Excitement is mounting for Tour de Yorkshire

Brothers Joe and Tom Moses, from Oakworth,  who both ride for JLT Condor, one of the British Pro Teams taking part in the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire ride out of Goose Eye, Keighley,  which on the route of the final stage from Wakefield to Leeds finishing at Roundhay Park.  9 April 2015.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Brothers Joe and Tom Moses, from Oakworth, who both ride for JLT Condor, one of the British Pro Teams taking part in the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire ride out of Goose Eye, Keighley, which on the route of the final stage from Wakefield to Leeds finishing at Roundhay Park. 9 April 2015. Picture Bruce Rollinson

A cricket club will get firmly behind the first ever Tour de Yorkshire by creating a stage for people to watch the race.

Sandal Cricket Club ,on Barnsley Road, will help welcome the world’s top cyclists to the city, who will pass through Sandal and Newmillerdam before leaving the district at Woolley.

The club will be building a stage in their car park, which will overlook the start of the race on Barnsley Road.

They will also be holding a gala day which will include an all day barbecue, bouncy castles and a craft fair.

Four-piece band Skinny Living and the Yorkshire Imperial Brass Band will also perform.

Hoops-a-Daisy bridal shop owner Karen Noden, who helped organise the event, said: “It is fantastic for Wakefield to have the race so we all want to get behind it and make it a day to remember.”

The gala day will run from 10am to 6pm.

St Helen’s Church on Barnsley Road will also get behind the race by ringing its bells as the cyclists pass through the city.

The Tour de Yorkshire starts on Friday, May 1 with a stage from Bridlington to Scarborough.

Stage two runs from Selby to York the following day and Stage three starts in Wakefield and finishes in Leeds.

The third stage will begin with a ceremonial start in Northgate and outside Wakefield Cathedral before the official start at 12.30pm at the junction of Agbrigg Road and Barnsley Road (A61).

Sir Bradley Wiggins and sprinter Marcel Kittel, who won the first stage of last year’s Tour de France, will be on the starting line.

A total of 18 teams have been chosen to compete in the race including Team Sky, British Cycling and former England cricket star Matt Prior’s team One Pro Cycling.