By Joe Hewlett and Peter Hampshire
Dull, damp and brisk weather threatened to ward off a healthy turn out at the grand opening of the second Tour de Yorkshire. However, the joyous scenes that greeted today’s riders were never in doubt.
From Beverley to Settle businesses and public alike were set to host another landmark occasion in Yorkshire’s sporting history. Coffee shops, pubs and churches welcomed tourists as they enjoyed a marquee weekend.
Ripley looked to take advantage of a bank-holiday boom in trade. Local schoolchildren decorated the village with cycling themed artwork and the ‘Friends of Ripley’ group opened up their weekly café.
Following the course through the Nidderdale Valley onto Pately Bridge, packed pubs and cafes waited patiently for stars such as Bradley Wiggins and Lars Petter Nordhaug.
At the summit of the grueling Greenhow Hill climb crowds eagerly awaited a break-away pack of riders. One of those waiting was Ilkley Cycling, with a large range of bikes on offer to anyone wishing to get on the saddle.
Below you can watch the riders struggle up the final section of their gruesome climb.