Full steam ahead for Tour welcome in the Moors

Sir Nigel Gresley in steam at  the Grosmont Crossing.
Sir Nigel Gresley in steam at the Grosmont Crossing.
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SPECTATORS AT the county’s very own international cycling race will be treated to an iconic heritage scene as it passes through the North York Moors.

Three locomotives will send huge plumes of steam into the air to mark the start of the ‘Cote de Grosmont’ section of the Tour de Yorkshire on Friday, May 1, which will depart from the level crossing between the engines.

This section of the race is the only time the riders will cross the rails of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as they pedal the 174km first stage of the event which starts in Bridlington and ends in Scarborough.

Danielle Ramsey, marketing manager for NYMR, said the steam engines will help to give riders the best possible send-off for the 400m climb up through the village of Grosmont.

“The North York Moors National Park is probably the most stunning part of the route of the Tour de Yorkshire, and with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway an arterial route through the countryside, we had to mark this stage in impressive style,” she said.

“Having three engines on one side of the crossing will create an absolutely iconic image during this stage – fantastic for cycle enthusiasts, photographers and anyone looking for a wonderful day out during this inaugural race.”

She added that an extra marquee will be installed on Platform Two at Grosmont Station to extend the tea room for visitors during day one of the Tour de Yorkshire. It will be fully licenced and will serve local produce.