Villagers in West Tanfield are gearing up for the visit by some of the world’s top cyclists next weekend – when the Tour de Yorkshire passes through.

It is the second time the small community has played host to an international cycling race having been a major player in the Tour de France in 2014, when not only did the cyclists pay a visit but so did members of the Royal family.

For the 2017 event the village will see both the men’s and the women’s race come through on Saturday April 29 – the women are due around 11.20am and the men just over four hours later at around 3.55pm.    The Tour de Yorkshire caravan of promotional vehicles is expected to arrive around 75 minutes earlier than the men – at 2.40pm.

There will be a host of events staged in the village – organised by the West Tanfield Fund.   They take the form of a ‘village gathering’ with market and food stalls, children’s games and a big screen playing the day’s races.   A hot air balloon will be tethered over the village and a special land art beacon lit as the men’s race crosses the bridge on their way to the Harrogate finish.

Local people will also take part in the village’s annual soap box challenge race – and there is a ‘led’ cycle ride for families to enjoy.  Members of Hambleton District Council’s leisure team will be leading the ride which sets off from the Village Hall at 12 noon     All ages and levels of ability are welcome.

“Once again West Tanfield is on the route of this exciting race and the community is embracing the visit,” said organiser Stephen Bennett.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the riders and local people who want to come and watch the race unfold.”

There will be free parking – signs indicating where it is will be erected before the event.

For more information on the Tour de Yorkshire check out letouryorkshire.com.

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