The Tour de Yorkshire winners’ trophies toured the Borough of Scarborough today (Tuesday, March 12), where they visited a local school, a bike bank which is helping change lives through cycling and a distillery making Yorkshire’s first ever whisky.
Scarborough will host the finish of Stage Three of the men’s race and Stage Two of the women’s race, on Saturday, May 4. The riders will start in Bridlington, before cycling through Hunmanby, the North York Moors, Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby with a nail-biting sprint finish along the seafront in Scarborough.
Scarborough is one of three stage finishes being hosted in North Yorkshire during this year’s race.
On Tuesday, the gold Y-shaped men’s and women’s trophies were taken to Hawsker-cum-Stainsacre Church of England VC Primary School at Hawsker, Whitby, where children were learning about cycle safety.
The trophies then moved on to the Yorkshire Bank Bike Library, housed in a former Victorian prison in Scarborough.
Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries accept donations of unwanted bikes, which are then repaired and restored and given to people in need of a bicycle.
People who have been helped by the Scarborough library include Josh, who was referred to the scheme when he was identified as in need of support. He was looking after his mother and three brothers at the time and was socially isolated and frustrated. Part of the help he was offered included a bike from the bike bank. This, along with other support, helped give him a sense of independence as well as understanding that people are willing to invest in him and support him.
Manager of the bike library, Rob Brown, said he and other volunteers had already helped a number of other people enjoy the independence of cycling and were keen to pass on their enjoyment of cycling for the benefit of the local community.
He said: “The bike library gives us an opportunity to take that love of cycling and pass that on to other people who aren’t in a position to go out and buy a bike. It gives them a chance to cycle and to enjoy what we have gained over a lifetime of cycling.”
The trophies’ final visit of the day was to the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery at Hunmanby, near Filey, where cycling enthusiasts and other members of the community were invited to view the trophy and have their pictures taken with it against the backdrop of the copper stills and oak whisky casks.
The distillery is creating Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky, using locally and sustainably produced barley and spring water from the family farm.
Janet Deacon, Scarborough Borough Council Tourism and Corporate Marketing Manager and Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire said: “Scarborough borough is privileged to be hosting the Tour de Yorkshire for the fifth time this year. The tour of the stunning trophies is a great way to create excitement amongst local communities of all ages ahead of the race in May. It was lovely to see so much enthusiasm for the Tour de Yorkshire and cycling in general from everyone who came along.”
Matt O’Neill, Assistant Director of Growth, Planning and Trading Standards with North Yorkshire County Council said: “The return of the Tour de Yorkshire in 2019 provides a great opportunity for North Yorkshire to offer a warm welcome to the race and its followers and to highlight the fantastic work of some of the County’s most innovative businesses and organisations which are thriving in the area.”