Tour de Riddlesden follows the Grand Depart

Wharfedale Observer: Pictured after finishing the Tour de  Riddlesden fun run are, from left, Joshua, Zac and Elspeth Cansdale.

10:19am Thursday 17th July 2014

FIRST there was the Tour de France -- then came the Tour de Riddlesden!

Haworth shop prospers from worldwide Tour coverage

Wharfedale Observer: Pam Howorth who runs Oh La La in Haworth

10:19am Thursday 17th July 2014

WORLDWIDE TV coverage during the Tour de France has brought enquiries from across the globe to a Haworth shop.

Saltaire Tour de France-themed art bikes stolen

Wharfedale Observer: One of the Tour de France art installations stolen in Saltaire

3:01pm Monday 14th July 2014

POLICE have appealed for information after two Tour De France themed art installations were stolen from the streets of Saltaire.

Dancers and Singers thrill crowds at the Ilkley Hub Festival

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11:43am Saturday 12th July 2014

SINGERS and dancers from the Joze School of Performing Arts - 63 in total aged from eight to 32 - surpassed themselves at the weekend with a 40 minute mini version of We Will Rock You, performed to crowds at the Ilkley Hub Festival.

Froome falls and heads out

Wharfedale Observer: Chris Froome fell three times on the roads of France (AP)

2:56pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Defending champion Chris Froome has abandoned the 2014 Tour de France after a third crash in two days.

Live STAGE 2 LIVE BLOG: The Tour de France heads through Addingham, Silsden, Keighley, Haworth, Stanbury and Oxenhope

Wharfedale Observer: Cathedral

8:10am Sunday 6th July 2014

More than a million spectators lined the route from Leeds to Harrogate yesterday for the Grand Depart and a million more will be out in force on stage two today as the Tour de France peloton once again snakes it's way through the Bradford district on its way from York to Sheffield.

Nibali triumphs on Sheffield stage

Wharfedale Observer: Italy's Vincenzo Nibali claimed the second stage victory in Sheffield (AP)

4:47pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali launched a late attack to win stage two of the Tour de France in Sheffield on Sunday and claim the race leader's yellow jersey.

Cav 'devastated' to be out of Tour

Wharfedale Observer: Mark Cavendish spoke to the media after revealing his Tour de France was over

11:28am Sunday 6th July 2014

A devastated Mark Cavendish ruled himself out of the Tour de France after suffering a shoulder injury in a crash on Saturday's opening stage to Harrogate.

STAGE 1 LIVE BLOG: Tour de France riders race through the district as hundreds of thousands line Grand Depart route

Wharfedale Observer: LIVE BLOG: Tour de France riders head for the Bradford district as thousands line the Grand Depart route

8:48am Saturday 5th July 2014

Thousands line the route of Stage 1 of the Tour de France, as the world's greatest cyclists race from Leeds to Harrogate via Harewood, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Otley, Ilkley, Addingham and Skipton

Boy airlifted to hospital after being hit by Tour convoy vehicle

3:48pm Saturday 5th July 2014

Police have revealed that a boy was injured when he was hit by one of the Tour De France convoy vehicles in Ilkley this afternoon.

Thousands cheer on Tour de France riders as Grand Depart passes through Bradford district

Wharfedale Observer:

2:49pm Saturday 5th July 2014

The Grand Depart of the Tour De France has passed through the area for the first of two visits this weekend, with riders cheered on by tens of thousands of well wishers.

Centre of Skipton transformed for Grand Depart

Wharfedale Observer:

6:15am Saturday 5th July 2014

The centre of Skipton has an unfamiliar look to it this morning.

Cavendish crashes in dramatic finish to stage one of Tour de France

Wharfedale Observer:

4:58pm Saturday 5th July 2014

MARK Cavendish's bid for the yellow jersey ended in a heap as the Manxman tumbled to the tarmac in a dramatic conclusion to the opening stage of the 101st Tour de France in Harrogate.

