Excitement builds for Le Tour

'Youngsters will remember this day for the rest of their lives', says Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

'Youngsters will remember this day for the rest of their lives', says Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

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The bad weather hasn't stopped intrepid spectators from lining Beverley's Saturday Market ahead of Stage One of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Crowds are braving the rain as final preparations are made for the prestigious event.

Getting ready for the mascot race

Getting ready for the mascot race

But the deluge hasn't dampened the spirits of eager youngsters who are clamoring for a glimpse of Team GB and cycling stalwart Sir Bradley Wiggins.

And Cllr Stephen Parnaby, Leader of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, has confirmed the authority will bid for start or finish in next year's Tour de Yorkshire.

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.

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.