North Yorkshire schoolchildren enjoyed a Tour of Britain-inspired arts session, which will see international cyclists race past their school as soon as they return after the summer holidays.
Stokesley artist Garth Bayley, famous for his cycling paintings and drawings inspired by events like the Tour de France and the Tour of Britain, spent time with alumni at Helmsley Community Primary School to help them create their own art inspired by cycling.
North Yorkshire will host the fourth stage of the race on Wednesday 7 September. More Bayley artwork can be seen at garthbayley.co.uk and will be on display at the arrival of the stage at Duncombe Park.
Bayley said: “For me, painting isn’t always about serious stuff, it’s about having fun, and I hope that’s what I’ve inspired in children. When you start having fun with drawing, you can produce great works of art.
“For me, being involved in the Tour of Britain was really exciting, because I can inspire young people through sport and painting. It is about creating a community atmosphere and involving everyone “.
Claire Lamb, executive principal of Helmsley Community Primary School, said: “Having the opportunity to cheer on pro cyclists at the finish in Duncombe Park is a rare and truly inspiring opportunity!
“Not only will the children have such a fabulous opportunity, but they have also had the opportunity to work alongside a local artist. This was a brilliant opportunity for the children to demonstrate their creativity and learn new skills.
“They also got very messy and had a lot of fun! The work of art will take its place at the finish line to be seen by all! “
Cllr Simon Myers, executive member of the North Yorkshire County Council for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “Bringing events like the Tour of Britain to North Yorkshire means engaging our communities and celebrating our county.
“It is great to see a local artist sharing his skills with the children who will have the opportunity to follow the fun of their art session by watching the competition pass their school when they return in the new term.
“I hope everyone who can take the opportunity to get involved in this great free sports show, by going to see it and decorating their cities, villages, homes and activities.”
Get creative for the Tour
There is still time for communities to get involved in creating art to welcome and celebrate the Tour of Britain.
Race organizers are inviting community groups, schools, businesses and landowners along the way to participate in a land art competition. The art of the earth has become a Tour of Britain tradition and has been adopted during previous cycling events in North Yorkshire, from the Tour de France Grand Départ to the UCI Road World Championships.
The winning entry will be chosen after the competition. The winners will receive a trophy and there will be two runners-up. Click here for all the details.
About phase four
Step four of the race will start in Redcar, then pass through Whitby before heading to the North York Moors National Park. The final 30 kilometers will feature the challenging climbs of Carlton Bank and Newgate Bank, both two kilometers long, before descending to the finish line at Duncombe Park in Helmsley.
The timetable of the stages is available, produced to help people decide when and where to attend the race and plan their journey for the day here.
The county council will implement mobile road closures, which means closures are likely to last no more than 30-45 minutes to minimize inconvenience. Full details on the estimated road closures are on the county council website: northyorks.gov.uk/tour-brittain.