After months of planning, the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire finally gets underway today with thousands expected to line the route of the first stage from Beverley to Doncaster.
The women's race is first this morning with the men's race beginning at 13.50. Organisers are confident it will be one of the region's biggest spectator events, especially if the weather forecast over the next four days is anything like it's promised to be by Calendar's Jon Mitchell!
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, which is staging the event, says preparations for the race by the communities around Yorkshire are 'as big if not bigger' than they were for the Tour de France in 2014.
One or big named riders taking part is Mark Cavendish who is returning to racing after injury at the San Remo race in Italy in March, fracturing a rib and damaging his ankle after colliding with a traffic bollard.