Region gets into gear for Tour

The peloton passing through Market Weighton during the first ever Tour de Yorkshire last year.
The peloton passing through Market Weighton during the first ever Tour de Yorkshire last year.

Cycling fever is set to hit the region tomorrow (29 April) when the Tour de Yorkshire returns to the area.

Thousands of people are set to line the streets of Market Weighton and surrounding villages to cheer on cycling stars competing in the three-day event.

The sporting extravaganza gets underway tomorrow and some of the world’s best cyclists will be sweeping through East Yorkshire, including Market Weighton, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Foggathorpe and Bubwith, during stage one.

Market Weighton will be decked out in blue and yellow bunting, balloons and old bikes for the major international cycle race.

Market Weighton Town Team member and newsagent Lionel Cashin, owner of The Paper Shop, on Market Place, said: “It really was unbelievable last year. I’m sure last year’s success will be repeated.

“The town team are putting the yellow and blue bunting up, I’m sure there will be old bikes on display. It will be a great atmosphere.”

Mayor of Market Weighton, councillor Peter Hemmerman, added: “I don’t think it will be quite as busy as last year as it is a Friday but it should be busy still. We’re hoping school kids and pre-school kids will be able to see it. It’s something they will remember.

“I think people will be out waving their flags and bunting will be up.

“Market Weighton has become quite a cycling centre sunce the first Tour de Yorkshire.”
Last year, the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire winded its way through Market Weighton, Stamford Bridge, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Sancton, North Newbald, Foggathorpe, Bubwith.

In Holme-on-Spalding Moor this year, the village will be decorated with bunting and at the primary school, pupils are making flags to wave and will be dressing in blue and yellow. A cheer leader group from the school will be performing to celebrate the race passing through the village and all staff and pupils will be going to watch the event.

The complete Tour course will cover three stages – one stage each day:

STAGE 1 - Starts at Beverley and ends at Settle.

STAGE 2 - Starts at Otley and ends in Doncaster.

STAGE 3 - Starts at Middlesbrough and finishes in Scarborough.