THE Tour de Yorkshire will be an opportunity for Yorkshire’s local communities to present themselves and the county to the world as never before, the chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire says.
Communities on the route of the three-day race, which begins on Friday, have designed and built creative projects, ranging from an enormous “tunny” fish in Scarborough to a Bradford Boar on a bike in Keelham.
In Driffield, in the Yorkshire Wolds, hundreds of schoolchildren will be making a 6,000sq ft “human bicycle” on a school field, which will give the illusion that a huge bike wheel is moving as the race passes by.
It and scores of other works of art will be picked up by aerial cameras and beamed out on terrestrial TV in Britain and by satellite to 167 other countries.
“There is no other free event in the world where you can get so close to so many world-class athletes.
“The land art projects have involved massive amounts of work from communities, and the TV helicopters will show them to the world.”
Sir Gary said: “The economic benefit of the event is significant but it is also about bringing communities together. People are really getting together to help promote their areas.