Whether you are a cycling enthusiast or not, it’s hard not to get excited about the Tour De Yorkshire, especially when this year, it will be passing our doorstep!
Last year 9.7 million viewers in 180 different countries tuned in to the Tour De Yorkshire and the event generated £64 million for the Yorkshire economy. This year, businesses close to home will also benefit from the economic boost the race brings when it passes through the area during stage one of the tour.
Day one of the race will take place on Thursday, May 3rd and see the cyclists covering 182km of ground with the starting point being in Beverley. They will then proceed to the seaside resort of Hornsea and the peloton will then tackle a 16km loop before heading back through Beverley and into the Yorkshire Wolds.
The first classified climb at Baggaby Hill will get the legs pumping before a brisk descent into Pocklington for the opening intermediate sprint. After passing through Holme-on-Spalding Moor the pace will gradually ramp up again for a second sprint in Howden, then Airmyn, on to Rawcliffe and then it’s full steam into Doncaster on the newly opened Great Yorkshire Way. The riders will sweep past the world-famous racecourse before a flat-out finish along South Parade. No doubt, thousands of people will line the streets along the way to cheer the cyclists on, meaning it could be one of the busiest days Goole and Howden has ever seen.
Mel Walker, a founder and member of the Goole Roadies Cycling Club (GRCC), told us: “The Tour De Yorkshire increases visibility of cycling in general and the benefits, which not only include health and fitness but social ones too. The Tour is an exciting event with lots of sponsors and hype, which elevates people’s views of cycling.
“At Goole Roadies Cycling Club we welcome all ages and abilities. As one of a number of women that ride within the group I can say that joining has allowed me to meet like-minded people. There’s something for everyone – it’s not all just middle-aged men in lycra!”
Scott Caughey, another founder and member of GRCC, added: “A bloke that owns a bike shop in France, who has a pro cyclist friend, told him that after the Tour De France, the Tour De Yorkshire was the best race he’d ridden due to the fans. Because of these fans, the people of Yorkshire, the Tour De Yorkshire has arguably become a bigger race than the Tour of Britain.”
To find out more about GRCC and how you can get involved, visit www.britishcycling.org.uk or find them on Facebook.