Ilkley wins Best Dressed Tour de Yorkshire competition

Article dated Wednesday Jul 25, 2018 at 03:35 PM

Ilkley was been announced as the Best Dressed Host Location in the Tour de Yorkshire Land Art and Best Dressed competitions. Those involved in the decoration of the town for the prestigious cycle race will now get to see the award in Ilkley on Friday 27 July.

Entries to the competition were submitted in the run up to the race before being shortlisted and put to a public vote on the Tour’s official website at Thousands of votes were counted and Ilkley came top in the ‘Best Dressed Host Location’ category.

The majority of the dressing for the Tour de Yorkshire in Ilkley and for the rest of the district was co-ordinated by officers from Bradford Council and created by volunteers from across the district.

In their report about Ilkley, Welcome to Yorkshire described the town as 'awash with colour as men’s and women’s pelotons flashed through on their approach to the Cow and Calf. Like every host location, the town pulled out all the stops to provide a brilliant backdrop for the race’s first-ever summit finish on stage two. Blue and yellow umbrellas hung from the trees and giant land art footprints were spread across the Wharfe Valley to guide the peloton home. Even a large anamorphic cow was painted onto the final ascent letting the riders know they were closing in on the finish line.'

The giant land art footprints celebrating the legend of the Rombald Giant were created by Fields of Vision in conjunction with Nell Bank, Ben Rhydding Primary and Ashlands Primary school, the anamorphic cow and calf road art was created by artist from Sand In Your Eye and the giant Yorkshire flag which adorned the iconic Cow and Calf Rocks was produced by artist Filippa Dobson and Janet snare and hoisted in place by officers from the council’s Adventure Development Unit.

Artworks worked with young people from community centres across Bradford District to create over 500 stencilled Yorkshire roses that (when placed together) made up the phrase ‘Ey Up!’ at a scale that was visible on TV footage captured from helicopters during the race. They also produced a beautiful wandering trail of Yorkshire Roses along The Grove in Ilkley.

Saira Ali from Bradford Council, who was involved in the organisation of the land art and route decorations in the Bradford district, said: "We are absolutely delighted to win the Best Dressed Host Location for this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. It was a massive team effort, as well as the council, we would also like to congratulate the businesses community organisations and schools from Ilkley that worked so hard to bring the event alive for what was a superb finish. The atmosphere was amazing and everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the experience and had a fabulous day out."

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: "It was a real team effort to get the decorations in place across the district for both the final of Stage 2 in Ilkley and also for when Stage 4 came through the Worth Valley. This award is testament to the creativity of the people of Bradford and their tenacity in pulling out all the stops to create such a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere for the Tour de Yorkshire’s visit to the district."

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