Council to bid for Le Tour 2017

Excitement is building ahead of the beginning of Stage One

Excitement is building ahead of the beginning of Stage One

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The East Riding of Yorkshire Council has confirmed it will bid for a stage in the Tour de Yorkshire next year.

This year's race bypassed towns such as Bridlington, but hopes are high the event will return to the county in 2017.

Leader of the East Riding Council Stephen Parnaby OBE said the authority will bid for a start of finish at next year's Tour de Yorkshire

Leader of the East Riding Council Stephen Parnaby OBE said the authority will bid for a start of finish at next year's Tour de Yorkshire

Leader of the East Riding Council, Cllr Stephen Parnaby OBE, said: "We are part of it this year, we were part of it last year, and we want to continue it."

The Stage One ceremonial start will begin at 11.50am in the Saturday Market in Beverley, where the riders will go down Toll Gavel, before moving on to Cross Street, Lord Roberts Road and Railway Street. The participants will then take a right on to Trinity Lane, Armstrong Lane, past Flemingate Shopping Centre, and then onto Flemingate.

The B1230 leads the riders through Minster Yard South and Keldgate before turning right on to Lairgate, passing St Mary’s Church. They will then turn left on to the A1174 towards Beverley Racecourse, which is the official start line for the race, at around noon.

The riders will then join the A1035 towards Cherry Burton and going through Main Street and Etton Road towards Etton.

The peloton passes historic Beverley Minster during last year's Tour de Yorkshire

The peloton passes historic Beverley Minster during last year's Tour de Yorkshire

Key points along the route include the first sprint point at Bubwith at 1.06pm, then Tadcaster at 1.50pm, Knaresborough at 2.22pm, then the first King of the Mountain (KoM) point at Greenhow Hill at 3.02pm.

From there riders will visit Grassington at 3.20pm and cross the finish line at Settle for the first time at 4.06pm, before completing a circuit through Giggleswick and the stage finale at Settle at 4.26pm.