Communities gear up to welcome Tour de Yorkshire trophies
Published on Wednesday, 27th February 2019
Communities across the county are getting ready to welcome the official Tour de Yorkshire trophies ahead of their own tour, which starts this week.
Both the men’s and women’s trophies will visit each of the start and finish locations on their travels, making an appearance at schools, leisure centres and iconic venues along the way. A variety of events and activities are planned across the eight host towns and cities.
The trophies will follow the route of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire, visiting: Doncaster on Friday 1 March; Selby on Tuesday 5 March; Barnsley on Wednesday 6 March; Bedale on Thursday 7 March; Bridlington on Monday 11 March; Scarborough on Tuesday 12 March; Halifax on Wednesday 13 March; finishing in Leeds on Friday 19 March.
Sir Gary Verity DL, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “The Tour de Yorkshire Trophy Tour is always a popular event and a great opportunity for communities to start to build the excitement ahead of the upcoming race. There are plans for the trophies to visit various schools as part of the tour which will give a lot of children a chance to see them with their own eyes - it might even inspire the next generation of cycling stars!”
The gold-plated trophies were designed and made by hand at world leading trophy makers Thomas Fattorini Ltd, which was founded in 1827 by Antonio Fattorini - an Italian speaking immigrant who settled in Yorkshire.
The trophies will be transported to each venue in one of Welcome to Yorkshire’s branded BMW’s, supplied by Global Autocare, complete with the iconic yellow ‘Y’ attached to the roof.
Each host local authority has made arrangements for the tour and will alert media to activities while the trophies are in their areas.