It may have only begun in 2015, but the Tour de Yorkshire is already one of the most anticipated races of the year for cycling fans.
Won by Lars Petter Nordhaug in its first year, and by French cult hero Thomas Voeckler in 2016, being crowned the king of Yorkshire is a sought after prize.
And there’s no shortage of Six Day interest this year, with five Six Day Series riders on the startlist.
The three-day competition gets underway outside Bridlington Spa on Friday, with just the small matter of 173km to whet the appetite for a helter-skelter weekend of action on the roads.
Okay, it may not have the fun as riding round a velodrome, but with some Six Day stars looking to strut their stuff, you won’t want to be missing any of this.
Six Day stars gunning for glory
Sebastian Mora Vedri lit up the Six Day Series final in Mallorca with partner Albert Torres just last month, but this time it is the road where the Spaniard is looking to deliver.
Mora Vedri and Torres came agonisingly close to lifting the ultimate prize on home boards, but can the 29-year-old carry his form over onto the streets of Yorkshire?
He’ll be taking to the roads for Raleigh GAC for this competition, looking to build on plenty of success in Britain – which included first place in the general classification elite circuit series back in 2016.
But he’s not the only Raleigh GAC and Six Day rider getting down to business, with Yoeri Havik embarking on the next step on what has been a very busy few months.
The man who joined Wim Stroetinga in taking third place at Six Day Mallorca went even better at Six Day Berlin, taking top spot ahead of Belgian powerhouses Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw.
This will be the first time round the north for the Dutchman, looking to build on what has already been a historic year for the 26-year-old.
And how about some blasts from the past to roll down memory lane, with some Six Day favourites also riding their way into this three-day extravaganza.
They include Jon Dibben, partner of Ollie Wood in 2016, who will be representing Team Sky in his first year as a pro, while in the women’s race, Giorgia Bronzini will be racing for Wiggle High5.
And we can’t forget Adam Blythe and Gijs van Hoecke, from the 2015 edition, with the duo representing Aqua Blue Sport and Team Lotto NL Jumbo respectively.
Taking to the streets of Yorkshire
We do occasionally let our Six Day riders swap the boards for the roads, and boy are they going to be in for a cracking ride.
Starting off in Bridlington, it won’t be long before they hit the heights with the Cote de Garrowby Hill climb followed by the Cote de Goathland.
But before they enter Scarborough there is still time to face the Cote de Robin Hill Bay – all 1.5km of the climb.
Stage two takes the riders from Tadcaster to Harrogate, where a sprint finish could be the name of the game in the 122.5km course, with a chance to take in the appreciation of what is expected to be bustling local crowds.
And from there comes a seismic task to take us home, with the climbs packed in on a 194.5km route from Bradford to Sheffield, leaving plenty for our Six Day riders to get their teeth into.