about showing what Yorkshire has to offer and what we can do, so that when a business is thinking about where to build a new factory they might see Yorkshire and come here.

“It might help bring investment in, it’s what the whole City Region is about, showing what we can do to attract investment.

“So when people ask why we’re putting so much time and effort into it, it’s about the long-term picture for us.

“It will be a wonderful day but it will also be a wonderful legacy and we have to take every opportunity from it.

“We’ve got beautiful countryside, it’s a great place to live and work and if we can host the world’s biggest cycle race and pull it off then we can achieve other great things too.”

Clr Sheard is used to being on two wheels, but not the cycling kind. The keen motorbiker says he understands why people enjoy being out on two wheels: “It’s the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground.

“You can get closer to the action, to the countryside, to the smell and feel of everything, there’s nothing like it and I think people, whether they’re on a pushbike or a motorbike, would agree.”

Sir Rodney Walker, who hasd headed the Tour de France organisers, said: “You can sense the level of excitement really building now as we count down the final days and hours to the start of the Tour de France.

“All of the final pre-event plans are now being put into action so I’m delighted to be able to say we are ready to deliver a historic spectacle for huge audiences at the roadside and those watching around the world to enjoy”.

Find out what time Le Tour is in Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Calderdale and Leeds

Check out Le Tour route though our area in pictures here

Click here to see which Huddersfield and Holmfirth roads are closed for Le Tour and what parking restrictions are in place

There's more to the Tour de France Grand Depart than cycling - see all the supporting events in Kirklees here

Tour de France 2014: Watch the action at Huddersfield's spectator hubs  

Ready for the Grand Depart? Test your Tour de France knowledge with our cycling jargon quiz and Le Tour locations quiz

For more Tour de France news and information click here