Tour de Yorkshire in Bainton - eight riders in breakaway group

The small village of Bainton provided a traditional silver send-off for the Tour de Yorkshire competitors as they made their way though the rolling Wolds of East Yorkshire.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 2nd May 2015, 1:27 pm

Eight riders shot past the village six minutes ahead of the pack, watched by a cheering crowd of spectators.

Following a very quick section from Beverley, through the picturesque villages of Cherry Burton, Etton and Lund, the riders were met by the Driffield Silver Band, who played on a grassy area close to the B1248.

The band had been entertaining the spectators for around 35 minutes before the main event arrived on the scene and continued performing afterwards.

Sign up to our daily The Scarborough News Today newsletter

All the riders would have been instantly aware of the welcome as they came down the hill into the village and would have given them a boost ahead of the Wetwang Sprint and the Cote de Fimber as the peloton headed back into North Yorkshire.

The Parish Council of Wetwang had ordered more than 300 hand-held flags and 50 huge flags, which were fastened onto houses on the A166, to celebrate the occasion.

Following the testing route yesterday from Bridlington to Scaroborugh, the riders looking to be enjoying the undulating terrain and were eating up the miles.

Andy Grace, the conductor of Driffield Silver band, said: “We felt it was really important that we got right behind the Tour and show that we really wanted it to come through our area.

“Hopefully it will come back again and it becomes an annual event.”

A number of cycling enthusiasts from the Driffield area were following the route of the elite riders around half an hour afterwards.

The group decided to take on the challenge after being inspired by the Tour.