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Groups urged to help celebrate Tour de France

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Community groups are being invited to apply for grants to celebrate the Tour de France coming to Cambridge this summer.

A total of £20,000 is being made available to local groups to make the visit of the sporting spectacular even more memorable.

The Cycle Legacy small grant fund has been created by Cambridgeshire County Council to support activities or events linked to and inspired by cycling or the Tour.

To be eligible, Cambridgeshire groups or organisations should put forward activities within their community which will involve and motivate people to create a lasting and positive legacy to mark this historic visit of the race to Cambridgeshire.

Each grant will be up to a maximum of £500 and additional funding or support in kind will be expected.

The grants are being awarded in three rounds and the deadlines for applications for each round are: January 17, March 7 and April 11.

“The visit of Le Tour de France to Cambridge and the county this year will be a fantastic occasion,” said Cllr Noel Kavanagh, cycling champion at Cambridgeshire County Council.

“The key for us is to make sure we celebrate the day but also help to support events around Cambridgeshire to ensure the impact of the race spreads far and wide.

“If you are a group or organisation, which is based in the county, and have an event which is linked to cycling or the race we would like to hear from you.

“While we don’t have a huge pot of funding, we hope the money we are making available will help to make an event or celebration happen so please get in touch.”

For more details on how to apply go to: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/around/cycling/cycle_legacy

The Grand Départ will race from Leeds to Harrogate on July 5, York to Sheffield on July 6, with the third stage from Cambridge to London on July 7.

Beginning in the city’s Gonville Place by Parker’s Piece, the peloton’s route will take it through the city centre, past the world famous colleges of St John’s, Trinity and Kings and along Kings Parade and Trumpington Street before it leaves the city via Trumpington Road.

Riders will then race through the rest of Cambridgeshire using the A1301 before leaving the county, via Saffron Walden, and cycling through Essex towards London to finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

 

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