Bay enters into the Tour spirit

Tour de Yorkshire riders leave Whitby behind them as they head towards Hawsker on their way to Robin Hood's Bay
Tour de Yorkshire riders leave Whitby behind them as they head towards Hawsker on their way to Robin Hood's Bay

Residents in Robin Hood’s Bay and Fylingthorpe turned out in force to show their support for the Tour de Yorkshire this afternoon.

After leaving Whitby in its wake, the Tour peloton headed through Hawsker and down into Robin Hood’s Bay, into Fylingthorpe and up Sledgates onto the A171, where it made its way towards the finish line in Scarborough.

The sun shone and the watching crowds made plenty of noise as the leading pack surged up the steep ascent out of Fylingthorpe, a Team Sky rider in pole position.

Queen’s hit ‘Bicycle Race’ blared very aptly through loudspeakers outside one Fylingthorpe residence, and cyclists high-fived spectators by the side of the road as the peloton made it’s way through the village.

A number of households along the route went to town with decorations, and painted bicycles, bunting and even a giant Lance Armstong cut-out were on display for all to see.

Elsewhere, local cyclist Colin Armstrong, who has competed in the saddle for both Great Britain and Yorkshire in the past, exhibited a selection of his cycling jerseys at Fylingthorpe Tennis Courts.

Graham Irving, chairman of Fylingdales Parish Council, said that the Tour passing through Robin Hood’s Bay and Fylingthorpe had brought the local community together in celebration.

“The village as a whole was so excited by the Tour, everyone came together to celebrate it,” he told the Whitby Gazette.

“With the flags and decorations, the painted bicycles and everything else, the place looked fantastic.

“It was quite a sight when the cyclists made their way up Sledgate with the sea and countryside in the background. It made for spectacular viewing.”

Mr Irving also paid tribute to both the borough council and North Yorkshire County Council for their work helping to get the parish looking its best ahead of the Tour’s arrival.

“Credit to them for their efforts in cleaning the roads and gutters and making the place look genuinely enviable,” he added.

“It is good to see them doing this in these times of austerity.

“Let us hope that they will maintain these standards now the cyclists have been and gone so villagers and regular visitors can benefit too. My fingers are crossed.”