With just 365 days to the start of the Tour de Yorkshire more details have been released of the struggles the riders will face.
Organisers have already rejected an offer from famous Yorkshire artist Ashley Jackson to design the artwork and branding for the event, saying his pictures were far too dismal, even though it was spitting at the time.
In accordance with local tradition, all cycle helmets will be of the flat cap style and all external branding will be banned. This may make it a little more difficult to identify individuals in the pack, but they will be a lot safer anyway if they stick together through certain areas of Huddersfield.
During lunch breaks visitors from overseas will be able to enjoy such traditional snap as bread and drip, corned beef sarny’s and tripe, washed down with homemade ginger ale. Suggestions that this was just a ploy to disadvantage the top European competitors (used to high energy drinks) were rejected by Gary Verity, who pointed out that the Triathlete Brownlee brothers ate this every day, and besides it was the French who invented the abomination that was Garlic Bread.
Betting on the race is expected to be very popular along the route, with good odds on such events as first rider to puke and rider who eats the most pies.
The often inclement weather on the hills may be expected to play a part but riders will be issued with a pakamac and the leading riders will all have a yellow gansy to keep them warm. Snow sticks at the side of the road are to be repainted soon so they can be seen through the low cloud (summer fog). Holme Valley mountain rescue team will be on high alert during the climb over Holme Moss, not wishing to repeat the fiasco from 1985 when the milk race went through the valley. Over 100 riders attempted the climb but only 65 appeared at the other side. Some are still being held hostage in ginnels around Hebden Bridge.