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Le Tour Ripon Planning
Wow! After months of hard work, it’s all finally coming together.
The 100 mile Le Tour Ripon Sportive is set for the 13th July. Setting off from Ripon Racecourse and taking in the Grande Depart route itself, with Greenhow Hill thrown in for good measure!
We have a confirmed allocation of a big screen to be located at the south end of the market square adjacent to the Town Hall. This was always part of our plans but while we originally hoped to raise the necessary money through fundraising, the screen has now been provided by the Council. This is a great gesture and boost for the city and will help make Ripon a focal point for tour visitors and the local community. It is anticipated to have the screen in the square from Friday until Sunday of the Tour weekend.
The screen will have great appeal and we understand the need to fully utilise this as a draw to locals and tourists alike. As well as a live feed from Tour Stage 1 and 2, we have been asked to show a family friendly film on the Saturday evening after the 1st stage has finished. There is currently a thread on our Le Tour Ripon Facebook page:
Around our obligations we are working on a list of short cycling related films to fill in the gaps, especially on Friday night. We are open to suggestions here, if you have a favourite, please email the Le Tour Ripon Planning Group at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our films so far:
The Flying Scotsman – The 2006 biopic about double world champion and former Hour record holder Graeme Obree
- A Sunday in Hell – Covering the emotion and drama within the 1976 Paris Roubaix, a Spring Classic and probably the world’s toughest 1 day race.
We understand the need to keep an audience entertained, we intend to create an amphitheatre around the screen for those that want to sit and view the action. It is likely that the normal car parking on the north of the market square will be in operation over the Tour weekend. This will leave the north end available for entertainment.
Market Square North
We hope to stay away from the conventional Ripon entertainment of a temporary fairground. We would like to create an event that will attract, young and old, families and people from local communities and further afield whilst keeping a cycling theme.
So far we have booked:
A traditional French market
- The Smoothie Bike Company. Make a fresh fruit smoothie whilst pedalling a stationary bike.
- Rollapaluza. Do battle on a fixed roller trainer. With an MC provided this event should be great fun for participants and spectators alike.
Don’t forget to keep in touch with Le Tour Ripon, the Planning Group can be contacted by the following means: