Cycling fans in Richmondshire will be the first to be able to get up close to the Tour de Yorkshire trophies, as the 2020 Trophy Tour starts in Leyburn next week.
This is when the trophies, which will be presented to the winners of both the men’s and women’s races, are brought to all the host locations so the public can see the coveted prizes up close.
Councillor Angie Dale, leader of Richmondshire District Council, said: “Hosting day one of the Trophy Tour in Leyburn is very exciting – we are showing it off to schoolchildren, members of our community groups and business leaders in the town.
“The district is already ramping up plans for our race day on May 1.
“We want the tour in Richmondshire to be one to remember for riders and visitors not just because of the fabulous route they are going to take through our beautiful Dales but the welcome they will receive in our towns and villages, especially at our finish in Leyburn.”
North Yorkshire County Council leader, Cllr Carl Les said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a fantastically popular sporting event which is supported by people of all ages and last year was viewed by a record-breaking audience of 28 million people worldwide.
“The tour celebrates the amazing community spirit that exists in North Yorkshire, as well as our beautiful countryside, towns and villages.
“When we take the trophy to the communities involved in the race, it is always great to see the enthusiasm and excitement for the race.
“The tour this year is set to be another great event, which we know benefits communities and businesses in the county.”
The trophies will visit all eight start and finish locations of the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire beginning on Monday, March 16 in Leyburn.
The following week will see them unveiled in Barnsley on Monday 23rd March and Huddersfield on Tuesday 24th. On Wednesday they will be on view at the Piece Hall in Halifax where the final stage of the men’s race starts before a last viewing in the finish city of Leeds on Thursday 26th March.
Welcome to Yorkshire’s Chief Executive James Mason said: “The Trophy Tour is a great way to build excitement ahead of the bike race and I’m delighted we’re kicking things off in Richmondshire. As it’s the first time Leyburn has been a host town there’s a great buzz about the place.
“The Tour de Yorkshire is so much more than a sporting event, it’s culture, heritage, and a celebration of our county. It brings communities together and hopefully encourages people to either give cycling a go or maybe to take their riding to the next level.
“And if we inspire the younger generation, who knows, we may just see one of them lifting a Tour de Yorkshire trophy for real in years to come.”