Get­ting ready for Le Tour

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

POOR weather seemed to put many peo­ple off at­tend­ing the Tour de France road­show in Ash­ford on Sun­day.

Ash­ford town cen­tre co­or­di­na­tor, Viv Kenny, said de­spite a poor turnout, the event in the Lower High Street was well re­ceived.

Var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions took place, in­clud­ing a chance to win six months’ free mem­ber­ship at The Stour Cen­tre.

An on­go­ing com­pe­ti­tion, whereby peo­ple must spot yel­low T-shirts sport­ing the slo­gan “Don’t miss it” in shop win­dows, runs through­out May, with the chance to win a trip to Paris to watch the fi­nal leg of the tour.

Other fun and games tak­ing place on Sun­day in­cluded a Bikes and Pieces con­test to see which team could as­sem­ble a bike quick­est, and demon­stra­tions by the Ash­ford Wheel­ers Cy­cling Club.

“We want to en­cour­age peo­ple to come to Ash­ford to watch the tour,” said Mrs Kenny.

“Kent County Coun­cil es­ti­mate 40,000 peo­ple will be com­ing to the area for July 8.”

The event was sup­ported by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Stour Cen­tre, South Kent CTC cy­cling or­gan­i­sa­tion, Ash­ford Wheel­ers, Kevin Pit­field (mo­bile bi­cy­cle re­pairs) and Si­mon Allum of Sus­trans.

The Tour de France Road- show has been trav­el­ling around the UK and is pro­mot­ing the UK start of the Tour which passes through Kent, on Sun­day, July 8.

The event co­in­cides with the Ash­ford Jazz Fes­ti­val and the Euro­pean mar­ket which run over the week­end.

On the day of the tour, there will be a free chil­dren’s play­bus and street theatre en­ter­tain­ment.

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Dave Roe, Chris Pilkington, Ray Firth, Ian Bur­ton and Steve Clarke of Ash­ford Wheel­ers Cy­cling Club

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Ash­ford Wheel­ers demon­strate their pedal power

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