I was very keen to get out on my Road Bike at the weekend. Not only because of the sun and spring air, but because I was feeling inspired from visiting the Tour de Yorkshire last week.
With a fair few woolly hats and warm coats on display, crowds of excited faces lined the roads ready to see their favourite cyclists whizz past, or slog up the hill. Yorkshire’s beauty is such that you’d be forgiven for your eye wondering from the cycling to the spectacular views and historic villages. But as soon as the cheering starts and the cyclists appear in the distance, you are drawn straight back into the spectacle of hundreds of professional riders competing on the challenging stages of the Tour de Yorkshire.
It was really great to see so many fans turn out despite the decided nip in the air and some occasionally dodgy weather. All ages, and lots of families. The magic of a bank holiday weekend set everything up. I decided to set up camp at the Chevin, the last big climb before the riders descended into Leeds, for a good view of the action and soak in the atmosphere and scenery.
There is much to celebrate as Chris Lawless became the first ever Briton to win the Tour de Yorkshire. It was also great to see local Yorkshire man, Scott Thwaites, return to form with an 8th place, which is Yorkshire’s highest placed rider in the event ever.
Lawless, part of the new Team INEOS, put in a spectacular performance with support from his teammates including four-time Tour de France Champion Chris Froome.
Read all about the closing finale here on the Tour De Yorkshire website:
This year the Women’s race also took place over the 3rd and 4th, enabling great spectator support despite some quite grim weather, seeing Marianne Vos take a fantastic win.
Fancy the challenge yourself? Don’t forget you can join in the Sportif next year with 3 different lengths of route to suit different abilities. Put a note in your diary to book your place in 2020! Check out the wealth of information about the ride here:
Attending an event like this certainly gets the road-riding juices stirring. So we thought we’d dedicate the next couple of weeks as a bit of a road-bike-special. We are offering free Shimano inner gear and brake cable upgrades for all road bikes booked for a Deluxe or Super Deluxe service before the 24th May 2019. Simply mention ‘Free Shimano Cable Upgrade’ in your booking. Offer excludes hydraulic systems.
Hope to see your bike soon!