Put your community on the map for Tour de Yorkshire

There’s still time to sign up for information roadshows which are touring North Yorkshire and find out how to create a piece of land art or put your business on the map for the Tour de Yorkshire.

Great Smeaton sheep

The race takes place in the county from April 30 to May 3 and will take in some of the county’s most iconic scenery, including the Yorkshire Dales and the coast.

Information roadshows are being held by Welcome to Yorkshire, North Yorkshire County Council and other partners for businesses, residents and community groups to find out how to make the most of the internationally-followed race.

As well as advice on making the most of the sporting event, the sessions will include information on the new route, how to become a tour maker, community celebrations and how to take part in the land art and ‘best dressed’ town and village contests.

The next roadshows will take place at;

  • Filey, Monday, March 9, at the Filey Evron Centre from 6pm to 8pm
  • Reeth, Monday, March 9, at Reeth Community Primary School from 6pm to 8pm.
  • Settle, Wednesday, March 11, at Settle Victoria Hall on Kirkgate from 6pm to 8pm
  • Leyburn, Monday, March 23 at The Garden Rooms at Tennants from 6pm to 8pm.
  • Pateley Bridge, Tuesday, March 24, at the Memorial Hall on Park Road from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

North Yorkshire County Council leader, Cllr Carl Les said: “Anyone who would like to see their community to make the most of this event and get involved in the celebrations is invited to attend the roadshows and find out all the different ways they can do this.

“Last year the race attracted a record-breaking television audience of 28 million – well up on the 12.5m who watched in 2018. For all businesses this presents a fantastic opportunity, particularly for those areas recently affected by flooding who want to let everyone know they are well and truly open for business.”

The first day of the race, on Thursday, April 30, will involve a dramatic sweep of the coast, taking in historical highlights including Staithes and Runswick Bay; where two artists colonies were once based, Filey Brigg, where a Roman signal station stood in the 4th century and Hackness, where, according to St Bede, a monastery or nunnery once stood.

Day two of the event will see the men and women’s races travelling through some of the stunning Yorkshire Dales, making its way from Skipton to Leyburn, passing through Reeth and other parts of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. It will pass historical and cultural sites including the Ribblehead Viaduct, built by a workforce of 2,300 men who lived in shanty towns near its base, and Buttertubs Pass, believed to derive its name from the fact farmers would rest there on the way to market and lower their butter into the potholes to keep it cool during hot weather.

The final day of the Men’s Race, on May 3, will see cyclists return to the Yorkshire Dales for part of the route, as they cycle from Halifax to Leeds, taking in Skipton, Pateley Bridge and Masham.

In total the race will visit 160 villages, towns and cities in Yorkshire.

Information on the route is provided, along with details of the, ambassadors’ tour, amateur sportive and the Land Art and Best Dressed contests.

Registration for the roadshows is not compulsory, but people are asked to book a place if they can, to give the organisers an idea of numbers.

Book a roadshow here.

If you are organising a Tour de Yorkshire celebration in North Yorkshire, contact; media@northyorks.gov.uk and the County Council will do its best to include your celebrations in its round-ups.

This story was published 2 March 2020