Communities across Yorkshire are gearing up to welcome the official Tour de Yorkshire trophy which will be going on tour after Easter.
Each local authority is being lent 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 Doncaster on Monday, April 11, Middlesbrough on Tuesday, April 12, Scarborough on Wednesday, April 13, Beverley on Monday, April 18, Settle on Wednesday, April 20, and Otley on Friday, April 22.
Full details of the trophy’s visit to Middlesbrough will be announced in due course.
The trophy enjoyed a similar tour after its unveiling in Leeds last year. Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Having such a beautiful trophy reflects on Yorkshire itself as well as the race.
“I’m delighted it will be off on its travels and visiting towns and villages along the route before returning to Scarborough on race weekend.”
The trophy, designed and made by hand at world leading trophy makers Thomas Fattorini Ltd, was won by Team Sky’s Lars Petter Nordhaug in 2015. A new addition for 2016 is a women’s race trophy, also being made by Fattorini’s. The women’s trophy will be awarded to the winner of the one-day race which takes place before the men’s stage on Saturday 29 April.
The men’s race promises to come down to a thrilling finale in Scarborough on Sunday, May 1. Organisers will be announcing the teams whose riders will battle it out to raise the trophies in the next few weeks.
Tom Fattorini, Director of Sales and Marketing at Thomas Fattorini Ltd, said: “Being a Yorkshire company it was an honour for us to be asked to make the trophy for the Tour de Yorkshire.
“I look forward to seeing the excitement it brings to local communities before being awarded to the race winner.”
Each host local authority has made arrangements for the trophy’s visit and media will be alerted to activities while it is on tour.