Froome revels in Tour support

Wharfedale Observer: Chris Froome is hopeful of delivering British sporting success

6:12pm Friday 4th July 2014

Chris Froome will do his utmost to help British sports fans overcome a disappointing summer by winning a second successive Tour de France title this month.

Otley buzzing with excitement on eve of Tour de France Grand Depart

Wharfedale Observer: Otley Town Council's Tour de France logo (7864252)

11:54am Friday 4th July 2014

THE streets of Otley were buzzing with a palpable sense of excitement on the eve (today, Friday) of the Tour de France Grand Depart coming through the town.

Yorkshire set for Grand Depart

Wharfedale Observer: The 21-stage, 3,664-kilometres route starts in Leeds on Saturday

12:23pm Friday 4th July 2014

The 101st Tour de France begins in Yorkshire on Saturday with Mark Cavendish bidding for the yellow jersey at the end of day one and Chris Froome aiming to be in possession of it three weeks later in Paris.

Brailsford reflects on Wiggins call

Wharfedale Observer: Sir Dave Brailsford has admitted that it was hard to leave Sir Bradley Wiggins out of the Tour de France

8:17am Friday 4th July 2014

Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford has admitted that e xcluding Sir Bradley Wiggins from the 2014 Tour de France was "horrible".

Huge Yorkshire welcome for the Tour de France as crowds cheer riders at Grand Depart opening ceremony

Wharfedale Observer:

10:39am Friday 4th July 2014

BRADFORD pop star Kimberley Walsh helped kickstart a weekend of celebration at the official opening ceremony of the Tour de France last night.

It's here! Cycling fever pitch as the Tour de France weekend arrives - Allez Ilkley!

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10:20am Friday 4th July 2014

AFTER 18 months of waiting, the weekend when the world’s biggest cycling race and the most watched annual sporting event on earth finally arrives in Yorkshire.

Craven district 'ready' for arrival of the Tour de France Grand Depart

Wharfedale Observer:

7:56am Thursday 3rd July 2014

CRAVEN is fully prepared for the Tour de France and looking forward to reaping the benefits for years to come.

Airedale Hospital staff get into the spirit of the Tour de France

Wharfedale Observer: left to right - Amanda Lowdon, Natasha Hunn, Kelly Baxter, Samina Bi, Joanne Parker, Karen Hayton, Jodie Hearnshaw and Shaun Milburn (front on the bike)

2:06pm Friday 4th July 2014

A team of workers at Airedale Hospital got into the Tour de France spirit by dressing up in different coloured jerseys.

Tour de France art project with Addingham Primary School

Wharfedale Observer:

11:07am Friday 4th July 2014

CHILDREN at Addingham Primary School have, this morning, delivered a massive art project on their school field to celebrate the Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

Cyclists take on tweed for vintage ride

Wharfedale Observer: (7831971)Ilkley Parish Council chairman, Councillor Andrew Walbank (second from left) joined riders from Ilkley Cycling Club and the Clarke Foley Centre for the first Ilkley Traditional Country Ride

11:44am Friday 4th July 2014

CLASSIC cycling attire was donned in Ilkley on Thursday [[July 3]] in sharp contrast to the figure-hugging high-tech gear worn by Tour de France riders.

Otley's pubs say Allez Le Tour!

Wharfedale Observer: Tony and Melanie Grey,  the landlord and landlady of The Junction Inn accepting their French banner. Left to right: Tony Greg, MP Greg Mulholland, Melanie Grey, and Otley Pub Club committee member Andrew McKeon.

6:11pm Friday 4th July 2014

All of Otley's pubs have 'gone French' to celebrate the imminent arrival of the world's most famous cycling race.

