A softie’s guide to the Tour de Yorkshire – all the fun with none of the lycra

There are those who think the Tour de Yorkshire is too French. The multi-day race, an annual event since Yorkshire hosted the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014, is promoted by a French company; the climbs are named ‘Cote de’ this or that. Some say Upt’hill would be more appropriate.

On May 4 this year, 140 of the world’s elite cyclists will set off from Bridlington on day three – the coastal stage – of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. Media coverage of the 84-mile (135km) route will showcase the region. As riders limber up, Bridlington’s shellfishing harbour and prom will be the backdrop. Scenes of cyclists careening down hills at 60mph will be cut with shots of the majestic sweep of Robin…

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