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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Cycle link discussed

A cycle link between Stokesley and Great Ayton is the theme of a discussion this month.

The Stokesley and Villages Community Partnership’s annual meeting on 13 July at 7.30pm will hear from Mary Seaton, the region's Sustrans cycle network development officer who is working with locals to turn the concept into reality.

Mary will explain how similar community-led schemes have been completed successfully elsewhere in the country.

The meeting is being held at the Stokesley and District Community Care Association at Town Close and is open to all residents from across the area.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Planning chiefs consider green holiday village proposals

Plans for a green holiday village between Great Ayton and Stokesely which developers say will help transform the local tourism economy go before Hambleton district council planners today (Thursday 23 June).
Artist's impression of the cycle centre hub.

If approved, Angrove Country Park will feature 179 chalets in an environmentally sustainable development. The scheme includes plans for fishing ponds and a central hub with a café and cycle hire.

The development will create around 160 new jobs on the site and in the local economy, with the increase in visitor numbers expected to deliver around £5.6m of spending to Great Ayton and a cumulative economic impact of £24.4m per year.

Situated on the Coast to Coast cycle route, the development will help ensure that the Endeavour Way cycle route between Great Ayton and Stokesley, becomes a reality.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Bike libraries scheme causing chain reaction with new lending sites

Catterick Garrison and Scarborough are the latest North Yorkshire sites chosen to help expand a bike library service so that more youngsters have the opportunity to cycle.

Adam Yates and the Yorkshire bike libraries van.

The project, launched as a Tour de France legacy, boasts a total of 31 libraries across the county.

The project sees unwanted bikes donated at one of the county’s donation stations where they are fixed and available to hire for free. A total of 3,500 bikes have been donated to the Yorkshire Bank-backed scheme.

Helen Page, of Yorkshire Bank, said: "We are delighted to support the set-up of additional Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries across the county. Giving more children an opportunity to have access to a bike is something we feel passionately about.”

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity said: “I am thrilled to see how successful the bike libraries have become since the very first one opened in Leeds last year, and I hope they will continue to inspire and excite young people across the county.”

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Monday, 2 May 2016

Tour success puts region into top gear to become cycling heartland

What an event! Cycling and tourism chiefs were today hailing the Tour de Yorkshire a huge success after more than two million spectators turned out to cheer on the riders during the three-day event.
Winner Thomas Voeckler and a packed Thirsk town centre.
Photo courtesy of
The success prompted head of the Tour de France Christian Prudhomme to comment that the county was fast becoming the heartland of cycling.

He said: “There have been huge crowds, huge enthusiastic crowds who respect the riders. The Tour de Yorkshire is on the podium for being one of the best bike races in the world and for me the best public for cycling in the world.

“The people of Yorkshire have passion and pride. I love what the Tour de Yorkshire has done for children who are watching this on the route and at the start and finish lines. These are memories that those children will never forget.

“The passion is growing and growing and Yorkshire is fast becoming the heartland of cycling.”

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Welly-come to our town, says Helmsley as tour plans get under way

Helmsley folks are planning to make visitors wheely welly-come when they arrive in the area for the Tour de Yorkshire cycling spectacle.

The town will put on a Yellow Welly Trail – raising funds for the tour’s charity of choice, the RNLI. Families will be encouraged to find the hidden yellow knitted wellies to win a family pass to either The National Centre for Birds of Prey the Walled Garden.

The race will head directly through the town on Sunday 1 May around 1.24pm. The tour’s publicity caravan will also stop in the market place ahead of the cyclists, handing out freebies, at around 11.30am.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Young Daisy ensures that museum's new café makes the cut

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity has performed the official opening of a new café in the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes with a little help from a local youngster.

Making the cut .. Daisy performs the opening with help from Sir Gary Verity.
Sir Gary cut the ribbon at The Firebox Café with six-year-old Daisy Allenby whose mum and dad – Stage 1 Cycles owners Helen Pollard and Mike Allenby – started the business and are running it on a franchise basis.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Plan ahead, cycling spectacle organisers urge residents and visitors

As the county gears up for the second Tour de Yorkshire, folks are being urged to plan head.

With the countdown under way and race timings confirmed, the county council is working with transport partners, schools, businesses and district councils on road closures for the cycling spectacle.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Tour de Yorkshire organisers unveil key timings for cycling spectacle

Organisers have revealed the full race timings and ceremonial starts for the Tour de Yorkshire
Millions of spectators are expected to line the route of the three day men’s race and one day women’s race held from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May.

North Yorkshire is the scene for part of Stage One and Stage Three of the cycling spectacle. It gets under way at 11.50am in Beverley, East Yorkshire, on Friday 29 April before crossing into North Yorkshire with key points including Tadcaster at 1.50pm, Knaresborough at 2.22pm, Greenhow Hill at 3.02pm.  From there, riders will visit Grassington at 3.20pm and cross the finish line at Settle for the first time at 4.06pm, before completing a circuit through Giggleswick and the stage finale at Settle at 4.26pm.

Saturday’s Stage Two sees riders heading from Otley to Doncaster while, for Sunday's Stage Three, the action begins in and around Middlesbrough before racing to the finish line in Scarborough via Thirsk at 12.51pm, Sutton Bank at 1.06pm, Blakey Ridge at 1.54pm, Grosmont at 2.46pm, a sprint at Whitby at 3.06pm, Robin Hood’s Bay at 3.23pm, Harwood Dale at 3.44pm and Oliver’s Mount at 4.16pm. The riders will cross the line at 4.25pm.

