FINISHING touches are being made in towns and villages across North Yorkshire as they prepare to welcome the UCI Road World Championships to the region.

For the next nine days starting from tomorrow, Yorkshire will get the biggest global exposure the county has ever seen by hosting the largest cycling event in the world.

A TV audience of 250 million people are expected to tune in to watch top riders like Geraint Thomas, Lizzie Deignan and Peter Sagan compete for the world title, with Yorkshire’s stunning scenery the star of the show.

The Northern Echo:

Hairdresser Cody Stelling of Holl & Co Barbers, Northallerton, which has been dressed for the forthcoming world cycling championships. Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

The races will pass through 163 locations and residents have played their part in welcoming the event.

Innovative cycle-themed decorations include thousands of knitted jerseys on every fence and flower pot in Ripon, land art in Catterick and Richmond and hundreds of rainbow bikes in every shop window in Northallerton.

Welcome to Yorkshire’s commercial director Peter Dodd said: “Bringing the Championships to Yorkshire has been a massive team effort and it’s this spirit of collaboration which allows us to host huge international events like this in the county.

"Tourism in Yorkshire is already worth a healthy £9 billion a year and we hope more global exposure will only enhance that further."