£30m cycling boost for West Yorkshire
Next year Yorkshire hosts Le Grand Depart of the Tour De France , Calendar's John Shires is in Corsica for this year's Grand Depart.
Brian Robinson, the first Brit to win a Tour de France stage will keep cycling until at least 2014 - when it starts in his native Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire start of the Tour De France may still be 10 months away, but for one cycling club that was a bit too long to wait.
Around 35 members of the Sheffrec cycling club wanted to experience what the Tour riders will experience next summer and set out to replicate the route of the Grand Depart.
With only minor mechanical problems to deal with but lots of aches and pains along the way, the club managed to complete the challenge and in the process raise cash for charity. Sally Simpson reports.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson discusses funding and preparations for the Grand Depart with Calendar's Kate Walby. The opening two stages for the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire are on July 5 and 6 2014. It will be the first time it has been based in the north of England.
Today’s visit comes as cycling hits a high in Britain. Recent success for elite cyclists includes Sir Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour of Britain last weekend and Chris Froome crowned the Tour de France champion for 2013 earlier this summer.
Jaime Harper, of Sheffrec Cycling Club, looks back on their two-day journey to complete the route of next summer's Grand Depart.
Hugh Robertson, the Minister for Sport and Tourism, visited Yorkshire today to hear how plans for the Grand Départ are progressing and meet key staff who will deliver the start of the world’s most famous cycle race.
He met members of the TDF 2014 Ltd board, staff from Welcome to Yorkshire and others involved including representatives from local authorities and the police. The Minister was later joined by Ilkley Cycle Club members. It is one of the UK’s biggest cycling clubs with over 1,000 members.
Ilkley Cycle Club regularly organises rides for its members across parts of the Yorkshire Dales including sections which will make up the Grand Départ route in 2014.
We speak to members of the Sheffrecc cycling club as they bike the entire route of the Grand Depart. As they reach the 70 mile mark, Jon Wolff tells us how it's going.
Members of the Sheffield cycling club, Sheffrec, took on the entire route of next year's Tour de France Grand Depart at the weekend. We caught up with club member Keith Ainsworth as they took a break in Burnsall.
There are claims next year's Tour de France will leave our police forces facing a 'very difficult position'.
North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says those who bid for the event underestimated the cost, leaving resources stretched.
Julia Mulligan has asked for a slice of the funding promised by the Government to help cover security.
But today one minister slapped that down, appearing to snub Yorkshire's bid. Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand reports.
The cost of policing next year's Tour de France in Yorkshire has been raised by both North Yorkshire's Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan and the Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney.
Three Yorkshire forces will be among those providing hundreds of officers on July 5 and 6 next year to ensure the safety of spectators and cyclists on the opening days of the sport's most famous race.
North Yorkshire Police is responsible for 60 per cent of the route and Julia Mulligan says the event would leave her force with a bill of more than half a million pounds.
Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney earlier raised the issue in the House of Commons - and got short shrift from Sports Minister Hugh Robertson.
Dozens of Yorkshire hotels are cashing in by charging inflated prices when the Tour de France visits the region next year.
A survey by Calendar of 40 hotels and accommodation providers has revealed three quarters of them are increasing their room rates for the weekend of the tour - some are charging twice as much compared with the following weekend.
Now the region's tourism boss has warned hoteliers not to profiteer from the Tour and risk putting people off coming back here in the future. Jon Hill reports.