Sport Science and the BBC recreate the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire
With the Tour de Yorkshire not long away, BBC Radio Humberside visited the Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science to discover the effects the first stage of the Tour will have on the human body.
Sports reporter David Harrison was at the University of Hull for a mammoth challenge, cycling the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire on a stationary bike.
The first stage of the Tour starts at Bridlington and 174km later finish in Scarborough, passing through the North York Moors.
The simulation may not be as glamorous as being out in East Yorkshire and the North York Moors! However, cycling in the laboratory will simulate the physiological stress that the professional cyclists will be under during the first stage, giving a fantastic insight into the race demands.
How does the equipment work?
David had a video screen in front of the bike to show the twists and turns of the stage, the gradient and even a wind machine to simulate the environment. A professional cyclist was also shown on the screen to track their progress and speed against.
What time would a good cyclist take to complete the stage?
A professional cyclist will take around 4 to 4 and a half hours to complete the first stage of the tour. A good club cyclist will take around a solid 6 hours, which is a big achievement.
Take a look at photos from the day on Flickr.