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Tour Makers confirmed

Tour Makers confirmed

Published at 12:28pm 24th March 2014. (Updated at 5:34pm 24th March 2014)

Thousands of volunteers are preparing for the ride of their life after being selected as the first ever Tour Makers for the Tour de France in the UK.

They will welcome millions of visitors when the Grand Départ races around Yorkshire for two days and a third stage from Cambridge to London.

Almost 12,000 people have been named as successful applicants and will become a Tour Maker.

The ground-breaking Tour Maker project is a first in the history of the Tour de France's Grand Départs.

The next step for volunteers is to complete an online event training module before attending the motivational training and uniform collection days in May and June.

New Tour Maker, Heather Smith, 47, from Wetherby, said: "I am so excited about this opportunity and I'm hoping to be a flag marshal so my friends and family might see me on TV!

"I am very much into cycling and cycle myself - I'm hoping to do the Brownlee Triathlon later this year, so busy training at the moment.

"I've only ever seen the Tour on the TV, so to be part of making it happen will be great.

Amaan Sadiq, 18, from Harrogate, is volunteering alongside his family members and said: "I'm really pleased to be selected as I like to give back to the community, so it promises to be really good.

"I'm really into sports like football, badminton and squash, so hopefully after the event cycling's next on the list! It's going to be so exciting - instead of watching it on TV, I'll be part of it."

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, the agency which led the winning bid to bring the Tour de France to Yorkshire and devised the Tour Maker idea, said: "The response since day one to the Tour Maker project has been unbelievable, with so many people wanting to be directly involved with this historic event.

"This project is now becoming a reality and whatever role a Tour Maker plays, wherever that is, they can say for years to come 'I was there and I helped make it happen'."

Tour Maker roles include wayfinders at transport hubs, route marshals, flag marshals and crossing marshals along the route.

Volunteers will be allocated roles by TDFHub2014Ltd which is delivering the Tour Maker programme.

Chief Executive Nicky Roche said: "I'm delighted that we now have our 12,000 Tour Makers for Stages 1, 2 and 3.

"The team look forward to working with them and getting to know them over the next few months as they go through the training process.

"The standard of applications was incredibly high, and I know that come July we will have a team of incredible, talented Tour Makers ready to welcome the world to the Tour de France in the UK."