The bunting is up, the flags are flying ... and they’re off!
Today (May 1) saw the start of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, with a world-class field of cyclists heading from Bridlington to Scarborough.
On Saturday they will make their way from Selby to York before racing from Wakefield to Leeds on Sunday.
It is hoped that one million spectators will help to recreate the carnival atmosphere generated by Yorkshire’s hosting of the opening stages of last year’s Tour de France.
And the large crowds that are expected mean people have been urged to plan their journeys and work out in advance where they will be watching.
Gary Verity, chief executive of co-organiser Welcome To Yorkshire, said: “The eyes of the world will once more be on Yorkshire and we want everyone to have a fabulous, memorable time.
“So that means planning, allowing plenty of time and making some memories.”
To try to minimise disruption, a system of rolling road closures lasting no more than an hour will be in operation on most parts of the route.
Transport bosses say there could still be significant disruption to bus services in West Yorkshire on Sunday.
Also on Sunday, extra trains will be running on the Leeds-Selby, Leeds-Wakefield Westgate-Sandal & Agbrigg and Bradford Forster Square-Shipley-Ilkley routes.
People heading to the Wakefield-Leeds leg of the race should consider taking an umbrella as rain is forecast for later in the day.
For further information, visit: www.letouryorkshire.com