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Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 02 May, 2018 20:04

The Tour de Yorkshire international cycling race starts tomorrow and it is being transmitted on ITV4 for those who cannot get to the carnival. Yours truly is marshalling on Friday and Sunday; sadly I am a bit too long in the tooth to actually ride it, or the related sportive activities.
It promises to be a true festival of everything that Yorkshire can offer, especially as the weather is turning in our favour.
Anyone on Old Pool Bank ( Friday) or Arthington Bank/Black Rock Road on Sunday, if you see me in my white "Tourmakers" coat, please come up and say hello.

Even if you have not ridden a bike since school days, this promises to be a real festival for Yorkshire and a great international stage for God's County.

Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 02 May, 2018 20:57

Yep, agree 100% Almo. It's getting bigger every year and is now the UKs biggest cycling event generatng far more interest than the tour of Britain imho. It's slowly starting to attract he big name riders as well. Cavendish and Van Avaermat this year amongst others.

I've been every year so far and this year it's passing through Leeming so hats where I'll be.

Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: JDH (IP Logged)
Date: 02 May, 2018 21:48

And if you live on the route all the pot holes and dodgy bits of road get fixed. Marvellous

Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: Albert Fishwick (IP Logged)
Date: 03 May, 2018 13:13

Entertaining first stage of the womens' race this morning and nice to see it happen under sunny skies. A very creditable 8th place in the final sprint for Abby-Mae Parkinson, who went to Bradford Grammar.



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Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 03 May, 2018 20:35

Looked like a fairly good stage today having just watched the highlights. The 'will they won't they' finish was thrilling.

Fantastic to see a Yorkshireman take the stage and, of course, the first leaders jersey, and for a conti team as well. Well done Harry Tanfield.

Good luck for tomorrow Almo

Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 03 May, 2018 21:25

Thanks or your encouragement, LT, though I won't personally be going for the King of the Mountains title!
Today's stage was meant to be a Cav win, sadly he doesn't seem to have recovered enough from his serious accident yet - hopefully he will fare better on Saturday.
Tomorrow should be an excellent day of cycling in good weather in the brilliant Yorkshire countryside. My tip is Greg Avenmaert, as this stage is similar to the Tour of Flanders, with lots of short, sharp hills.

Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 03 May, 2018 21:56

Quote:
almostatyke
Today's stage was meant to be a Cav win, sadly he doesn't seem to have recovered enough from his serious accident yet - hopefully he will fare better on Saturday.

We didn't get to find out as the peloton misjudged the conditions and the breakaway did enough to stay away.

Do you reckon Van Avaermat can win win by enough to defend it to the end?

Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 04 May, 2018 08:40

Quote:
leemingtyke
Do you reckon Van Avaermat can win win by enough to defend it to the end?

Yes. Winning today will be the hard bit, if he does that he is a classy rider who should be able to control the attacks IMHO.

Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: Albert Fishwick (IP Logged)
Date: 04 May, 2018 08:55

He had a pretty average classics season and must be ready for a break so I'm not sure where he will figure today.



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Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 04 May, 2018 12:54

He only does the early Flemish classics, missing the later Ardennes classics so has already had a rest.

Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: Albert Fishwick (IP Logged)
Date: 04 May, 2018 17:27

Except for this year, when he raced Amstel Gold, so he''s only had a couple of weeks off.



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Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: Albert Fishwick (IP Logged)
Date: 04 May, 2018 17:45

Anyway, he wasn't far off!



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Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 04 May, 2018 20:36

Absolutely right, Albert, if he had listened to me and not done Amstel he would be in the blue jersey now!
Greg would never survive the climbs (30+) of the Amstel course, whereas today's parcours was more his cup of tea.

Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 04 May, 2018 22:08

Another good stage today, first hilltop finish keenly contested.

Richmond to Scarbados tomorrow passing through the defacto capital of Gods county, I am of course talking about Leeming Bar, where yours truly will be firmly in place outside the Corner House public house.

Bring it on

Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 05 May, 2018 09:26

Watching the TdY is thirsty work, especially with the mercury heading north of 22 deg C, best not wander too far from a source of refreshment, LT!

(Sm134)

Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 05 May, 2018 09:42

My thoughts exactly Almo.

Beer related safety first!

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Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: Beeston Lion (IP Logged)
Date: 05 May, 2018 13:12

And I am on Tour Maker duty tomorrow in Pateley Bridge when its going to be warmer still!!

Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 05 May, 2018 21:10

Enjoy your day, BL!

I will be on Arthington Bank, with my white coat and blue cap, "Tourmaking" what is called the cote de Black Hill. It is the last hill & sprint of the race so could well be significant.

My money is still on Van the man.

Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: Bobba (IP Logged)
Date: 05 May, 2018 21:55

Almo. You weren't the one on day 2 that sent the leading group the wrong way? I seem to recognize the loop taken from a walk we did some time ago! Mind you I could be wrong.

Re: Tour de Yorkshire
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 05 May, 2018 22:15

Cracking day today.

Glorious sunshine, the Baa Baa was spot on, watched the race go by then walked into Bedale to watch the rest on the big screen in the park. This really is an outstanding event.



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