Tour de Yorkshire, 3rd – 6th May 2018

Ask any Yorkshireman – or woman – where he or she was, and what they were doing, on the first weekend of July 2014 and I’m pretty sure he could tell you. That was the weekend our spectacular county, with its stunning scenery and glorious towns was beamed to televisions and large screens all across the world. That was the weekend that Yorkshire hosted the Grand Depart, the first stage of the premier cycling event, the Tour de France. So hugely successful was it and so enthusiastically did the people of Yorkshire get behind it, that it spawned the beginning of the now annual Tour de Yorkshire.

This year’s event, which will take place over four days, May 3-6, is as eagerly anticipated as ever. Each day, which will see the cyclists cover different areas of this vast and diverse county, has been allotted a title, and the third day, Saturday 5th May, is dubbed “Market Towns”.

Setting off from the ancient and picturesque market town of Richmond (the first Richmond in the world), the cyclists will rapidly arrive in the not-so-well-known, but equally pretty market town of Bedale.

If you want to watch the competitors race but also want to get caught up in the carnival atmosphere, why not come to Bedale? As well as a large screen playing out the race as it unfolds, there will be plenty of space to get close to the action as the cyclists ride along the High Street. Both before the race itself arrives, and after the cyclists have gone through, there will be lots for the visitor to enjoy. In the grounds of Bedale Hall at the top of the Georgian High Street there will be food and drink stalls and all of the individual shops and businesses will be putting on their best show, with decorated windows, competitions and a generally welcoming party spirit. Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast or not, you will have a day to remember!

Contributed by Chris Redman – Yorkshire Blue Badge Guide
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