People of all ages and abilities are invited to gear up for the Grand Depart by taking part in Ryedale’s first Festival of Cycling next month.
The one-day event on Sunday June 22, will take in Malton’s town centre, surrounding streets and The Talbot Hotel on Yorkersgate.
“The event will be a fantastic family day out, with races for children and adults, and suitable for all abilities,” said Keith Davies, a member of the organising committee.
“As well as these bike races, we also hope to stage a race solely for those who work for our emergency services.”
The festival will feature a wide range of races – from children’s events right though to elite circuits – during which cycle speeds of over 40 mph are expected.
Races include youth classes – under 8s and under 10s; under 12s; under 14s and under 16s girls; under 14s and under 16s boys - and adult races.
There will also be a selection of the best food stalls in front of the Milton Rooms, along with afternoon tea available at the Talbot Hotel
The emergency services will also be represented on the day with their promotional vehicles, along with the North Yorkshire County Council Road Safety team.
Local brewery Brass Castle has even created a beer especially for the occasion, called Pot Belge.
There will also be a “rollapaluza,” during which two riders ‘race’ against each other on fixed bikes, in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Volunteers are welcomed to offer any support they can.
Ash Clark, of Northern Ride, the Malton-based cycle shop, said: “We are expecting around 5,000 visitors on the day, and we hope that this year’s event will be the first of many.
Festival entry is free and is open from 9am to 6pm. Race places can be booked through www.northernride.com