Excitement as the Tour De Yorkshire kicks off
This weekend the streets of our beautiful county will be filled with cyclists as the Tour De Yorkshire comes to town. There will be riders, including reigning Olympic and world road time-trail champion Bradley Wiggins, racing through the county from Bridlington to Leeds as they compete in the first ever Tour De Yorkshire. And we are full of excitement for the inaugural event.
In total there are 144 people taking part in the ride, which follows on from the Yorkshire leg of the Tour De France 2014. The excitement as the pelotons raced through the countryside, villages, towns and cities, was palpable and we are already feeling that again this year.
Last summer we saw thousands stop to enjoy the sight of the bikes whizzing past, as they tried to spot their favoured rider. Of course top of the list this time round is Wiggins and this could be one of his last road races, as he switches to track in preparation for Rio 2016. But he plans to attack so will definitely be one to watch.
Here in Helmsley we are extremely close to the routes being followed both today and tomorrow. We are looking forward to people taking to the streets to enjoy the racing and the influx of visitors the event will inevitably be bringing to the area.
The increase in tourism to the area was also a great part of the race and something we are experiencing again this year. In Bradford alone the tour led to a £12m tourist boost. As a secluded hotel and spa in the heart of Helmsley we are surrounded by countryside and an ideal retreat after the busy and exciting atmosphere of the tour.
Events like this can only be good news for anyone in our trade as well as the local economy. We hope the inaugural race will take place annually and become bigger and better.