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20140621|How did a county best known for cricket, flat caps and fatty beer, persuade a delegation of Frenchman to award it the first two stages of the world's greatest cycling race? From one-armed time trialists to a cycling mad Michelin starred chef, Yorkshire has a surprising pedalling history.|The bike allowed many to escape the city. Smog left behind. This century-old machine is now visible along towpaths, A-roads, pavements and in parks. They have fashionably slim wheels, signalling a new demographic, the Lycra-clad, peloton-inhabiting, cycling commuter. And West Yorkshire's Ilkley is home to the fastest growing cycling club in the country.|Brian Robinson, the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour, is now 83 but still cycles twice a week.|Simon Gueller - Michelin starred chef, once 15 stone, now a slender athlete who is out on his bike six times a week - welcomed the Tour delegation and cooked the Yorkshire lamb that helped the county win the bid. Cycling has changed his life.|Gary Verity - the CEO of Visit Yorkshire who had the idea to bring the Tour here whilst shaving one morning - is a sheep farmer by trade, but now passionate about cycling and sure to shed a tear when 200 of the best cyclists race into Harrogate to end the first stage.|Cycling is everything to some in the Yorkshire Dales. Beryl Burton was a supreme time trialist, the best all rounder for 25 years. Her daughter Denise and her husband Charlie share their memories of this great woman.|Presented by Hardeep Singh Kohli|Produced by Barney Rowntree|A Hidden Flack production for BBC Radio 4.