Whilst driving home from work this evening I noticed signs had been put up advising of delays due to a cycle race. This reminded me that whilst the leading lights of cycling tear through the countryside of France a lesser known cycle race - the East Yorkshire Classic - will be taking place over the Yorkshire Wolds on Sunday 18 July 2010.
This 98 mile race which starts and finishes in Beverley will be a tough test as it takes in some of the steepest inclines on the Wolds. The race is the final event in a weekend of cycling events centred on Beverley.
On the Friday night a circuit race takes place round the narrow and cobbled streets of the town centre. This offers great vantage points for spectators to get close to the action and pop in to some of Beverley's many pubs to get some refreshment on what's bound to be a warm summer evening.
Saturday brings a change of tempo with club riders able to choose from three routes starting and finishing in Beverley of 60, 100 or 160 kilometre routes across the Yorkshire Wolds giving them a chance to enjoy the fabulous countryside. I'll be taking the time to watch some of the action from just outside one of the aforementioned pubs. More details of the races can be found at - East Yorkshire Classic