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Le Tour De Yorkshire Comes to Royston

On Wednesday 6th March, BPL site Royston Leisure Centre was proud to host the Tour de Yorkshire trophies ahead of the tour itself to give residents of Barnsley a chance to see the magnificent trophies up close and build excitement for the race.

There are two of the world famous trophies – one for the male winner and one for the female winner – and the only difference between the two is the weight (10kg and 7kg respectively). They cost £5000 each to manufacture, and the winners of the 384 mile long race don't actually keep the tro-phies but replica medals instead.

They were made by Thomas Fattorini Ltd, founded in 1827 by Antonio Fattorini, an Italian who set-tled in Yorkshire. Residents of Barnsley had the chance to see the trophies at 3 selected venues on Wednesday, with Royston Leisure Centre being one of them.

Cllr David Leech, cycling champion for Barnsley said: “We loved seeing residents come along to Royston Leisure centre to see the now world-famous trophies and have their picture taken with them. The excitement of the tour is growing in Barnsley, and this is a great opportunity to see the trophies which are extremely well sought after by world class cyclists - this year it will likely include Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas.”

It wasn't just the residents of Barnsley who were excited to see the trophies - BPL staff at Royston Leisure Centre were too. Michael Hirst, Deputy CEO of BPL and cycling enthusiast said, “BPL supports sport and it’s especially great to support the Tour de Yorkshire coming to Barnsley. We appreciate the trophies coming to us here at Royston Leisure Centre and loved that people from the local community came to see them - hopefully it will inspire the many children who come here.”

The Tour de Yorkshire is coming to Barnsley once again on the 3rd of May when it will host 'The World Stage' which is the second leg of the mens tour, and first leg of the women's. The tour will go past Royston Leisure Centre.
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