The Tour De Yorkshire: What to Expect

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  1. April 28, 2017 7:47 am
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Throughout the last week, we have watched Harrogate prepare itself for the second year of hosting the Tour De Yorkshire. Yorkshire's own three-day stage race has grown and grown since its introduction in 2014, and this year it is expected to be better than ever.

The three-day race is the descendant of the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France when the biggest cycle race in the world came to Harrogate and Yorkshire embraced every second of it. Since then, the race has proved a hit with large crowds flocking to the roadsides, paths and lining the dry stone walls all the way to the finish line in Harrogate.

Here is everything you need to know about each of the stages and the challenges the cyclists face…

STAGE 1: FRIDAY 28 APRIL 2017: BRIDLINGTON TO SCARBOROUGH

STAGE 1 OVERVIEW

Total stage length: 173km

3 King of the Mountain Climbs: Garrowby Hill, Goathland & Robin Hood's Bay

2 Sprints: Pocklington & Whitby Abbey

Total ascent: 1,940m

Stage 1

 

STAGE 2: SATURDAY 29 APRIL 2017: TADCASTER TO HARROGATE

STAGE 2 OVERVIEW

Total stage length: 122.5km

1 King/Queen of the Mountain Climbs: Lofthouse

2 Sprints: Knaresborough & Ripon

Total ascent: 1,638m

Stage 2

 

STAGE 3: SUNDAY 30TH APRIL 2017: BRADFORD TO FOX VALLEY, SHEFFIELD

STAGE 3 OVERVIEW

Total stage length: 194.5km

8 King of the Mountain Climbs: Silsden, Haworth, Leeming, Shibden Wall, Deepcar, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height & Midhopestones

2 Sprints: Brighouse & Stocksbridge

Total ascent: 3,517m

Stage 3

View the official interactive map here.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “I can’t wait to see the world’s best riders tackling these routes. We’ve worked hard to design a course which showcases Yorkshire’s stunning scenery as well as delivering a thrilling sporting event.”

Along the route are many opportunities and great places to watch. Whether you are coming to the race with family and looking for a base in a town, or you are an avid cycling fan and want to experience the thrill of the climb, sprints or the roar of the finish…

We have put together our top 3 spectator positions:

 

1)      Parliament Street, Harrogate

Parliament Street

 

The final stretch to mark the end of stage 2 – get there early to avoid disappointment!

 

2)      Goathland

Goathland

Visit the Cote de Goathland to witness a big climb.

 

3)      Knaresborough

Knaresborough

Visit Knaresborough to see the dramatic views over the Nidd Gorge, it is the perfect setting for a sprint section.

North Yorkshire County Council’s Corporate Director for Business and Environmental Services, David Bowe, said:

‘To make the most of this great event, planning your Tour de Yorkshire day out will help you to enjoy the race and stay safe. We want everyone watching the race to enjoy it, but we also want spectators to take care, be safe and respect their surroundings. The safety of the cyclists, other road users and spectators is paramount, so we are urging everyone to plan ahead and be prepared.’

Just like the Grand Depart in 2014, The Stray will be hosting Spectator Fan Zone in Harrogate. This will be filled with plenty of activities, music and entertainment throughout the three-day event as well as showing both races on a large screen. As well as all this, there will be plenty of drink and food stalls to keep you refreshed throughout the weekend.

For Saturday 29th April road closure and parking restriction information, click here.

Whether you will be watching Le Tour or not, we hope you enjoy the long weekend!

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