With just a few weeks to go until Beverley see’s the Start and first stage of one of the most prestigious races on the international cycling calendar we thought we would bring you some inside information to help you plan your day and your spectating.
Here is the HU17 Guide to Stage One of the Tour de Yorkshire, this year starting in Beverley on Friday 29th April.
What’s the race all about?
It’s a three stage race around Yorkshire for some of the top cycling teams in the world, including the UK’s very own Team Sky. This year the opening stage runs from Beverley to Settle, a distance of 186 kms.
Who will be there?
There are some of the bigger World Tour Teams like Team Sky, BMC, Katusha, Orica Green Edge, Giant Alpecin and Lotto Jumbo. You normally see these teams at the Grand Tours such as the Tour de France. They are supported at this event by some of the Pro Tour and National Teams, who have some of the leading young talent in world cycling in their ranks, watch out for Team Wiggins. Whilst we haven’t had the team line ups confirmed some of the big stars could be here. Both Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish’s teams are racing!
What happens before the start?
It all centres around Saturday Market. Firstly the riders will come up in their teams to sign on and be introduced to the crowds. Its your chance to see the riders and their state of the art bikes up close and personal. There will also be entertainment including stunt riders and a personal appearance by Rebecca Romero a former Olympic cyclist. Around 11:50am there will be a Ceremonial Start, which will include a parade lap around Beverley. The race proper will start near the Racecourse at Noon.
Where will the Parade Lap go?
The peleton will travel South down Toll Gavel and go past County Hall via Cross Street, on to the Courts, Wednesday Market and the railway station. It will then pass by the East Riding College campus and the new Flemingate Shopping Centre before it gets to the Minster and heads down Keldgate before turning right at the mini roundabouts, joining Lairgate and then passing through The Georgian Quarter and North Bar and up York Road.
Where is the best spot to view all the action?
Believe it or not Saturday Market. There will be all the action before the race and a big TV screen covering the parade lap, the Start on the Westwood and the rest of the stage live as it heads up to Settle, getting there around 4:30pm. There will be lots to see and do in the square plus all the restaurants, coffee shops and bars will be open for spectators.
Where else in Beverley will be good?
Anywhere on the parade lap will be memorable for residents and visitors alike. However highlight spots will be Wednesday Market, Flemingate, the Minster, Lairgate, the Georgian Quarter and North Bar.
What about around Beverley?
The route goes through Cherry Burton (12:07), Etton (12:10), South Dalton (12:14), Holme on the Wolds (12:16), Lund (12:20), Middleton (12:22) and Market Weighton (12:40). Any of the roads on the route will make an excellent vantage point, especially at South Dalton.
Can I watch it on television?
You will be able to pick up the race live on ITV4 from 2:30pm with highlights, including the start, at 7pm on Friday evening.
What tips do you have for watching?
Decide where you want to watch and get there early, at least an hour beforehand. For families its probably best sticking to Saturday Market or the better spots in the town. The riders will go slowly on the Parade Lap and the stars will be at the front so you should see them. Once into the race proper the speeds will increase so choose a vantage point that overlooks a long stretch or is higher up. Watch the weather, you could be stood for a while and umbrella’s are unpopular because they spoil other peoples view.
We hope you enjoy yourselves and make a full day of the whole event. Cycling draws big crowds and there will be a big influx of visitors to Beverley on the day. Driving and parking will be difficult so walk to where you want to spectate if possible.
There will be plenty of keen cyclists around to help fill you in on whats happening and in Saturday market there will be live commentary. The big TV is a great idea so head towards the town centre once the Parade Lap is over and pick up on the action.
This article covers everything we know right now. If anything changes or new things are put on the daytime agenda we will update you, so keep coming back to HU17 and forward this page on to all your friends – its going to be an event not to be missed!