Saturday’s visit of the Tour de Yorkshire to Richmondshire has been hailed a massive success.
Thousands turned out for the start in Richmond – and thousands more lined the route as the cyclists rode through Catterick, Leyburn and Patrick Brompton on their way to the finish line in Scarborough.
And Leader of Richmondshire District Council, Councillor Yvonne Peacock said businesses are reporting a bumper weekend.
“It was a huge honour for the district to play host to such a prestigious event. We had the world’s cameras on us and we definitely made the most of it,” she said.
“The crowds surpassed all our expectations and they embraced the essence of the tour – whether it was coming in their cycling gear to meet the riders, dressing in the tour colours of yellow and blue, making land art, or simply standing in the sunshine to cheer the cyclists by.”
The tour’s start in Richmond is estimated to have cost Richmondshire District Council around £220,000 but Cllr Peacock says it was worth every penny.
“It has been a huge boost to the local economy - businesses are reporting a bumper weekend,” she added. “Now we want to see all those visitors returning again and again to our beautiful district.”