50 days until the start of the Tour de Yorkshire and here are 5 ways you can get involved
1) Kirklees Tour Community Fund – apply for up to £500 before Monday 16 March
Do you have a great idea for a creative activity that you would like to organise for the Tour de Yorkshire on Saturday 2 May?
The funding gives community groups, businesses, and schools the opportunity to apply for up to £500 to support the Tour de Yorkshire in Kirklees and help engage local residents and visitors in the event.
From giant land art that will attract the attention of the helicopter cameras on race day to tea parties that bring your local community together, this is your opportunity to organise something special along the route.
You will need to be quick. The closing date for applications is Monday 16 March. Apply online for the Kirklees Tour Community Fund.
2) Trophy Tour in Huddersfield – a unique photo opportunity with the official race trophies
Schoolchildren, residents and students have the opportunity to see the iconic Tour de Yorkshire trophies on Tuesday 24 March when they visit Huddersfield for the day.
The two trophies will visit a local primary school on the race route of the race, before arriving at Huddersfield Leisure Centre from 12:30pm.
Everyone is welcome to visit the leisure centre to see the trophies and ride the smoothie bike (a stationed bike that creates a fruit smoothie as you pedal) that will also be on display. So if you have questions about the race, want to grab a picture with the trophies or you just want a healthy refreshing drink, then stop by Huddersfield Leisure Centre on Tuesday 24 March from 12:30pm – 13:45pm.
The final stop on the tour will see the trophies being taken to Huddersfield University’s campus. It is Tour de Yorkshire tradition for the trophies to be taken to the finish and start lines of all four stages of the race.
3) Tour de Yorkshire Road Show in Marsden – plan race day in your area
The final Tour de Yorkshire roadshow in Kirklees will be at Marsden Mechanics on Tuesday 17th March, between 7-9pm. If you live near Meltham, Marsden, Slaithwaite or Scapegoat Hill then this is the event for you.
Whether you want to organise a street party or are concerned about road closures, this event is a great opportunity for residents, businesses and community groups to find out all the information you need to make the most of race day near you.
There will be a limited supply of free bunting and flags available for attendees.
4) Schools land art competition – design a piece of giant land art for race day
Schools across Kirklees are invited to take part in a competition to design a piece of giant land art that could be shown around the world when the Tour de Yorkshire races through the district on Saturday 2 May 2020.
Weather permitting, the winning class will also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help create the giant art work in a prominent location along the route.
The deadline for applications is Friday 27 March – all the information about how to apply can be found here: Kirklees Schools Tour de Yorkshire Land Art Competition
5) Get creative and take part in the Tour de Yorkshire Best Dressed competitions
The Best Dressed competition honours communities and individuals that go the extra mile to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire. Awards will be given to locations along the route with the most spectacular and eye-catching decorations and the Spirit of Le Tour award recognises an individual, community or business which has gone above and beyond to fully embrace the essence of the Tour de Yorkshire in a unique way.
Entries are open online until Monday 26 April, so that you can let the Tour team know what is planned in your local area. Find out more on the Tour de Yorkshire website.
Earlier this week, Kirklees Council Leader, Cllr Shabir Pandor, and Chief Executive, Jacqui Gedman, were in Leeds to collect the Kirklees Tour de Yorkshire flag which will fly proudly over St George’s Square.
Information about the Tour de Yorkshire in Kirklees is available on our website.
For more information about the event, routes, teams and timings visit the official Tour de Yorkshire website.
Photo credits: SWPix.com and Fields of Vision