Mayor Bolt in lost bike airline saga

Mayor Bolt in lost bike airline saga

MAYOR of Kirklees Martyn Bolt wants compensation from Easyjet after they ‘lost’ his bike ahead of a major cycling event.

Coun Bolt (Con, Mirfield) arrived in France last week to find the budget airline had left all his gear behind at Manchester Airport.

He and a team of riders travelled to promote Yorkshire, which hosts the start of next year’s Tour de France.

They were among 11,000 riders who cycled the 130km route from the town of Annecy in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-east France.

But Coun Bolt and four members of the team had to borrow bikes when their kit was left behind.

They also had to buy new gear, including pedals and jerseys, costing hundreds of pounds.

The team was already paying for trip from their own pockets and so want Easyjet to reimburse their extra costs.

Coun Bolt said: “The majority of our group arrived to find our equipment was still in Manchester. We’re in talks with the airline about it.”

He completed the race well though, finishing 6,165th in a time of about seven-and-a-quarter hours.

The route, which featured a daunting climb to the finish at a ski station with an altitude of 1,655m, is stage 20 of this year’s Tour de France.

Called L’Étape du Tour, the event allows amateurs to experience a Tour de France mountain stage under race conditions.

The Tour de France comes to Yorkshire next year, with Kirklees forming part of the route for the ‘Grand Départ’.

Coun Bolt was invited by tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire as part of a team promoting the 2014 event.

He said: “I have always celebrated cycling in this country and I jumped at the chance to get in the saddle and represent Kirklees.

“I think it’s of the greatest importance to really celebrate Kirklees and what we will bring to the Tour de France next year.”

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