Cycling returns to Yorkshire tomorrow when the second annual Tour de Yorkshire gets underway.
The Tour takes place over three days: 29 & 30 April and 1 May.
Stage one takes place on Friday 29 April and is a 186 Km race starting in Beverley and finishing in Settle.
Stage two, which takes place on Saturday 30 April, covers 136 km from Otley (Lizzie Armitstead’s home town) to Doncaster.
This year the women’s race will also be held on the same route as the men’s.
The women’s race starts on Saturday morning, and is set to feature the top female racers from across the world, all competing for a £50,000 prize fund – the most lucrative women’s race in the world.
The men’s race begins in the early afternoon.
The third and final stage, takes the riders over the North Yorkshire moors, beginning in Middlesbrough and finishing in Scarborough.
The advice to spectators is:
- Stay safe
- Think about where you want to view the race in advance and plan your route
- Set off early, the roads surrounding the route may be busy, so allow extra time for your journey
- Remember this is an outdoor event, the weather can be changeable, so dress sensibly
- Don’t forget to take refreshments.
Cycle racing is fun to watch but take care, When taking photos, be aware that the bikes will be travelling faster than you think, and watch out when using selfie sticks, don’t allow them to overhand the road – accidents have happened when riders have collided with selfie sticks.
For more information and details of the route, visit www.letouryorkshire.com