The Tour de Yorkshire trophies were shown some seaside hospitality when they visited
Scarborough will once again host the race’s stage three finish on Saturday 5 May.
The trophies toured places of interest along the route, including the giant Ray Lonsdale sculpture ‘High tide in short wellies’ on Filey seafront. They also visited the location of the finish line in Scarborough North Bay to see some fabulous Honda Goldwing trikes, which will take part in a parade along the seafront as part of the pre-finish entertainment.
The official charity partner of Tour de Yorkshire 2018 is the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and money raised over the four-day race will go directly towards the lifesaving service the air ambulance provides to five million people across the whole of Yorkshire.
Polly the Paramedic and Percy the Pilot from Yorkshire Air Ambulance visited Filey Junior School in their Helivan, where the children were treated to a fun assembly. The trophies were on display and everyone enjoyed learning about the race from Alan Rowley, the official trophy chaperone from Welcome to Yorkshire.
Later, at Overdale Community Primary School in Eastfield, Scarborough, children donned t-shirts spelling S-C-A-R-B-O-R-O-U-G-H and rode bikes provided by the school for Bikeability training.
County councillor Carl Les, leader of North Yorkshire County Council said: “We’re really keen for local businesses to take advantage of the opportunities that the tour brings and it’s great to see Scarborough and Filey getting behind the race and supporting the trophy tour.
“The tour this year is set to be another great event and we know the benefits to North Yorkshire will be enormous, both immediately and in the long-term.”
Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, councillor Derek Bastiman, said: “Once again, the trophy tour has created a great amount of excitement ahead of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. People of all ages enjoyed seeing the impressive trophies up close and school children had lots of fun learning about the race and getting out on their bikes.
“Our focus now is on delivering a great race stage in our borough, to ensure that we provide the very best atmosphere and entertainment for spectators and help to deliver an excellent race experience for the pro-riders and their teams.”
The Tour de Yorkshire starts in Beverley on Thursday 3 May and finishes on Sunday 6 May in Leeds, where the winners will be crowned.
With just over a month to go before the event, work is well under way on the final 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. Full details of the roads affected will soon be on the county council’s website www.northyorks.gov.uk/tour.
The Tour passes near 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 three stages can be found at http://letour.yorkshire.com/.