SCHOOLS, community groups, businesses and landowners are being encouraged to think big and get creative with the launch of the Tour de Yorkshire Land Art and Best Dressed competitions.

The competition accompanies the iconic cycle race and recognises the efforts of those people who create the giant artworks which line the route each year.

These stunning pieces are now a key feature of the race and include a whole host of wacky and wonderful creations.

Last year’s winning design for instance, featured a winking goose and turkey riding 70s Chopper bikes which was painted onto a field near the Côte de Goose Eye climb.

The Best Dressed competition meanwhile, honours the communities and individuals that go the extra mile to celebrate the race.

This is split into four categories: Best Dressed Village, Town, Host Location and Spirit of Le Tour.

Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive James Mason said: “We organise these competitions to honour those people around the county who go to such great lengths to get behind the race.

Entries will be taken until April 26 although it is strongly advised to get any submissions earlier by visiting