Race Ambassadors And Caravan For Tour De Yorkshire

25 April 2016, 06:00 | Updated: 26 April 2016, 09:16

Spectators will be able to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most legendary cyclists at this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.

Race ambassadors will visit key points on the route before the racing starts to pose for pictures, sign autographs and gear the huge crowds up for the race, which starts on Friday 29th April in Beverley.

Brian Robinson, the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour de France, will be joined by one of Britain’s best-loved and most successful cyclists of all time, Sheffield’s Malcolm Elliott,Wakefield’s Barry Hoban, who won eight stages of the Tour de France between 1967 and 1975, Denise Burton Cole, world classrider and daughter of the legendary Morley cyclist Beryl Burton, and Bernard Hinault, the five-time winner of the Tour de France.

They will be driven in cars supplied by Yorkshire-based company JCT600 – the official car supplier of the Tour de Yorkshire
– and accompanied by a vintage Bradford-built Jowett Jupiter car.

They will be following the much-anticipated publicity caravan, which will set off two hours before the racing starts and will also stop at other key points along the route to give away gifts and free samples. 

Taking part in the caravan this year is Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries, the Tour Down Under, the RNLI, Lucy Pittaway,the official artist of the Tour de Yorkshire, Mug Shot and Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Flybe.

Asda and Aunt Bessie’s will also take part on Stage Two.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said:
“The publicity caravan features some of the best-loved brands in Yorkshire, as well as the official Tour de Yorkshire artist and charity, and will provide a welcome and exciting new addition to the race.“

The approximate timings for the publicity caravan are:  
Stage one:
Beverley start (10am), Market Weighton Market Place (10:45am),Leeds Road,Tadcaster, opposite the Heineken Brewery,(12pm),North Street, Wetherby (12:20pm), A59, Knaresborough(12:40pm), Main Street, Ripley(12:50pm), Street Lane, Pateley Bridge(1:15pm)and then on to the finish line in Settle. 

Stage two:
Otley town centre start(12:30pm), Cote de Rigton Banks ummit (12:55pm),Lotherton Lane, near Lotherton Hall (1.20pm), Lumby Hill,Monk Fryston (1:30pm),Pontefract Southgate (1:55pm),Wentbridge House Hotel (2:05pm),Conisbrough Castle (2:45pm),Asda, Harworth (3:10pm),Bawtry High Street(3.20pm) and on to the finish in Doncaster.

Stage three:
Middlesbrough Centre Square(9:10am), Stokesley High Street(10:10am), Northallerton High Street(10:55am), Thirsk market place(11:20am), Cote de Sutton Bank summit(11:30am), Helmsley market square(11:30am),A170,Kirkbymoorside (11:45am),New Quay Road,Whitby(1:10pm),and then on to Scarborough South Bay and the finish line.

The approximate timings for the race ambassadors are: 
Stage one:
Bubwith sprint (11:10am), Cote de Greenhow Hill summit (1:25pm), Grassington, Main Street and Wood Lane junction (1:55pm), Gargrave, High Street and Pennine Way junction(2:20pm), Hellifield, Black Horse Hotel(2:40pm), Giggleswick sprint (3:10pm), and Settle finish(3:25pm).

Stage two:
Barwick in Elmet maypole (1:30pm), Knottingley Social Club and spectator hub(2:25pm), South Elmsall, Doncaster Road and High Street junction (3:05pm), Sprotbrough, Cadeby Road and Boat Lane junction, (3:40pm), Tickhill Market Cross/Buttercross(4:15pm), and Doncaster finish (5pm).

Stage three:
Great Ayton,Captain Cook statue(9:50am), Hutton Rudby village green(10:15am), Hutton le Hole, Ryedale Folk Museum(12:20pm), Castleton, Station Road and High Street junction(12:55pm), Cote de Grosmont summit (1:30pm), East Ayton, Walkers Fish Restaurant (3:00pm), Cote de Oliver’s Mount summit (3:30pm)and Scarborough finish(3:50pm).