Grosmont villagers to embrace excitement of Tour

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Residents of Grosmont, led by the Business Group, are poised to embrace the excitement of the first-ever Tour de Yorkshire visit on May 1.

With the 16.9% bank set to challenge the riders and provide an ideal viewing point, it is hoped that the day will prove successful for all involved.

Planning for the event is well under way and the revealing of the Grosmont bicycle sculpture took place last weekend.

This clever sculpture in the Tour de Yorkshire colours was constructed from old bicycles by Phil Naylor and has already generated much interest.

A logo has been created by Chris Geall from the Geall Art Gallery to appear on banners, posters and t-shirts. The cycling event will be shown in its entirety on the Friday on a big screen in the North Yorkshire Moors Railway carpark - paid for by generous donations from businesses in the village, residents and the NYM Railway.

The local shops, pubs and cafes have plans in place to cope with the additional visitors to the village and it is hoped that a great atmosphere will be created as this is a unique opportunity to experience an important international cycling event up close and personal.

To celebrate the event coming to Grosmont there will be a variety of activities taking place.

The North Yorkshire Moors Velocipedes will give demonstrations on a specially laid track in the station car park. The group formed in 2011 and now have four machines which can be seen in operation every November during their rally.

The Commondale Wool Workshop will also be in attendance showcasing their spinning skills.

This group, established five years ago use Wensleydale and Blue-faced Leicester fleece from their own Fowl Green Farm and regularly raise funds for the Hayshed Experience.

There will be additional parking in the village on the sports field and it is planned to have extra seating available on all trains from Whitby and Middlesbrough.

Roads into and out of the village will be closed for a time prior to the arrival of the race and remain closed for a short time afterwards so an early arrival will guarantee the perfect viewing place.