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Settle businesses turn out in force to support Tour de Yorkshire

Scores of Settle businesses and residents came along to a meeting at Settle Victoria Hall to find out more about the Tour de Yorkshire.

The roadshow was organised to show Craven businesses how they can celebrate and embrace the prestigious cycling event.

Settle has been chosen to host the finish of the first day of the Tour de Yorkshire, on Friday April 29, 2016.

Around 100 people turned out for the meeting on Tuesday January 12, and were addressed by Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, who gave details of the route and spoke about how much money was generated for local businesses from last year's event.

Paul Shevlin, chief executive of Craven District Council, also attended the event. He said: "This was a very positive meeting - Settle businesses were pleased to hear how they can make the most of the Tour de Yorkshire and promote themselves to a wider audience.

"It was great to hear from Sir Gary about the benefits of the event and people were really fired up by his enthusiasm.

"There will be TV coverage of the entire route, shown around the world, and thousands of cycling fans will be descending on the area for the race, so it's important our local businesses can capitalise on this."

Anyone who missed out on the meeting and would like to find out more can attend a second roadshow event at the Falcon Manor Hotel in Settle on Tuesday February 9 from 10.30am to 12 noon. More information is also available by emailing tdy@cravendc.gov.uk or by calling Craven District Council on 01756 700600.

Further roadshows are happening in Middlesbrough on Tuesday January 19 from 6pm to 7.30pm, in Doncaster on Wednesday January 20, from 9am to 10.30am, Beverley, on Thursday January 21 from 1pm to 2.30pm, Otley on Tuesday January 26 from 4pm to 5.30pm, and in Scarborough on Wednesday January 27 from 1.30pm to 3pm.

There will then be more events in Pateley Bridge on Wednesday February 3 from 6.30pm to 8pm, in South Milford on Wednesday February 17 from 5pm to 6.30pm, in South Elmsall on Tuesday February 23 from 10am to 11.30pm, and in Helmsley on Wednesday February 24 from 9.30am to 11am and in Stokesley on Tuesday March 1 from 5pm to 6.30pm.

Settle will cheer home the elite cyclists on Friday April 29 - the first stage of the event which begins in Beverley.

The riders will speed through the Selby District, Knaresborough, Ripley and Pately Bridge before travelling through Grassington, Threshfield, Cracoe, Gargrave, Hellifield, Long Preston, Giggleswick and finishing up with a 12km loop around  Settle.

The huge crowds will also be entertained by Race Ambassadors and a Tour de Yorkshire Caravan which will visit key points on the route before the race starts.

Stage 2 on April 30, starts in Otley and ends in Doncaster, covering 135km, with 27km (20 per cent) in North Yorkshire.

Stage 3 on May 1, starts in Middlesbrough and ends in Scarborough, with approximately 97 per cent of the route in North Yorkshire, 191km of the full 196km.

For more information and to register for the roadshows, go to http://letour.yorkshire.com/news/2016-roadshows