Cycling clubs gear up for Tour de Yorkshire

Local cycling clubs are already getting geared up for the Tour de Yorkshire’s visit to the area in May

Richardsons Cycle Club are planning a Go Ride event to coincide with the arrival of the Tour in Scarborough and the surrounding villages on Friday May 1.

The Go Ride events are aimed at encouraging juniors to take up cycling, with mountain bike races from under-sixes to under-14s.

Paul Marr, of Richardsons, said: “Bryden Simpson, who organises the Go Ride events, is seeking the relevant permissions to hold this event.”

He added: “As regards our members riding the route this will be discussed formally at meetings in March.

“I’m sure individual members will also be doing their own thing, the full route is not for the faint hearted.

“The club may organise shorter rides over part of the route, but May is quite a busy time of year for races.

“Individual members are likely to be answering the call to act as marshals.”

Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club press officer Graham Varley said: “I expect a number of members will be riding out to various points to see the race as the route gives the opportunity to do that and still get to the finish in time – I’ve taken the day off work to do that and I expect others will do the same.

“We haven’t discussed anything more formal as yet but it’s likely it will be brought up at our next club meeting on Tuesday February 3.”

The new YH Training Scarborough Road Club have also started making arrangements for the big race.

Simon Walker, the new club’s press secretary, said: “The group are organising a ride for Stage One to see the riders tackle the big climb at Rosedale and cheer on the cyclists

“For Stage Two we’ll be in York for the excitement of a city centre sprint.”

On Stage One, after leaving Bridlington the riders will head towards Pickering, through the national park, into Whitby before starting the final sprint.

The riders will come through Cloughton and take a left at The Three Jolly Sailors, taking in the coastal road and going past the Open Air Theatre.

From there the peloton will hang a right at Peasholm Park, zipping beyond Scarborough Cricket Ground before another sharp right up Castle Road.

Then it will be down Westborough, along Vernon Road past The Hole in the Wall and The Rotunda Museum before a sprint via Foreshore Road, Sandside and Marine Drive to the finish line at the Oasis Cafe on Royal Albert Drive.

Stage two on Saturday May 2 is one for the sprinters, and will see the race start in Selby before moving on to much of the Wolds, Beverley, Malton and York.

The final day will see the peloton starting in Wakefield, moving through Barnsley and finishing in Leeds.