Lovely place, Yorkshire, except for the weather. Even in the summer it can be baking one minute and tipping it down the next.
We’re more or less guaranteed some pretty awful weather for the Tour de Yorkshire this weekend, too, if the most recent spring classics are anything to go by. Sunday’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege was re-routed because of snow and winter wonderland pics ahead of the Tour de Romandie time trial prologue have been doing the rounds on Instagram.
We’re not going to get tropical temperatures anytime soon so we might as well get on with it. And they call this spring.
The Tour kicks off with a 186km stage from Beverly to Settle on Friday April 29. On Saturday 30 there’s a 136km stage between Otley and Doncaster and more importantly the women’s race on exactly the same course. Otley, you of course know, is the home of Lizzie Armitstead. Then on Sunday, the final stage takes us officially into May and also from Middlesbrough to Scarbrough, a 198km stage.
By that time the snow should be absolutely hoofing it down and the riders will be shovelling themselves out of snowdrifts as the Yorkshire Moors become the Ice Planet Hoth. Still, at least they will be more noticeable against the white backdrop.
Maybe we’re letting our imaginations run away with us. Then again, it is Yorkshire.
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