The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire is returning to North Yorkshire and ahead of this year’s race, the county will again welcome the official men’s and women’s trophies when they go on tour on 16 and 19 March.
The bespoke trophies were crafted by Yorkshire company Thomas Fattorini Ltd in the shape of the county’s famous letter ‘Y’. This year, for the first time, the tour will bring four days of world-class cycling, starting on Thursday 3 May and continuing into the Bank Holiday weekend to the final stage on Sunday 6 May.
On Saturday 5 May, the third stage of the tour, North Yorkshire will host the start in Richmond, the finish in Scarborough, and all of the route. On Sunday 6 May, North Yorkshire will also host more than 70 per cent of the route.
The trophies will visit the start and finish towns for a day ahead of the race weekend itself, visiting schools, community projects and places of interest. On Friday 16 March, Richmond will host the Tour de Yorkshire trophies before they travel to Filey and Scarborough on Monday 19 March.
The trophies will be visiting a number of locations in the towns, including schools, community projects and venues such as ‘The Place’ in Filey (a North Yorkshire County Council community project) and The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond (Britain's oldest working theatre in its original form). The trophies will also be touring places of interest along the route, including the giant Ray Lonsdale sculpture ‘High tide in short wellies’ on Filey seafront and the location of this year’s stage three finish line in Scarborough North Bay.
The leader of North Yorkshire County Council, Councillor Carl Les, said: “We are delighted that so much of the Tour is once more in North Yorkshire, with a start and a finish and a first visit for the race to Filey. We are hoping that the Tour will inspire children to become the next generation of cyclists as it is a healthy and rewarding form of exercise.
“As in previous years, there is a huge amount of work involved in preparations for the race weekend. There will be rolling road closures in place before, during and immediately after the race has passed and these are expected to last for about an hour. Some areas, including the stage starts and finishes, will have longer closures.
“We know the benefits to North Yorkshire from the Tour will be huge, both in the short and long-term and we are working hard to make sure the event is a success and runs smoothly.’’
Full details of the roads affected by closures will soon be on the County Council’s website www.northyorks.gov.uk/tour
The Tour passes many towns and villages, so anyone going to see the race should plan ahead and choose where they want to watch. Full details of the routes of all four stages can be found at http://letour.yorkshire.com/