The Tour de Yorkshire begins this Friday for the second successful year. In anticipation of this highly coveted event, Newitts provides information on one of the most popular sporting events in the region.
What is the Tour de Yorkshire?
The Tour de Yorkshire is a new three-day professional cycling race which stretches all the way across the beautiful county of Yorkshire. The event began in 2015 as a legacy event following the huge success of the Tour de France which came to Yorkshire in July 2014.
Last year's Tour de Yorkshire started in Bridlington where 250,000 spectators turned out to watch over 125 professional riders take to the streets of East Yorkshire. The race is held in 3 stages with last year's race finishing in the city of Leeds.
This year, Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire will begin at Beverley Racecourse on 29th April, with the final stage finishing in Scarborough on May 1st.
Why have a Tour de Yorkshire?
The Tour de Yorkshire was devised as a fitting legacy to the 2014 Tour de France. Such was the success of this huge sporting event, Welcome to Yorkshire collaborated with ASO for the Grand Depart and worked in partnership with British Cycling, to bring together some of the world's leading cyclists and create “a breathtaking new race in a region made for cycling”.
The event is focussed on sustaining and further increasing the outstanding enthusiasm for cycling that is already prevalent across the UK, and based on last year, the event has already proved highly successful in growing the sport of cycling in Yorkshire and nationally.
"In 2015 250,000 spectators turned out to watch 125 professional riders take to the streets of East Yorkshire"
About the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire
Tour de France winner and Olympic hero Sir Bradley Wiggins will lead the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire sporting spectacular through the region with thousands of people of all ages expected to turn out to cheer on the race from Beverly Racecourse through to Scarborough's North Bay.
Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “Legends will be made and routes around our county will be immortalised. Not only will this reinforce our aim of making Yorkshire a cycling heartland of Euorpe but will also continue the global promotion of our amazing county as a must-see visitor destination. Let the race begin!”
The Tour de Yorkshire 2016 Route
Stage 1: Friday 29 April: Beverley to Settle
Total stage length: 185km. Total ascent: 1,832m
The first stage will set off from Saturday Market in Beverley. The riders will parade around the town then through North Bar before heading north west to the Official Start at Beverley Racecourse. Below we've provided a brief outline of where you can expect to see the riders during the first stage of the event.
Beverley Racecourse - Holme-on-the-Wolds - Market Weighton - sprint point at Bubwith - North Duffield- Cawood - Tadcaster - Boston Spa - Wetherby - North Deighton - Knaresborough - Ripley - Pateley Bridge - King of the Mountain at Greenhow Hill. Grassington - Threshfield - Cracoe - Gargrave - crossing the finish line at Settle before a sprint at Giggleswick. Riders will then complete a 12km loop back to the A65 and round to Settle town centre for an expected bunch finish in the town.
Stage 2: Saturday 30 April: Otley - Doncaster
Total stage length: 136km. Total ascent: 1,110m
Stage Two marks an important milestone for the Tour de Yorkshire with the women’s race held on exactly the same route as the men’s race. The women’s race will start in the morning and the men’s race will begin in the early afternoon. The route begins in Otley at Pool-in-Wharfedale and ends at Doncaster Racecourse with a sprint finish on South Parade.
Pool-in-Wharfedale- King/Queen of the Mountain challenge at Harewood Bank - King/Queen of the Mountain at East Rigton - Thorner - Scholes - Barwick-in-Elmet crossing the A1 at Aberford - Lotherton Hall - Sherburn-in-Elmet - South Milford and Monk Fryston - Birkin and Beal. Kellingley - Knottingley - Pontefract - Wentbridge - North and South Elmsall - Hooton Pagnell - Sprint point at Warmsworth - King/Queen of the Mountain at Conisbrough Castle -Tickhill -Bawtry - Doncaster Sheffield Airport - Doncaster Racecourse and onto a sprint finish on South Parade.
Stage 3: Sunday 1 May: Middlesbrough to Scarborough
Total stage length: 198km. Total ascent: 2,593m
Stage Three will appeal to climbers. With an elevation of 2,593 metres and six King of the Mountain classifications, the route begins in Middlesbrough, birth place of Captain James Cook, and takes the riders through the stunning North York Moors National Park and eventually through to Scarborough's North Bay for the Grand finale.
Middlesbrough's MIMA Gallery, - Nunthorpe on the A172 - Great Ayton - Stokesley - Hutton Rudby - Winton and down to Northallerton - Thirsk’s market square for a sprint point - Sutton Bank and a King of the Mountain. Helmsley - Kirkbymoorside - Hutton-le-Hole - King of the Mountain at Blakey Ridge - Castleton - King of the Mountain at Grosmont - Sleights - Ruswarp - Whitby - sprint point at Whitby Abbey - Hawsker. King of the Mountain at Robin Hood’s Bay - King of the Mountain at Harwood Dale - East Ayton and Irton. Final King of the Mountain at Oliver’s Mount - sprint finish in Scarborough’s North Bay.
Attending the Tour de Yorkshire
If you're planning to be a spectator at the Tour de Yorkshire, it's well worth planning your route as thousands of visitors and locals are expected to attend the event.
Some of the main road closures already announced include the southbound slip road at junction 36 of the A1(M) which prevents cars from going westbound on the A630. In addition, there are planned rolling road closures that will take place along parts of the route to facilitate the race.
For more information and travel advice please visit the Tour De Yorkshire website.
The Tour de Yorkshire is passing through many towns and villages. Are you going to watch? what preparations have been made in your area to add to the atmosphere the race will bring?