First Ilkley Town Centre Cycle Races a big hit as thousands line streets

Wharfedale Observer: Ilkley cycle races: Cycling family l to r Francesca, 7, Isabel, 9 and Charlie Maona from Ben Rhydding

10:06am Friday 4th July 2014

WITH just days to go now until the Grand Depart hundreds of spectators turned out to watch Lizzie Armitstead star in the inaugural Ilkley town centre races on Tuesday evening.

Froome shocked by Impey news

Wharfedale Observer: Chris Froome is preparing for the start of the Tour de France

2:54pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome expressed his dismay after discovering his friend and former team-mate Daryl Impey had tested positive for drugs as the cycling world descended on Yorkshire for the Grand Depart.

Tour de France arrives in the UK

Wharfedale Observer: All 198 The Tour de France riders will take part in a city centre parade before appearing at the opening ceremony event in Leeds

8:12am Thursday 3rd July 2014

The Tour de France arrives in the UK tonight as all 198 riders in the world's most famous bike race take part in a city centre parade before appearing at the opening ceremony event.

Unusual departure at Leeds Bradford Airport with Tour de Runway

Wharfedale Observer: Tony Hallwood (centre) joins Leeds Bradford Airport's staff, airlines and business partners for 'tour de runway'.

1:55pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Leeds Bradford Airport had a rather unusual departure this morning as cycling teams took off across the runway in a swarm of yellow for their event ‘tour de runway.'

Housing association makes car park available for Tour de France spectators

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1:39pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Incommunities is making car parking available at its Shipley base this weekend for the Grand Départ in support of the housing group’s growing youth charity work.

Goose Eye Brewery brews up a new Le Tour tipple

Wharfedale Observer: Dave Atkinson and his son Joe Atkinson at Goose Eye Brewery, Keighley, where a special Tour de France beer has been produced

1:23pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

A FIRM based on the edge of Keighley has become the latest brewery to mark the Tour de France by bringing out a celebratory new beer.

Tour de France banner stolen from outside Ilkley business

Wharfedale Observer: The banner outside Westwood Lodge that was stolen

1:32pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE owner of self-catering accommodation Westwood Lodge in Ilkley has appealed for the return of a large Tour de France banner stolen from outside his property.

VIDEO: 'Skeleton Steve' gets on his bike at Ilkley osteopaths for Tour de France

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12:10pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

ONE Ilkley firm has been catching the eye of passers-by with its unusual Tour de France themed display.

Scott Thwaites shrugs off Tour disappointment

Wharfedale Observer: Scott Thwaites is taking a break

9:39am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Scott Thwaites has shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on a ride in the Tour de France to focus on his next big challenge.

VIDEO: Otley cycling fans thrilled by Lizzie Armitstead race victory ahead of Grand Depart

Wharfedale Observer: Otley road race 2014. womens GP race with Lizzie Armitstead with Dame Sarah Storey  (7815576)

10:25pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

LIZZIE Armitstead wowed a 20,000-plus record crowd after winning the Women’s Grand Prix at the 29th annual Otley Cycle Races.

Villagers in Cononley knit Tour jersey bunting

Wharfedale Observer: Cononley Primary School pupils, parents and staff knit over 200 "Tour De France " Jerseys which will be hung as bunting around the school . Picture shows Grandma Joyce Wade with pupils and parents who knit some of the bunting. (7685464)

8:49am Thursday 3rd July 2014

MUMS and grandmas of pupils at Cononley Primary School have been busy knitting jersey bunting to celebrate the Tour de France.

Tour De France road closures in the Skipton area

Wharfedale Observer:

8:35am Thursday 3rd July 2014

RESIDENTS and visitors to the district have again been urged to make sure they are aware of exactly which roads will be closed for the Tour de France's Grand Depart.

A-level student produces Tour artwork

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8:04am Thursday 3rd July 2014

A-LEVEL art student, Alice Vaughan, from Addingham, has received her first commission - to produce two Tour artworks for Ilkley butcher David Lishman’s Reet Grand Party on Saturday.

