Whitby welcome for the Tour de Yorkshire

Cyclists make their way through the outskirts of Whitby. Tour de Yorkshire - stage three, Sunday 1st May 2016. Picture: Scott Wicking.

Cyclists make their way through the outskirts of Whitby. Tour de Yorkshire - stage three, Sunday 1st May 2016. Picture: Scott Wicking.

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There were cheers of delight and applause for encouragement when cyclists passed through Whitby as the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire neared its conclusion.

The pack was pretty spread out giving the several hundreds of people in Whitby that had lined the streets to see the race plenty to shout about.

Crowds packed the main through route in the town centre from Bagdale all the way up to Green Lane, but the sight of the day was riders crossing Whitby’s historic swing bridge just after 3pm today (Sunday) and then coming past the spectacular sight of Whitby Abbey.

Supporters were waving flags, standing on bins to catch a glimpse of the action or peering out of the upstairs windows of shops on New Quay Road and Bridge Street.

Some shops even closed for half an hour to allow staff to see the race on what was already a busy bank holiday weekend in Whitby.

Race fans from all over the country were in Whitby today especially for the Tour de Yorkshire.

tour of yorkshire passing through grosmont, Whitby

tour of yorkshire passing through grosmont, Whitby

Jane Evans from Sheffield said: “When the Tour de France came through Sheffield we were there and it still as exciting to come and watch here. I absolutely loved watching them come through.

“We are here for the weekend and came about an hour before they came through from our accommodation to watch.”

In the Esk Valley there were parties, kids bike races and celebratory post race cocktails and music. Residents in Glaisdale were holding a community Tour@Glaisdale event with the entire race being screened followed by a bbq and bands night at the Robinson Institute.

Back at Grosmont there were puffs of steam from more than just the front runners as the pack crossed the historic railway line as steam engines fired up to celebrate the occasion and the climb up Grosmont hill.

1May 2016.......    The peloton makes its way up the Cote de Robin Hoods Bay on stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire from Middlesbrough to Scarborough. Picture Tony Johnson

1May 2016....... The peloton makes its way up the Cote de Robin Hoods Bay on stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire from Middlesbrough to Scarborough. Picture Tony Johnson

After Whitby the race headed for Robin Hood’s Bay where cyclists took on another grueller of a hill - the climb out of Fylingthorpe and back onto the A171.

From there it was the home straight to Scarborough for the grand finale finish.

1May 2016.......    The peloton makes its way up the Cote de Robin Hoods Bay on stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire from Middlesbrough to Scarborough. Picture Tony Johnson

1May 2016....... The peloton makes its way up the Cote de Robin Hoods Bay on stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire from Middlesbrough to Scarborough. Picture Tony Johnson