Cyclists react to East Yorkshire Tour snub

Fireworks light up the sky above Leeds Town Hall in celebration of the Yorkshire Grand Depart Le Tour de France 2014.  Picture by Bruce Rollinson

Fireworks light up the sky above Leeds Town Hall in celebration of the Yorkshire Grand Depart Le Tour de France 2014. Picture by Bruce Rollinson

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LOCAL cyclists are looking on the bright side, despite the Tour de France 2014’s Yorkshire legs missing out the East Coast.

Bridlington, Scarborough, Whitby and Hornsea were all left off the two-day route, as were Beverley and Driffield.

Enthusiasts will have to travel to York to see the cream of the cycling crop, with much of the schedule covering North and West Yorkshire.

But members of Bridlington Cycling Club were neither surprised, nor too disappointed by East Yorkshire’s omission.

Trish Watson said: “The Tour has universal appeal being the biggest annual sporting event in the world and the Grand Depart, the start of the 2014 race, will be here in Yorkshire. Amazing.

“Of course Yorkshire is the biggest county and with so much to offer you cannot include it all, but the stage routes are so accessible to us all here, unlike the Olympic venues.

“You could just make a day of it, but we know the exact routes now so there is time to plan more.

“There must be plenty of us here on the coast who have accommodated ‘inland’ friends and family to a seaside visit who could now reciprocate.

“The Tour publicity is huge and to have it focus here means the whole region can benefit.

“As a tennis player and fan I could never play on the Wimbledon courts but as a cyclist I could be on the very same roads as all the Tour professionals come 2014. So I shall aim to be there for the Grand Depart, soaking up the atmosphere and so hoping to see Bradley Wiggins.”

Team-mate Brian Parling added: “Disappointing, but due to the gentle rolling nature of The Wolds, not a surprise.

“The challenging terrain of routes one and two will give attacking breakaways a reasonable chance of a stage win.”

More reaction in Thursday’s Free Press