The much anticipated Tour de Yorkshire gets underway today, with the first stage of the men’s race beginning in Doncaster and ending in Selby after a 182.5km route.
The men’s tour will span over 617km in four days while the women’s tour will cover 264km over two days.
The tour attracted 2.5 million people to come and watch in 2018, with many more watching the television coverage. This year tour organisers are expecting an even bigger crowd.
The women’s Tour begins tomorrow and will use the same route as the men’s second and third stages.
The tour will end on Sunday in Leeds, after beginning in Halifax.
There will also be a Tour de Yorkshire ride, where amateurs will get a chance to enjoy road cycling on a pre-prepared route.
Gabriella Shaw, rider for team Brother UK Tifosi P/B on form, discussed her teams’ chances this year.
She said: “We’ve got a really strong team, with a lot of all rounders. I’m hopeful we can crack the top 15 this year.”
Shaw, from Bramhope, also spoke about competing on her local roads.