The riders in today’s first stage of the ‘Tour de Yorkshire’ cycle race are being advised to use snow tyres, as an entirely normal April weather for the county is expected to affect the route today.
The organisers of the race have confirmed that the first stage from Beverley to the Yorkshire Dales town of Settle will go ahead as normal today, once the snowploughs clear the route of lying snowdrifts and extensive patches of black ice.
Attention is currently focussed on the high pass between Knaresborough and Skipton, which has only just been opened up for pubic use, following its annual winter closure.
A spokesman for the Tour said, “We’re advising spectators to wear thermals and skiing gloves, and to huddle together to avoid getting hypothermia as they await the arrival of the frozen peloton.
“And we’re hoping that the igloos that have been constructed at regular intervals along the route will save lives today.’