Excitement is definitely brewing in the dales for the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire over the weekend of 2 until 5 May with 38 teams competing. 3 May is Stage 2 for the men and Stage 1 for the women arriving in Harrogate from around 3pm onwards, travelling through Ripon and West Tanfield and finishing in Bedale about 4.30. Sure to be loads going on with freebies galore as the caravan travels past and special events to be found in the towns and villages.

The men’s race will see Team Ineos in action for the very first time after changing their name from Team Sky, and they will be joined by fellow UCI WorldTour outfits CCC Team, Team Dimension Data and Team Katusha Alpecin. Eight UCI Pro Continental teams will also be on the start list along with seven further British-based squads.

The Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race, which takes place on 3-4 May, reads like a who’s who of elite cycling talent with 12 out of the top 14 ranked teams in the world announced on the start list. Among them are Lizzie Deignan’s Trek-Segafredo squad, Boels Dolmans Cycling Team and race debutants Mitchelton Scott.

Four British teams will also be competing, with Drops Cycling, Storey Racing and Brother UK-Tifosi p/b OnForm lining up alongside the Great Britain national team.

We still have a few Country Hideaways holiday cottages available for that weekend, check out the dates to book online and give me, Nadine, or my daughter, Joanne, a call on 01969 663559 for friendly help and advice.

See you there!