Bridlington could be treated to ‘two starts’ in its participation in the new prestigious Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.
The Free Press can reveal the riders will commence their 108 mile journey from outside Bridlington Spa - and Sewerby Hall and Gardens could be the location for the second official start to proceedings.
Similar to the Tour de France, there will be a warm-up start with the flag for the off being raised outside Sewerby Hall and Gardens.
A Tour de Yorkshire spokesperson said: “A warm-up start is used for the Tour de France so we decided to incorporate the theme for the new Tour de Yorkshire cycling race for the main reason that they can get the riders out of town safely. This will give the riders a chance to cycle to a wider open road before starting the race properly.”
The warm-up start is set to be between five and 10km long featuring Bridlington before reaching Sewerby Hall and Gardens, where the flag is expected to be waved and the start car to depart, indicating the start of the race.
The race is being organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation, with support from British Cycling and local authorities throughout the county.
The Amaury Sport Organisation are based in France and are due to fly back to Yorkshire in February to finalise the neutralised routes. A Tour de Yorkshire spokesperson added: “We currently have a draft start in place for Bridlington but obviously these could still change.
“We expect to release official confirmation of the start of stage one in mid February which will give spectators the chance to see professional cycling through Bridlington.”