Weeks of waiting are over as first stage of Tour de Yorkshire sets off

Local Whitby lads Lee Marchment and James Forster dug out their finest Yorkshire attire and cycled the Whitby stretch of the Tour de Yorkshire ahead of the event on Friday, on their trusty Penny Farthings. Stage one of the Tour will pass through Whitby before finishing down the coast in Scarborough''29 April 2015

Local Whitby lads Lee Marchment and James Forster dug out their finest Yorkshire attire and cycled the Whitby stretch of the Tour de Yorkshire ahead of the event on Friday, on their trusty Penny Farthings. Stage one of the Tour will pass through Whitby before finishing down the coast in Scarborough''29 April 2015

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After weeks of waiting, cycle fever is finally about to grip the town as the Tour de Yorkshire sets off today.

Stage One of the three day race sets off from Bridlington later this morning but mostly passes through Whitby and district bringing with it some of the most famous names in cycling such as Sir Bradley Wiggins, Marcel Kittel and Ben Swift.

Andy Slater checks out a prime spot for viewing the Tour de Yorkshire, from his aptly coloured yellow Beetle, as it passes through Whitby on Friday. The view point, at the top of Blue Bank in Sleights is along the cycle route, which begins in Bridlington before passing through the North Yorkshire Moors and along the coast to Scarborough ''29 April 2015

Andy Slater checks out a prime spot for viewing the Tour de Yorkshire, from his aptly coloured yellow Beetle, as it passes through Whitby on Friday. The view point, at the top of Blue Bank in Sleights is along the cycle route, which begins in Bridlington before passing through the North Yorkshire Moors and along the coast to Scarborough ''29 April 2015

Cyclists will take in some of the most spectacular coast and country scenery between Castleton, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay along the 174km first stage - eventually finishing in Scarborough.

There are plenty of challenging inclines such as Limber Hill at Glaisdale, Front Street at Grosmont and the Sledgates climb from Fylingthorpe back up to the A171.

It will be pedal power all the way on sprint sections of the Whitby stages namely Coach Road at Sleights and Mayfield Road as cyclists come into Whitby.

The race is expected in Danby around 2.24pm, Whitby at around 3.09pm and Robin Hood’s Bay at 3.20pm.

Fiona Hart waters her flower arrangement, she has decorated her house on Eskdaleside in Grosmont near Whitby ahead of of Tour de Yorkshire on Friday. Three steam engines will fire a plume of steam as the cyclists pass through Grosmont station and cross the train line at around 3pm before continuing on to Whitby. Stage one of the Tour begins in Bridlington on Friday morning and makes its way up the Yorkshire Coast, through the North Yorkshire Moors and finishes in Scarborough''29 April 2015

Fiona Hart waters her flower arrangement, she has decorated her house on Eskdaleside in Grosmont near Whitby ahead of of Tour de Yorkshire on Friday. Three steam engines will fire a plume of steam as the cyclists pass through Grosmont station and cross the train line at around 3pm before continuing on to Whitby. Stage one of the Tour begins in Bridlington on Friday morning and makes its way up the Yorkshire Coast, through the North Yorkshire Moors and finishes in Scarborough''29 April 2015

Peter James, Fire man for The Green Knight steam train, stands aboard the front panel with a Yorkshire flag as final preparations are made to the engine ahead of Tour de Yorkshire on Friday. The engine will fire a plume of steam from Grosmont station, near Whitby as the cyclists pass through the North Yorkshire Moors Railway station and cross the train line at around 3pm before continuing on to Whitby. Stage one of the Tour begins in Bridlington on Friday morning and makes its way up the Yorkshire Coast, through the North Yorkshire Moors and finishes in Scarborough''29 April 2015

Peter James, Fire man for The Green Knight steam train, stands aboard the front panel with a Yorkshire flag as final preparations are made to the engine ahead of Tour de Yorkshire on Friday. The engine will fire a plume of steam from Grosmont station, near Whitby as the cyclists pass through the North Yorkshire Moors Railway station and cross the train line at around 3pm before continuing on to Whitby. Stage one of the Tour begins in Bridlington on Friday morning and makes its way up the Yorkshire Coast, through the North Yorkshire Moors and finishes in Scarborough''29 April 2015