Ryedale District Council has produced a colourful and comprehensive guide that features maps, race timings, details about the planned entertainment, travel and parking information and other hints and tips about where to enjoy the race. It also tells readers more about the exciting plans for ‘Spectator Hubs’ at Sutton Bank and Kirkbymoorside, which will include children’s entertainment, catering and big screens so that visitors can watch the race live. The guide also contains information about future bike races held locally and the many on and off road cycling opportunities there are in Ryedale’s ‘ideal biking territory’.
Councillor Linda Cowling, Leader of Ryedale District Council, said “With wonderful scenery and cheering crowds in towns and villages along the route, it is easy to see why the Tour de Yorkshire has returned to Ryedale. This Spectator Guide will help our cycling enthusiasts to choose the best locations for watching and provides lots of information to make a great day out or weekend away.”
In addition to the Tour passing through Kirkbymoorside, the town promises to be a popular location as the Tour de Yorkshire is one of three events taking place on race day. Prior to the race arriving, the 14th annual ‘Beadlam Tractor Run’ passes through the town centre, accompanied by Kirkbymoorside Brass Band. The annual 10K race, attracting hundreds of participants, also takes place after the Tour passes through the town. With additional spectator parking laid on for visitors, bouncy castles, stalls and face painting, Kirkbymoorside is an ideal location for enjoying all that day has to offer.
Councillor Chris Dowie, Town Mayor said “This will be a whole community event in Kirkbymoorside. So many groups have been involved in the preparations for the day and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the three flagship events.”
Helmsley and Hutton-le-Hole will also be welcoming the ‘publicity caravan’ and the 18 professional cycling teams, including Team Sky and Team WIGGINS, on Sunday 1 May.
Craig Nattress, Visitor Economy Officer at Ryedale District Council, said: “Our 2016 spectator guide offers a one-stop-shop for local residents and visitors alike. We want to give residents and visitors the best opportunity possible to enjoy the Tour de Yorkshire and a day or weekend out in Ryedale”.
The Spectator Guide can be downloaded at http://www.visitryedale.co.uk/tdy and free copies are available at the Visitor Information Points in Helmsley and Pickering, the Ryedale Council offices in Malton and the libraries in the area.
For real time information on the day, follow the twitter feed @VisitRyedale and for more information on the Tour de Yorkshire, visit http://letour.yorkshire.com/.