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Publishers seek Yorkshire Tour De France spectators for new book

19 June 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Stories and photographs needed

Three budding publishers with a passion for cycling are looking for local Tour de France spectators to share their photographs and stories of this year’s Tour as it begins in Yorkshire for the first time.

Beth Greenwood, Susanne Bertinshaw and Carola Kahl are all MA Publishing students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston. The trio are producing a book entitled Britain’s Journey to the Tour, charting the Yorkshire Grand Départ and the experiences of British cyclists and spectators of the 2014 Tour de France for a book that will be published later in the year.

Beth Greenwood, 21, commented: “We want to show the Tour De France through the eyes of enthusiastic spectators who are witnessing the opening leg of the Tour on Yorkshire soil for the first time. We’re hoping to interview people about their experiences of the Grand Départ and the build-up to the event, find out how far they’re willing to travel to watch the Tour and also share spectators’ photographs in the book.”

The student publishers will also interview volunteers working on the event, travel to France to follow the race and interview French spectators and even test out a stage of a previous Tour themselves, Mont Ventoux, all in the name of the book.

"“We want to show the Tour De France through the eyes of enthusiastic spectators who are witnessing the opening leg of the Tour on Yorkshire soil for the first time."

The student publishers will also interview volunteers working on the event, travel to France to follow the race and interview French spectators and even test out a stage of a previous Tour themselves, Mont Ventoux, all in the name of the book.

“We’re taking a sports scientist from the University who will record how much effort it takes us to ride the mountain and then compare those statistics to last year’s Movistar team to put the talents of these professional athletes into perspective” said Beth.

If spectators of the 2014 Tour de France, particularly those planning to watch the first stages in Yorkshire, want to contact Beth to express an interest in contributing to the book they can email her at BAGreenwood@uclan.ac.uk or visit the book’s Facebook page.

Three other UCLan students are involved in the project; Josh Owen Morris is the book’s primary writer, Laura Shepherd has been appointed photographer and sports science student Julian Pearson will provide support to the three publishers during their Mont Ventoux climb.

Physical copies of Britain’s Journey to the Tour will be published as part of the students’ degree work through UCLan’s own publishing house, UCLan Publishing.

The group is also producing another book alongside Britain’s Journey to the Tour, entitled the Beginners’ Guide to Following the Tour, which will provide a brief history of the event and a guide to the famous jerseys, stages and the teams that take part.

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