Local knowledge: An insider's guide to the Tour de Yorkshire from a Yorkshire pro

We headed to Tour de Yorkshire country to explore the race’s relentless 12-mile finale with a rather accomplished local guide — One Pro Cycling favourite Tom Stewart

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"I’ve never, ever done well in a bike race without absolutely slaughtering myself.”

Tom Stewart, One Pro’s Yorkshire-bred weapon, is talking about the nasty business of winning bike races.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.