Durham couple celebrate winning two bicycles in York

23 Jul 2013 @ 12.10 pm
| News

Cycle Heaven owner Andy Shrimpton (centre) hands over the bicycles to Elaine and Andy Turnbill. Photograph: Visit York
Issued by Visit York

Winners of a competition to win two top quality bikes from York specialist cycle store, Cycle Heaven, were overjoyed at collecting their gleaming new bicycles in York on Saturday 20 July.

The winners Elaine and Andy Turnbull from Barnard Castle in County Durham scooped the prize out of 6,000 hopeful entrants through Visit York’s website.

Coinciding with the York Cycle Races weekend and with just one year to go to the Grand Depart of the Tour De France in York, Visit York and Cycle Heaven joined forces to offer this competition to win two Ridgeback Comet bicycles.

Elaine and her husband Andy also enjoyed a two night stay courtesy of Visit York at the Monkbar Hotel and two VIP York Passes to visit the city’s attractions.

This competition is just part of a raft of new cycling promotions being organised by Visit York to highlight York and Yorkshire’s fantastic cycling opportunities, on the countdown to the arrival of the Tour De France in York.

Visit York’s multi-channel marketing will include online cycling campaigns, social media, competitions and an initiative to encourage as many hoteliers and bed and breakfast owners as possible to sign up for the Visit England Welcome Cyclists seal of approval.

Gillian Cruddas, chief executive of Visit York, said: “We are gearing up to welcome thousands of cycling enthusiasts and fans for the Grand Depart next July. And as part of this we’re working with the City of York council to promote York’s cycling businesses, shops and cycle routes.

“Everyone from the amateur cyclist to serious competitors can take advantage of our city and region’s superb cycle network.”

Elaine and Andy’s visit coincided with the York Cycle Races, promoted by the Clifton Cycling Club in conjunction with British Cycling. The races saw hundreds of cyclists from grassroots to elite level race through the historic streets of York.

The route began at Duncombe Place, with riders then swinging left onto Blake Street and Davygate, then around St Sampson’s Square and up Goodramgate and Deansgate. The final leg saw riders race over the newly refurbished Minster piazza where they fought for finshing position with the last sprint at Duncombe Place.

Andy Shrimpton, Owner at Cycle Heaven said: “We were delighted to work with Visit York to offer this fantastic prize to celebrate all that’s great about cycling in York and Yorkshire.

“Our new cycle storage facility at York Railway Station is proving extremely popular with both visitors and residents in the city and we’ve never had so many enquiries about cycling. The buzz around the Tour De France is definitely having an impact and we’re thrilled with business so far.”

Businesses wanting to get involved in promoting their cycling offers should get in touch with Visit York by emailing Michelle Brown.


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