HOT on the wheels of the grandest ever Grand Depart when the Tour de France came to Yorkshire is a major new race.
The Tour de Yorkshire, on May 1 - 3, is the biggest new three-day international cycle race in the world and features some of the globe’s biggest teams.
And even better, it’s a great free day out for the family. Stage 1 rides from Bridlington to Scarborough, stage 2 is Selby to York and stage 3 is Wakefield to Leeds.
Team Sky, Giant Alpecin, Great Britain’s national team plus the new Team Wiggins are all part of an 18-strong field – featuring some of the biggest riders on the planet including Sir Bradley Wiggins and sprint star Marcel Kittel.
Whether you’re a cycling fan or not, it’s an amazing spectacle. A host of free events are running right across the three days with spectator hubs in Pickering, Danby, Whitby, Norton, Wakefield and Ilkley. Roundhay Park, where the final day culminates, will host a range of fun activities too.
A good tip is to plan ahead where you want to watch, allow plenty of time to get there and check travel websites and the official Twitter feeds on the days.
There’s more free entertainment in York on Thursday April 30 at the Eve of Tour Celebration. Hosted by cycling presenter OJ Borg, it will feature entertainment, music and celebrities from the world of cycling.
The event at 6pm includes a special performance by Alistair Griffin of the official anthem he wrote for last year’s Grand Départ of the Tour de France, The Road.
Race dates: May 1,2,3 (see website for timings)
Attraction Website: www.letouryorkshire.com
For more days out see www.yorkshire.com