Schoolchildren have enjoyed an art session inspired by the Tour of Britain cycle race, which will see top international cyclists racing past their school almost as soon as they return after the summer holiday.
Stokesley-based artist Garth Bayley, who has a reputation for his cycling paintings and drawings inspired by events such as the Tour de France and Tour of Britain, spent time with pupils at Helmsley Community Primary School to help them create their own cycling-inspired art.
North Yorkshire will host stage four of the national Tour of Britain on Wednesday 7 September.
Garth Bayley said it was great to get involved with the school, particularly since next term pupils would be able to watch the race go past their building.
“For me, painting is not always about the serious stuff, it’s about having fun, and hopefully that is what I have inspired in the children,” he said. “When you start having fun with drawing, you can produce great artwork.
“For me, getting involved with the Tour of Britain has been really exciting, because I can inspire youngsters through the sport and through painting. It’s all about creating a community feel and getting everybody involved.”
Claire Lamb, the executive headteacher of Helmsley Community Primary School, said the children and school community were really excited to be part of the Tour of Britain.
She added: “To have the chance to cheer on the pro cyclists across the finish line at Duncombe Park is a rare and truly inspirational opportunity.
“Not only will the children experience such a fabulous occasion, they have had the opportunity to work alongside a local artist. This was a brilliant chance for the children to demonstrate their creativity and learn some new skills.
“They also got very messy and had lots of fun! The artwork will take its place at the finish line for everyone to see.”
There is still time for communities to become involved in creating art to welcome and celebrate the Tour of Britain.
The race organisers, SweetSpot, are inviting community groups, schools, businesses and landowners along the route to enter a land art competition. Land art has become a tradition of the Tour of Britain and has been embraced during previous cycling events in North Yorkshire, from the Tour de France Grand Départ to the UCI Road World Championships.
The winning entry will be chosen after the race. The winners will receive a trophy, and there will be two runners-up. See full details of the land Art competition.
Executive member for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Simon Myers, said: “Bringing events like the Tour of Britain to North Yorkshire is all about involving our communities and celebrating our county.
“It’s great to see a local artist sharing his skills with children who will have an opportunity to follow up on the fun of their art session by watching the race pass their school when they return in the new term.
“I hope everyone who can will take the opportunity to involve themselves in this major, free sporting spectacle, whether by going out to watch it, decorating their towns, villages, homes and businesses or helping to create a piece of land art that could be seen by millions of television viewers around the world.”
Stage four of the race will begin in Redcar then pass through Whitby before heading into the North York Moors National Park. The final 30 kilometres will feature the demanding climbs of Carlton Bank and Newgate Bank – both two kilometres long – before descending to the finish at Duncombe Park at Helmsley.
Details of the estimated times of the racers’ arrival at points along the route have now been published to help people to decide when and where they can watch the race and to plan their travel on the day.
We will implement rolling road closures, which means closures are likely to last no longer than 30 to 45 minutes to minimise disruption. See full details of race timings and estimated road closures.
Cllr Myers added: “We will work closely with our partners and, using our experience of major races in the county, will help to ensure the event runs smoothly to offer maximum enjoyment and cause minimum disruption to everyday life.”
The 2022 Tour of Britain will start in Aberdeen on Sunday, September 4, and finish on the Isle of Wight on Sunday, September 11. The full route is:
- Stage one – Sunday 4 September - Aberdeen to Glenshee Ski Centre
- Stage two – Monday 5 September - Hawick to Duns
- Stage three – Tuesday 6 September - Durham to Sunderland
- Stage four – Wednesday 7 September - Redcar to Duncombe Park, Helmsley
- Stage five – Thursday 8 September - West Bridgford to Mansfield
- Stage six – Friday 9 September - Tewkesbury to Gloucester
- Stage seven – Saturday 10 September - West Bay to Ferndown
- Stage eight - Sunday 11 September - Ryde to The Needles
ITV4 will broadcast live flag-to-flag coverage of every stage and a nightly highlights show, allowing fans in the UK to watch wherever they are. The race will also be shown in more than 150 countries worldwide, thanks to the event's partnerships with Eurosport and the Global Cycling Network.
More of Garth Bayley’s art can be seen here and will be on show at the stage finish at Duncombe Park.