A number of events and festivals are being held by communities across the county to celebrate the race including Stokesley, Monk Fryston and Hillam, near Selby, Sutton Bank and Danby.

A full schedule and race timings can be viewed online at The three columns represent slow, medium and fast times.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Gearing up for the Tour de Trophy

Photo by 
Simon Wilkinson.
Communities in Scarborough and Settle are gearing up to welcome the official Tour de Yorkshire trophy which goes on tour after Easter.

Each local authority will have on loan the Y-shaped trophy ahead of race weekend and plans include visits to schools as well as events in start and finish towns.

The trophy will be touring throughout April and calls in at Scarborough on Wednesday, April 13, and Settle on Wednesday, April 20 as well as taking in towns in East and West Yorkshire,

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Get shirty with these TdY jerseys

Cycling fans can start their countdown to May's Tour de Yorkshire by buying the new commemorative jersey and official merchandise.

The short sleeve jersey features the Yorkshire rose, the names of each host town, the Tour de Yorkshire logo and a distinctive Y pattern.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Tour de Yorkshire wheeled in £50m economic boost, says study

More people have been inspired
to cycle, according to the research.
New figures show that the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire boosted the local economy by £50m.

Independent research showed that over race weekend in May spectators spent more than £20m on accommodation and almost £30 million on items such as food and drink, souvenirs and transport.

The research, announced by Welcome to Yorkshire, shows that 1.5 million spectators lined the roads over the three day race, with many watching more than one stage.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity said: “These are tremendous figures for the first edition of the Tour de Yorkshire.

"To generate £50m on race weekend and attract many visitors to the county just demonstrates how popular cycle racing in Yorkshire has become and how valuable hosting the races is to our regional economy.

“Preparations for next year’s race are coming on well and we can’t wait to announce the full route on 9 December.  The race will be a fantastic event for spectators and will be one that the best riders in the world want to compete in.”

In addition to attending the race, 60 per cent of spectators were inspired to cycle more frequently, and 98 per cent of residents from the host towns felt that the race had been positive for their local area.

A fifth of spectators were visitors to the region.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Another big Tour de Yorkshire role for beautiful county

The start and finish lines have been announced for next year's Tour de Yorkshire. And there'll be plenty opportunities to see the action in beautiful North Yorkshire.

Both Settle and Scarborough will host a start or finish during the event which is staged from Friday 29 April through to Sunday 1 May.

Monday, 6 July 2015

County gets on its bike and bucks national trend

More people than ever are getting on their bikes in Yorkshire a year after hosting the Grand Départ of the Tour de France according to new research,

Statistics from British Cycling reveal almost 5,000 more people in the county are cycling at least once a week, compared to the period before the world spectacle's arrival.

And Yorkshire is bucking the trend while national cycling participation has dropped by 50,000.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Ryedale leaflet is route to great day out

The best routes for rides and rambles in the Howardian Hills now feature in a leaflet for visitors.

The leaflet is being made available by the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ryedale District Council, Castle Howard, Nunnington Hall and the Yorkshire Arboretum.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Ryedale set for cycling grand prix

Racing cyclists from throughout the UK will converge on Ryedale in July to take part in one of the country’s toughest and most exciting challenges.

The Ryedale Grand Prix Cycling Weekend is being staged at Ampleforth Abbey on Saturday 18 July and Sunday 19 July.

The event is organised by British Cycling’s Yorkshire region working with local clubs.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Top cyclists will return and keep our top class race going, says council chief

The world's top cyclists are likely to keep the Tour de Yorkshire race going for years to come, according to North Yorkshire County Council's leader.

The Tour de Yorkshire peloton passes over Whitby's swing bridge.

Councillor John Weighell said the inaugural event had, just like the Tour de Yorkshire, demonstrated the county's capability in hosting top class sports spectacles.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Moors centre hits the saddle for Yorkshire's cycling spectacle

Cycling near Danby Beacon. Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
A cycling-themed family fun day at The Moors Centre at Danby will mark the Tour de Yorkshire, one of the UK's biggest sporting calendar this year.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Scarborough saddles up for the tour

Scarborough is giving a new meaning to the word ‘upcycling’, ahead of the first ever Tour de Yorkshire, which will take place between 1 and 3 May.

With a month to go before some of the world’s top riders sweep through the borough, staff at the council have given more than 20 broken bicycles a paint job.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Marshal your thoughts and help with the next big cycling tour spectacle

Scarborough Borough Council wants to give residents the opportunity to be involved in the Tour de Yorkshire by becoming official volunteers in their area.

Race organiser Welcome to Yorkshire has already called on the services of Tour Makers who helped make last year’s Tour de France a success.

The council also wants to make sure people have the opportunity to be part of Stage One of this year’s eagerly anticipated event on Friday 1 May.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Make most of tour, businesses urged

Free roadshows are being staged by the North York Moors national park and Ryedale and Scarborough councils to help businesses make the most of the Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race when it visits the area in May.

Breathtaking landscape ... a taste of what cyclists can expect when
they take part in the Tour de Yorkshire. Photo by Tony Bartholomew
The events are being held with Welcome to Yorkshire, the region's official tourism body.