Tour de France stage host exhibits its cycling heritage

Tour de France cycling murals by artists James Straffon on The Factory building in Harrogate. Picture by Gerard Binks.

Tour de France cycling murals by artists James Straffon on The Factory building in Harrogate. Picture by Gerard Binks.

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Road racing icons past and present are towering over Harrogate streets just a few hundred yards from the finishing line of stage one of the Grand Depart.

Cycling murals of legends of the sport such as Harrogate’s Harry Binns, Doncaster’s Tommy Simpson and Huddersfield’s Brian Robinson have been fitted on the walls of The Factory, in Victoria Avenue, to celebrate Yorkshire’s rich heritage ahead of the July 5 spectacle.

The 8ft by 8ft creations by artist James Straffon signal the start of Carbon, Sulphur and Paint, which is aimed at making the most of Le Tour in Harrogate, while raising money for the Dave Rayner Foundation and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The project combines an art exhibition at RedHouse Originals Gallery, a pop-up museum at The Factory and an exclusive ale brewed by Rooster’s Brewing Company in a series of events from June 7.

Mr Straffon, 47, said: “It rightfully presents Yorkshire as a very strong key part in Tour de France heritage.”

Visit www.redhouseoriginals.com for further information.

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