It’s the launch day of Tour de Yorkshire tomorrow- and thankfully it lands on a bank holiday so everyone can go down to support the riders and have fun at the celebrations around Yorkshire!
Stage One is a 173km ride from Bridlington to Scarborough with climbs up the Côte de Garrowby Hill and Côte de Goathland before they reach the coastline again in beautiful Whitby where the riders will get an amazing view of the Abbey as they complete their second sprint of the day. Past Robin Hood’s Bay, there’ll be a final climb before the cyclists reach Scarborough for a now legendary finish along North Bay. A celebration in Scarborough will be one you won’t want to miss with a jam packed programme of events. The big screen allows everyone to watch live footage together (on Foreshore Road and Royal Albert Drive) and there will be the best local and regional musical and creative talent preforming. We’ve been looking at the programme- if anyone attends the event and can tell us what ‘bicycle ballet’ is, please let us know!
Harrogate will be hosting an event with their cycle festival – during the Tour de France in 2014, Harrogate took center stage as the finish line for Stage One. This year after beginning in Tadcaster hours earlier, the cyclists will be coming to town- both the Women’s Race and Men’s Stage Two. There’ll be a fan zone with activities and entertainment over the weekend and if you’ve driven past over the past few days, you’ll see there’s a large screen being set up on the Stray so everyone can watch the race together. Plus- we’ll be there! Taking our trailer all around Yorkshire and spreading the joy of pies is one of our favourite things- so come meet us, say hi, talk about the race with us and try some delicious pork pies!
In Bradford, stage three, ‘The Yorkshire Terrier’ takes the riders from City Park to Fox Valley and is the biggest challenge with the tough route spanning 8 categorised climbs and 2 sprints- frankly we feel exhausted just reading it. There’ll be a great atmosphere in Bradford from 10am-2pm to wave the riders off and get excited for some great entertainment with street theater and local bands. There will also be a stunt display from Yorkshire’s UCI World Trialbike Champion- Jack Carthy. If you’re a fan, Bradford City Football Club are displaying a giant yellow jersey with polka dots in the center of the pitch!
Enjoy the bank holiday weekend whether you’re going to join in the events or not- let us know how you spend it!
If you are coming to Harrogate cycle festival, we’re looking forward to seeing you there!