Well folks its nearly here!
Excitement mounts as you tour round the local area, bunting is going up, painted bikes are appearing all over the place. Walking through Beverley yesterday more and more business are getting into the tour Spirit.
In Bridlington the town is awash with decorated bicycles and bunting. Many of the smaller villages on route have really gone to town with their decorations.
Where will you be watching this great sporting event?
Check out the excellent Le Tour de Yorkshire website for details.
Keep watching the TV, live coverage will be on ITV4 and Eurosport HD.
Photos from what was a great day in the Wolds.
Photos courtesy of Wolds Events.
Well the day dawned for the Heart of the Wolds sportive and despite the poor forecasts earlier in the week the actual day was still and bright, perfect for a challenge ride in the beautiful Wolds.
700 or more riders of varying abilities, some making their debut including one young man aged 12, Damien Curtis, completing The Langtoft Loop, a taxing 37 km circuit ridden with his proud Dad.
Repair2Ride was well represented by Craig's Dad, brother and wife Rachel along with several other members of the Sunday Girls Road Club. All completing their chosen routes in good times.
Repair2Ride was on hand to assist where needed with any unforeseen major repairs on route, and dealt with two riders both who had suffered broken spokes, some general gear adjustments and a rider who had crashed near Millington, who required help getting back on the road.
On completion all riders were welcomed with a tasty hot meal and plenty of rehydration plus a "goody" bag with a buff and a well deserved sample of Great Newsome Brewery's Maillot Jaune Ale!! Perfect after a long hard ride.
Well done to the organisers Phil and Adam and their dedicated team of helpers, who were friendly and helpful to all the participants. A mention to Mike on the loudspeaker who kept everyone entertained and informed as the riders returned triumphant, also Laura and daughter Millie from Rudstone Walk who helped sign people in and filled goody bags, East Coast Cycles for looking after the hot drinks and food at HQ, and Cliff Pratt Cycles who were also on hand to help riders who suffered mechanicals.
I am sure most riders will be looking forward already to next year's event. The last photo is of Mark Donaldson who was first rider back on the longest ride, covering 134km.
It's great to see so many cyclists out in the East Yorkshire countryside, especially as the weather has warmed up. Hopefully not as much as this guy!
The Tour de Yorkshire has announced a new trophy which looks spectacular, and as the race gets ever closer I have been busy spraying an old bike in the Tours colours for the East Riding Theatre to put out on display as the Tour de Yorkshire comes right past the theatre. Check out the theatre www.eastridingtheatre.co.uk.
Always remember to check your bike over, and make sure everything is working well, and lube the transmission and gears before riding it.
If your bike requires more maintenance then give repair2ride a call and I can arrange to come out and take a look and give it a service to get it up and running again.
Suttonbankbikes.co.uk check out the kids time trial at Sutton bank on this Saturday 4th April. There are three age categories for children aged 5-8, 9-12 or 13-16. Only £2.50 to enter. More info @sutton bank bikes or telephone 01845597759.
They also provide bike hire and guided rides for all the family.
April 6th Bishop Wilton lady bishops ride, contact breeze for more details.
7th April York sport circuit race at the British Cycling federation, lakeside way York
www.york.sport.com/cycling for the full programme of events.
9th April Driffield four seasons breezers are doing the Cawfeld and Nafferton loop. Contact breeze for more details.
Finally check out zazzle.co.uk for fun cycle accessories, even better than an Easter egg!
I am the company founder and a very keen cyclist who has enjoyed cycling since the first day I sat on my first bike. What I love about cycling is the freedom and chance to go places under your own steam. Plus, it keeps you fit and helps to save money on fuel too!