The coveted Tour de Yorkshire winners’ trophies have visited a special school in Bedale, where youngsters have developed a keen passion for cycling.
Pupils at Mowbray School were given the opportunity to see the iconic Y-shaped trophies, which toured the Hambleton market town today (Thursday, March 7).
The trophy also called into the town’s station where volunteers from Wensleydale Railway were able to sneak a peak at the gold plated trophies. The railway brings thousands of tourists into the town every year and will form one of the many attractions in the town for visitors to see on the day.
Cycling is so popular at Mowbray School, that a sponsored bike ride is planned to take place this year, which will help raise funds for more specially-adapted bikes and ensure every child within school has the opportunity to take part in a cycling activity.
The school has a range of specially-adapted bikes and trikes, including a tandem for visually-impaired students.
Mowbray uses the bikes in its popular cycling club and after-school mountain biking group and also uses them on a cycle trial within the school grounds.
The trophies were brought to Bedale as part of a Yorkshire-wide tour ahead of the international cycling race arriving in May.
It will be Bedale’s debut as a host location for the Tour de Yorkshire, when it accommodates the finish of stage two of the men’s race on Friday, May 3 and stage one of the women’s race on the same day.
The four-day race takes place between Thursday, 2 May, and Sunday, 5 May, and the two-day women’s race on Friday, 3 May, and Saturday, 4 May.
“We are delighted to be hosting the race in Bedale where businesses, local organisations and community groups are already busy working on a programme of exciting events to celebrate,” said Hambleton District Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson.
“We want to give cyclists and visitors a day to remember – and make Bedale the number one host location for 2019!”
After visiting the station and leisure centre, the trophy was taken to local businesses in the town.
Brand Bedale is a network of local businesses who have joined forces to promote the town and raise its profile. Its members have been hard at work over recent months organising a series of events to celebrate the race arriving in Bedale.
Working with Mowbray School, they are helping organise a series of Makaton workshops in the town, teaching people how to sign phrases which welcome visitors to Bedale and the Tour de Yorkshire.
North Yorkshire County Council leader, Cllr Carl Les said: “National and international publicity like this is a marketing dream. Many thousands of people will see the race and our outstanding scenery and think about coming here themselves for a holiday or short break. But it`s an attraction to local people too, including our school children, who really like to make an event of the event.”
Find out more about the Tour de Yorkshire.