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Tour de Yorkshire trophy in Beverley

The men’s and women’s Tour de Yorkshire trophies will visit Beverley and surrounding villages next Monday (March 12) as part of a week-long tour of Yorkshire ahead of the event, with both races starting in the town on Thursday, May 3rd.

TdY Trophy

Members of the public will be able to catch a glimpse of the silverware in Saturday Market, from 12noon to 1pm, with the trophies also visiting six schools in the morning and five in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, a new competition that will honour towns, cities and villages who go all out with their decorations to welcome the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire has been launched.

The inaugural Best Dressed competition has four categories: Best Dressed Village, Best Dressed Town, Best Dressed Host Location and Spirit of Le Tour.

The Best Dressed awards will be given to locations with the most spectacular, eye-catching decorations. The Spirit of Le Tour award will recognise 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.

Previous races have been celebrated with everything from spotty houses, dyed sheep, miles of handmade bunting, fantastic floral displays and incredible yarn bombing. We’ve even seen Tour de Yorkshire themed food like blue and yellow fish and chips, chocolate trophies, specially designed cakes and pies and even themed beers.

This year’s Tour de Yorkshire passes through 169 cities, town and villages, more than any previous edition with images of our county beamed to more than 180 countries across the world, showcasing Yorkshire at its very best to millions of people.

After the race, the top four entries in each category will be shortlisted, with the eventual winner being decided by a public vote on twitter, @letouryorkshire. The winner of each category will be presented with an exclusive commemorative plaque to display in their community.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, told Beverley FM: “Every year I’m blown away by the creativity of people who pull out all the stops to decorate their home towns and villages to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire – which is so much more than a bike race, it’s about bringing people together.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the way our communities get together to make sure their towns and villages look their very best as we showcase our glorious county to the world. This competition is inspired by that passion and dedication which must be recognised and rewarded.

“We’re encouraging people to get their village, town or city fully decorated by Easter, to make sure they benefit during this peak tourism period just ahead of the race. I can’t wait to see all the wacky and wonderful ideas people will come up with this year.”

How to enter: Before the race complete the online entry form at letouryorkshire.com/bestdressed with all your plans and inspiration.