Caption: Tour de France champion Chris Froome is backing the Tour Maker scheme
The reigning Tour de France champion has given his backing to the first ever Tour Maker volunteer scheme to run alongside the world’s most famous bike race.
Chris Froome is now encouraging people to put themselves forward to be a potential Tour Maker.
The Tour de France 2013 winner – who is set to return to the UK to defend his title when the race starts in Leeds on July 5 – urged those who still want to get involved, to register before the December 31 deadline.
Froome said: “I’d say to everyone ‘come and become part of it’. The Tour is like a big carnival and this is your chance. It’s really exciting that the race is coming to the UK and to be a part of it will be amazing – it’s your Tour!”
In a first for the Tour de France, Yorkshire-based supermarket giant Asda has announced its partnership with organisers Welcome to Yorkshire to recruit, train and provide bespoke uniforms for the final 10,000 Tour Maker volunteers.
Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Nick Clegg this month officially launched the Tour Maker partnership and the call for more volunteers to sign up.
Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council
Tour Maker volunteers are being sought nationwide to cover all three UK stages of the race. The Yorkshire Grand Départ will race from Leeds to Harrogate on July 5, York to Sheffield on July 6, and a third stage will race from Cambridge to the capital London on July 7.
“The eyes of the world will be focused on our region as Leeds hosts the start of the biggest annual sporting event in the world. This volunteer scheme is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for people to play a direct part in Yorkshire’s Grand Depart and I would urge as many people as possible to take the opportunity to sign up.”
Stephen Smith, Chief Marketing Officer at Asda, said: “To have Chris’ backing and encouragement for people to get involved is incredible and what a catalyst for people to sign up. We are proud of our Yorkshire roots and honoured Asda is to be involved in this first for the Tour de France and we can’t wait to get started.”
Tour Makers’ roles could include lining the route, welcoming visitors and supporting the emergency and National Parks services.
Anyone interested in volunteering for any of the three stages of the race while it is in the UK can register at www.letouryorkshire.com/volunteer before December 31.
More details about Yorkshire’s Grand Départ are available online at www.letouryorkshire.com and for Stage Three visit www.letour.2014stage3.com
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