Getting ready for Le Tour
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.
Dave Roe, Chris Pilkington, Ray Firth, Ian Burton and Steve Clarke of Ashford Wheelers Cycling Club
Ashford Wheelers demonstrate their pedal power