Birdcage wins Tour de France window dressing competition

Wharfedale Observer: Pete Williams presents the trophy to Pamela Hainsworth, volunteer, on behalf of the manager Mark Fletcher.  Also in the photo are volunteers Hannah and Jenny and judge Declan Hayes

7:51am Thursday 3rd July 2014

BIRDCAGE at the top of Skipton High Street is winner of the yellow jersey in the town's chamber of trade Tour de France window competition.

Giggleswick School welcomes special Tour visitors

Wharfedale Observer: Tour De France legend Bernard Hinault

7:37am Thursday 3rd July 2014

WITH the Tour de France's Grand Depart just days away, Giggleswick School welcomed two special visitors on Monday.

Scott Thwaites shrugs off Tour disappointment

Wharfedale Observer: Scott Thwaites is taking a break

9:38am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Scott Thwaites has shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on a ride in the Tour de France to focus on his next big challenge.

Cake designer is the Tour's best Keighley window dresser

Wharfedale Observer: Keighley Mayor Councillor Sally Walker and town-centre manager Phil Smith prepare to judge window displays with, from left, Joanne Smith-Travers of Personal Ice and Hellen Jennings and Sophie Dearden of The Flower Shop

8:42am Thursday 3rd July 2014

A CAKE design shop has won a competition to create the best window display in Keighley town centre.

Craig unveils his Tour de France sculpture in Haworth Park

Wharfedale Observer: Haworth sculptor Craig Dyson, who has created a work out of 2p pieces

8:39am Thursday 3rd July 2014

A COPPER coin globe Tour de France sculpture will be unveiled on Saturday in Haworth Park.

Prudhomme excited for Tour start

Wharfedale Observer: Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity brought the Tour de France to Yorkshire

6:52pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme predicts the Yorkshire Grand Depart will result in another major boost for cycling in the UK, similar to the one seen after London hosted the same event in 2007.

Join the Grand Depart-y with events along the Tour de France route

Wharfedale Observer: PLAYING A PART: Lizzie Armitstead is attending the Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling, held as part of the Tour de France Grand Depart, at Harewood House in Leeds

11:01am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

The Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling will run at Harewood House during the Tour de France's opening stages this weekend

VIDEO: Lizzie Armitstead wins Otley Women's GP ahead of Grand Depart

Wharfedale Observer:

9:44pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Lizzie Armitstead delighted a bumper home crowd in Otley tonight by winning the Pinsent Mason Women's Grand Prix.

Pregnant Haworth woman worried over being trapped by Tour de France road closures

Wharfedale Observer: EXPECTING: Mum-to-be Leanne Quinn in Haworth

7:02am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A MUM-TO-BE in Haworth is anxious she could be trapped by the Tour de France as it whizzes past her door on Sunday.

The sky’s the limit for cycling hero Chris Froome

Wharfedale Observer: YORKSHIRE CLIMB: Last year’s Tour de France winner Chris Froome (front right) rides alongside Richie Porte as they climb the cobbled hill at Haworth during a recent practice run for this year’s Grand Depart

7:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

He’s an instinctive rider capable of rising off his saddle and blowing a race apart.

Brownlee brothers: Why Tour de France is coming to the best place in the world

Wharfedale Observer:

6:30am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Alistair Brownlee summed up in a matter-of-fact and beautifully succinct sentence why Yorkshire is the ideal choice to host the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart.

Cycling route guide: Join in the Tour de France fun with the perfect ride beginners

Wharfedale Observer:

12:47pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

With the Tour de France coming to Craven this weekend, cycling is enjoying something of a resurgence at the moment.

Tourism chief Gary Verity's tour de force

Wharfedale Observer: YORKSHIRE WELCOME: Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire. PICTURE: Stuart Boulton.

12:12pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Gary Verity is very much the Man of the Moment, the man responsible for bringing the spectacle of the world’s largest annual sporting event to the highways and byways of West Yorkshire and the Dales.






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