High-tech Tractors aimed at getting Tour de France fans in rural Grand Depart fanzones online have been unveiled today.
Gary Verity, tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive, joined Richard Pearson, regional director of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) at Rylstone, near Skipton, in launching two special tractors that will emit wifi signals so that fans in rural Tour hubs can get internet access on July 5 and 6.
The Massey Ferguson vehicles have been given a high-tech makeover by Avonline satellite broadband that will see them create a free wifi hotspot for anyone within 500metres.
The tractors will park up at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre in Hawes and the Grassington visitor centre, which will collectively host around 8,000 fans during the July 5 Leeds to Harrogate stage one.
They will then roll up at the Steel Stage event at High Bradfield and at Holme, at the foot of the Holme Moss climb, on day two.
Mr Pearson said: “We are really excited about this project and we hope it will add to people’s enjoyment of what will be an amazing event.”
Tracey Lambert, recreation and tourism manager at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority which will host much of stage one, added: “These tractors will be a great asset to our spectator hubs.
“They provide a much needed service for our visitors in a quirky and interesting way, highlighting the part that farming plays in managing our beautiful landscape.”