You will have seen the blue and yellow bunting, the bikes dotted across the region so its just a little reminder that in I just a matter of days now until the Tour de Yorkshire arrives in Middlesbrough. And if you are still not clued up on where you can get caught up in the action, here are all the details of Stage 3 you need to know.
Tour de Yorkshire Teesside route
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The Tour de Yorkshire starts this Friday in Beverley. That day’s race will end in Settle, and Stage 2 will go from Otley to Doncaster.
Day three of the cycle race will start in Middlesbrough’s Centre Square at 11.10am.
The riders will then pass The Gazette on Borough Road, before heading towards Teesside University.
They will then head down Linthorpe Road to the Cenotaph and through Albert Park, before heading up Marton Road and past the new Middlesbrough Sports Village. A quick detour will see them ride through Stewart Park and past the birthplace of Captain Cook before heading through Marton to the official race start on the A172 at Nunthorpe.
The riders will then go through Great Ayton and Stokesley before heading onto Northallerton, Great Ayton and Thirsk.
It promises to be a thrilling climax to the 2016 race, and the town is already hard at work ensuring it’s a memorable experience for all involved, from the elite racing teams to the thousands of spectators who will flock into to town to cheer the peloton on its way.
The event comes at the heart of Middlesbrough’s very own Enjoy the Ride festival which will feature a packed programme of events in the build-up to the Tour de Yorkshire and throughout the summer.
The festival – details to be announced shortly – will cover a feast of sport and leisure activity from community cycle rides and live music to the arts and great food. It’s an open invitation to explore all Middlesbrough has to offer and a celebration of the Tour de Yorkshire’s arrival in the town.
The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire in 2015 attracted one and a half million spectators and more than six million global television viewers, and generated an estimated £50 million in economic benefit to the areas involved.
Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “To be invited to host such a prestigious event is a major coup for Middlesbrough and one which will show the town off to a worldwide television audience.
“It’s a unique chance for local people to see some of the greatest athletes in the world in action, and the town will provide a fantastic backdrop for what will undoubtedly be a memorable spectacle.
“The theme is a timely celebration of our proud links with Captain Cook and this is a fantastic opportunity to share that heritage with a whole new audience.
“It’s something for the whole town to get involved and play a part in – the legacy for Middlesbrough will be huge.”
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The routes for this year’s race showcase Yorkshire’s stunning scenery and will also deliver an excellent sporting event.
“They’re eagerly anticipated by fans, riders and teams and we have all the ingredients for another spectacular race which will bring the crowds back out.”
The 198km route ends in to Scarborough.