It’s tough, hilly and not for the fainthearted – the Tour de Yorkshire will soon be wheeling its way around England’s largest county once again!
The gruelling Three Stage race takes place 28th, 29th and 30th April 2017: Stage One takes in the Coast and Wolds; Stage Two travels the Historic Market Towns from Tadcaster to Harrogate and Stage Three has been named The Yorkshire Terrier, with its ‘snarling’ route from Bradford to Sheffield.
The Tour de Yorkshire was inspired by the Tour de France, which hit the northern roads in July 2014.
While watched by lots of Yorkshire folk, the Tour de Yorkshire is beamed live to millions of TV screens in the UK and parts of Europe – a great showcase for this spectacular county.
This year’s race coincides with the run up to May Day Bank Holiday, so it’s a great chance to chill out and relax for the long weekend. You could book a glamping break at one of three Wigwam® Holidays sites dotted around Yorkshire and close to the Tour de Yorkshire routes: Grouse Hill, Whitby and Humble Bee Farm, Scarborough, both near Stage One or Clarion Lodge, Leeds, close to the Stage Three .
The opening stage on Friday 28th April takes in the Wolds and the Coast, from Bridlington, through the Wolds, into Ryedale, across the North York Moors National Park before skirting the Yorkshire Coast and finishing in Scarborough. The cyclists will cover 173 km, and combat an ascent of 1,940 metres – there will be some aching muscles at the finish line!
Stage Two on Saturday 29th April starts at Tadcaster and ends in the spa town of Harrogate. This stage covers 122.5 km with an ascent of 1,683 metres. The race starts at the newly re-opened Tadcaster Bridge (which suffered catastrophic flood damage), before heading towards Knaresborough, Lofthouse and Ripon.
The Yorkshire Terrier - not just a dog breed but also the name for Stage Three of the race - will signal the final part of the gruelling race on Sunday 30th April, stretching from Bradford to Sheffield.
This is the most ‘mountainous’ of the three stages with a total ascent of 3,517 metres. This stage takes in Bronte-land (Haworth) and some fantastically-named Yorkshire villages and towns, including Wigtwizzle, Midhopestones and Shibden Wall, along its 194.5km route.
The grand finish reaches its climax at Fox Valley, Sheffield, where this year’s Tour de Yorkshire concludes.
The Tour de Yorkshire isn’t just about this glorious county. It’s about the various Yorkshire communities coming together to enjoy some serious cycling, celebrate the county’s great landscape and see some true Yorkshire grit by the competitors!