Tour de Yorkshire gets into gear

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Published: Wednesday 21st January 2015 by The News Editor

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The eyes of the cycling world will be on East Yorkshire when the first ever Tour de Yorkshire gets under way in Bridlington on May 1, it has been announced.

The seaside town will host the start of the three-day race on Friday May 1 with the route then taking competitors along the coast to Flamborough Head before heading up into North Yorkshire and eventually finishing on the seafront in Scarborough.

Day two will see riders setting off from Selby Abbey and passing through Market Weighton, North Newbald and Beverley in East Yorkshire before winding up in York.

The race’s last stage, meanwhile, departs from Wakefield on May 3 with the finishing line at Roundhay Park in Leeds.

Organisers say the 330-mile race seeks to visit parts of Yorkshire that the Tour de France missed while retaining links to last summer’s Grand Depart, an event which saw hundreds of thousands of people lining the route.

The event is being run by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation.

A women’s race will be staged on day two while several events will be held on May 3 to give amateur riders a chance to ride the same sections as the professionals.

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Published: Wednesday 21st January 2015 by The News Editor

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