Yesterday I spent the day on Sutton Bank near Thirsk in North Yorkshire waiting for the riders competing in the third stage of the Tour de Yorkshire cycling race to hit the hill.
Not for the feint hearted the steep climb provided challenges to the cyclists – and for the photographer – but also offered a great opportunity for the spectators who had turned out in their thousands to watch the climb, cheer the riders and make a day of it.
Beginning in the market town of Richmond the 181km stage headed east across the county before finishing on the sea front in the North Yorkshire town of Scarborough.
The race this year is only the fourth to be held but has already become recognised as one of the biggest races in the UK’s cycling calendar. It began in 2014 as a legacy event when the Grand Depart for the Tour de France was held in North Yorkshire.
The event this year is expected to be the biggest so far and the race has been extended from three to four days.
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