I’m probably a bit bias but I love Yorkshire and everything about it, so I was mighty excited when I learnt that, following the success of Yorkshire in providing a scenic backdrop to the Grand Départ in the 2014 Tour de France, it would be holding its very own race, the appropriately titled Tour de Yorkshire, in 2015.
The three day extravaganza would begin in the coastal town of Bridlington and end in Leeds, taking participants up hill and down dale along a gruelling 515km route.
We watched from the top of a hill in Robin Hood’s Bay – the last hill of stage one which, we were told, was going to make or break the winner! It was hard enough to walk up never mind cycle up. Now, I can’t pretend to be any kind of cycling fan particularly, but I couldn’t help but get caught up in the festival atmosphere of the crowds. There was a great turn out and we met people that had come from all over the country to watch.
It’s hard to tell but in the very top photograph you can see Sir Bradley Wiggins who was racing with his new team. He appeared to be taking it pretty easy, either that or he just made it look effortless.
Fingers crossed for a Tour de Yorkshire 2016!