Painting Bridlington bikes blue

Gina Renaut-Evans of Blantyre Guest House, Bridlington with her decorated Tour de Yorkshire cycles
Gina Renaut-Evans of Blantyre Guest House, Bridlington with her decorated Tour de Yorkshire cycles

A Bridlington guest house owner has got into the spirit of the Tour de Yorkshire by decorating bicycles blue to display for the event.

Cycling enthusiast Gina Renaut-Evans, 48, runs the Blantyre Guest House with her husband David, 53, and they have took to the idea of bike decorating following the confirmation of Bridlington hosting the start of the event.

The pair have taken inspiration from the Tour de France cycling event where people paint bikes yellow and they hope the theme will spread through Bridlington and the rest of Yorkshire.

Gina said: “We thought it would be a good idea following the success of the yellow bikes for the Tour de France. It is important that Bridlington takes advantage of an event of this scale and everyone gets involved to encourage future events in the area.”

Gina and David are working with the British Tourism Association to rehome bikes for others to decorate and display.

Since beginning the appeal, they have collected more than 20 bicycles, which have since been rehomed, and they are now wanting more contributions.

Blantyre Guest House is an eight-room premises and the couple expect the remaining two rooms for the weekend to be booked up shortly now the route has been confirmed.

Gina said: “It is fantastic news that the Tour de Yorkshire is coming to Bridlington. The area is going to get such good publicity and it will encourage so many people to come here. The area is great for cycling and this will promote our roads for future cyclists. People will want to ride on the routes the professionals have done and it will all be good for Bridlington.”

Gina and Dave are now appealing for residents to donate their unwanted bikes so they can be distributed to people who want to decorate one.

If you have a bicycle that you do not use anymore, you can contact Gina on 07792 149202. Alternatively they can be dropped off at Blantyre Guest House 21 Pembroke Terrace Bridlington YO15 3BX.