VIDEO: Artwork begins ahead of Le Tour

A Tour de France cyclist can be spotted heading up Montpellier Hill, nine months before the worlds biggest cycling event comes to the district.

Chainsaw sculptor, Mick Burns will spend two days carving the outline of a Tour de France cyclist and Harrogate’s coat of arms on the stump of a 100-year-old elm tree.

He said: “It was really a beautiful tree here, and I hope the sculpture will remain for 20 years if not more.

“It will be a reminder of the Tour de France for years to come.”

Harrogate Borough Council held a competition to decide on what the tree stump would be turned into when it was chopped down in October after the tree has died.

Mr Burns is based in Lincoln but said he could see why Yorkshire was chosen to host the event.

“There is so much beautiful countryside and steep hills, Harrogate is a lovely place for it to finish, I always enjoy visiting here.”

Meanwhile the first planning application for outdoor artwork ahead of the Tour de France has been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council.

Plans to suspend a cycle adorned with religious imagery in a perspex box above John Street have been submitted by businessman Mark Hinchcliffe.

UPDATE: Due an injury chainsaw sculptor, Mick Burns was unable to complete the sculpture on Friday as planned, but is due to finish the piece tomorrow (Tuesday November 4)