Art on the beach for Brid’s big Tour day

Sand artist Marc Treanor has created a working sketch to give an impression of what will be created on the day.
Sand artist Marc Treanor has created a working sketch to give an impression of what will be created on the day.

This spectacular piece of beach art will be one of the highlights of Bridlington’s day hosting the Tour de Yorkshire.

The race begins outside the Spa on Friday, April 28, and organisers have revealed some of the features which will be brought to the town.

Sand artist Marc Treanor of sandcircles.co.uk will create a huge image of a cyclist on the beach and has given the public a preview of what they can expect.

A big screen will be again set up in Pembroke Gardens and the booming voice of East Riding county crier Michael Wood will be letting everyone know what is going on.

The cast of the Spotlight Theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof will be performing and there will be street artists around the Spa to entertain the crowds as they wait for the start of the race.

Bethany Playforth, who has has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair, started the first Tour de Yorkshire in 2015 and the 23-year-old will again be dropping the flag to send the riders on their way.

Spectators can also expect to hear the unofficial anthem of this year’s race.

Singer-songwriter Paul Stone has penned You’ll Never Ride Alone, which he will perform at the start and end points on the three days.

Fifty local schoolchildren will lead the peloton from The Spa to the town’s new leisure centre and the professionals will then head along Fortyfoot, Marton Road and Well Lane, before the start flag is lowered at Bessingby and the racing officially begins.

Further along the route on day one, hundreds of Driffield schoolchildren will be making a 6,000sq metre human bicycle and spectators at the Cote de Garrowby Hill will be treated to an open-air exhibition of 2m high paintings by Yorkshire wildlife artist Robert E Fuller.

The stage ends in Scarborough where there will be a 220sq metre yellow and blue jersey.