Gearing up for the Tour de Yorkshire!Published Friday, 9th March 2018
Residents are being invited to get into the spirit of the Tour de Yorkshire – as the race passes through a number of Rotherham villages for the first time this year.
Stage 2 of the race, on Friday 4 May, will pass through Wentworth, Swinton – which is hosting an exciting sprint section – Kilnhurst and Hooton Roberts, as the riders make their way from Barnsley through Conisbrough and the Dearne Valley to finish in Ilkley.
Both the men’s and women’s races will follow the same route through the borough, although start times have not yet been confirmed. A detailed route map can be viewed on the official Tour de Yorkshire website.
Members of the public are being encouraged to get involved – race organisers are encouraging local people to get creative by producing “land art” near to the race route.
Businesses, landowners, farmers, schools and community groups are being asked to put their artistic brains together and come up with eye-catching art works – past efforts have included giant bicycles in nearby fields or even decorated church spires.
Or if you can’t run to something on that scale, bicycle-themed bunting is also welcomed – with a competition for “Best Kept Village” also underway. In some areas of Yorkshire people have also previously placed blue and yellow bicycles along the route to create an eye-catching display!
“I’m really excited and pleased to see this major cycle race coming through our area for the first time ever,” said Cllr Taiba Yasseen, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Cultural Services and Neighbourhood Working.
“We’ll keep local residents updated of any road closures nearer the time, but in the meantime I hope everyone gets into the spirit of the event – we would love to see some fabulous land art creations in the borough!”
If you want to take part in the Land Art competition, please check permission with local landowners and ensure the local community is happy with your plans. For more information on how to get involved with Land Art or Best Dressed Village, see the website.