A Yorkshire brewery has been inspired by next year’s Grand Départ of the Tour de France in the region by launching a new beer called Maillot Jaune – and all cyclists completing the Heart of the Wolds sportive this weekend will get a chance to sample it.
The brewer’s founder and managing director, Matthew Hodgson, said: "Tour de France riders would often stop off for a quick beer alongside the route in days gone by, and while we don't expect next year's riders to halt for a tipple of our ale, we are hoping the beer proves popular with all types of cycle enthusiasts."
James Harper, whose company Harper Creative helped develop the beer, the logo of which features Bradley Wiggins wearing the yellow jersey with the Yorkshire Wolds in the background, said it was aimed to find fans both among cyclists and real ale lovers.
"Great Newsome Brewery has created a wonderful light ale with a hint of citrus and a low alcohol content which I'm sure will make it popular for cyclists in need of a bit of refreshment after a ride," he said.
Danny Richardson, manager of the Great Western Bell Hotel in Driffield, remarked: "The pump clip is really distinctive and has been attracting lots of attention.
"People who have tried it say they really like its light fruity flavour."
Phil Hoskins, organiser of the Heart of the Wolds sportive, which is based in Driffield this year has a sell-out entry of 600 riders, added: "Cycle sportives are becoming increasingly popular but we really want to make our event different from the rest, and having an official event ale, and one with such a cycling theme, will do this.
"We are also delighted we have managed to involve two innovative East Yorkshire companies in this project.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.