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Thirsk yarnbombing for Tour de Yorkshire 2016

25th April 2016

Thirsk is getting ready for Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 with colourful knitted and crocheted decorations, in what is called a 'yarnbombing', according to the Yorkshire Post.

It has been a community effort, with around 300 people involved. Ann Akers, one of the organisers, said, 'We set up a Facebook site and it just grew. In about a fortnight we had 150 members. Churches, the WI, schools, childminders and old people's homes have all got involved...It's just lifted people. It's been fantastic. I can't believe the support that's been given to us. The whole of Thirsk has pulled together.'

Thirsk Yarnbombers visitors book is a Facebook page for comments and appreciation of the initiative.

The decorations were in place on Sunday morning, 24th April 2016. They were put up by fifty of the Thirsk Yarnbombers, who were dressed in black. They also wore black masks or black face paint. Ann Akers said, 'We all had a pom-pom on our outfits though, so the police didn't think we were burglars.'

Yarnbomb ducks

Yarn Bomb - ducks in the river, by Twilight Taggers, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

Lizzie Armitstead to ride Tour de Yorkshire 2016

23rd March 2016

Lizzie Armitstead

Lizzie Armitstead will ride the women's Tour de Yorkshire 2016, which is the same route as the men's stage 2. It's to be the most lucrative race on the women's cycling calendar. Read more about Armitstead to ride the Tour de Yorkshire 2016...

Stage 3, Tour de Yorkshire 2016

Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough

Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016, on Sunday 1st May 2016, starts in Middlesbrough, heading south via Northallerton and Thirsk before taking on the steep climb of Sutton Bank, into the North York Moors. The race takes in Helmsely and Kirbymoorside, then Danby, Glaisdale, and Grosmont, before getting to the east coast at Whitby. The route goes to Robin Hood's Bay and East Ayton, before a seafront finish in Scarborough. 

The route length is 198km, and there are six classified climbs during the stage. 

Read more about Stage 3, Tour de Yorkshire 2016.

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