Cycling enthusiasts in Bridlington are counting down the days until the first Tour de Yorkshire departs from the town.
The inaugural race will start at The Spa on May 1, and the prospect of seeing some of Europe’s top names is exciting local fans.
Trish Watson from Bridlington Cycling Club said: “The club members are most certainly excited, but people in general have commented to me, that they are pleased that the Tour de Yorkshire will be in East Yorkshire.
“I am delighted that Bridlington is to host the inaugural Tour, I think this is special.
“Cyclists are planning possible routes to ride to between different vantage points. They will end up with as many miles as the competitors.
“I intend to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy all the build up of excitement and anticipation at the start area, watching the whole bike show with Bridlington as the backdrop.
“It would be magic if Sir Bradley Wiggins was in the Sky team, but equally I would hope to see Gary Verity, the man with the vision, passion, energy and talent to get the Grand Depart in Leeds for last year’s Tour de France, and now Bridlington for the Tour de Yorkshire.”
The prospect of being able to take part in the Sportive event on day three, which allows amateur riders to ride part of the Tour’s route ahead of the professionals, is an added attraction.
Brian Parling, another Bridlington CC rider, said: “Few of us could ever run on to the grass at Wembley, Lords or Twickenham but in cycling you can test yourself on the iconic climbs.
“Last year it was even possible to ride Tour de France stages in our own county. It is a great achievement for Bridlington to host opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire.
“The British teams, including Sky, will be here and because it is a UCI-approved race, some of the big European teams will hopefully compete.
“For this to happen in our hometown, for us it could not be better.”
Meanwhile, a Bridlington business which aims to get people cycling has also welcomed the news the town will play such a key role.
Christian Jordan of Spa Cycle Hire in Horsforth Avenue, said: “We will be offering cycle hire at a reduced cost for those wishing to attend the tour. Hopefully the use of cycles instead of cars will result in fewer parking problems and also the event being a little greener.”