For the first time, the Tour de Yorkshire has passed through Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.
The peloton of top national and international cyclists pedalled their way from Richmond to Piave Lines in Catterick Garrison where the flag dropped to officially begin the 181km ride to Scarborough’s North Bay.
In true military fashion, the start line was marked by two Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicles and the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Dragoon Guards based at Alma Barracks.
Lieutenant Colonel Joe Jordan, Commander of Catterick Garrison, said:
“It is very special for the Tour de Yorkshire to come through the Garrison this year.
"Every village and town in Yorkshire hopes to have a piece of the action and we were very pleased to secure this for the Garrison.”
This year was the fourth edition of the famous race which wended its way around the county through specially decorated villages.
Thousands of people lined the route to watch the spectacle as the 20 national and international teams gained speed to cycle out towards the military training area heading for Leyburn.
This is the first time that Catterick Garrison has been on the official route and Sir Gary Verity, founder of the Tour de Yorkshire explained:
“We have a close relationship with the military and I am patron of the Yorkshire Regiment Association with the highest regard for all of our military.
“The military asked us as we had a start in Richmond, if it was possible to route through the Garrison and it was an easy decision to make that the Garrison was included.”
“I would love the Army to be as involved in the race (Tour de Yorkshire) as they want to be. There are many things that we can do together and I am sure that that would be a great thing to do.”