Video showing off Yorkshire Dales ahead of Tour de France is YouTube hit (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Video showing off Yorkshire Dales ahead of Tour de France is YouTube hit
2:13pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
A VIDEO highlighting road cycle routes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park ahead of next year’s Tour de France has topped 1,300 YouTube views in just six days.
The four-minute film, which features cycling commentator Phil Liggett, was made for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to showcase the huge choice of routes on offer in some of England’s most spectacular scenery.
It was launched last week to coincide with the confirmation of the Tour de France Grand Départ route next year that will see the world’s top cyclists battling it out as they ride through the Yorkshire Dales.
Since then it has been watched by people across the globe, from South Africa to Canada.
Keen cyclist Nick Thwaite from the park authority said: “The video has captured the attention of audiences worldwide which is fantastic – although it’s not surprising considering what this National Park has to offer.
“The fact that it has attracted so many views in such a short space of time emphasises just how much interest there is in cycling in this beautiful part of the country.
“Obviously the Tour de France Grand Départ is fantastic news for all the businesses and communities in the National Park in 2014.
“The video helps to show what is there all year, every year for everyone from professional cyclists to mums and dads out for the day with their children.”
The light-hearted video has been produced by North Yorkshire-based Fridge Productions and features a group of riders cycling along sections of the Grand Départ route – ably assisted by a group of extras that includes rock climbers, some sheep and a border collie.
The video can be viewed on the National Park Authority’s website www.cyclethedales.org.uk/film.
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