Tour de Yorkshire
Yorkshire's own 3 day stage race has grown and grown since its inception in 2014, and this year the professional peleton is returning to Harrogate.
More than a cycle race
The Tour de Yorkshire is a county wide festival that is as much about the spirit and character of Yorkshire as it is about the cycle race that will traverse this glorious county.
The three day race is the direct descendant of the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France when the biggest cycle race in the world came to Harrogate and Yorkshire took cycling to its heart.
The 2017 Edition
This year’s tour promises to be the best yet, and the compact route of Day 2 on the 29 April is all about Tadcaster, Harrogate and all the surrounding towns and villages.
In the morning the women’s race will take the exact same route as the men’s race in the afternoon as they pass through Wetherby, sprint for points in Knaresborough and then on to Pateley Bridge for the big climb at the Côte de Lofthouse in Nidderdale.
From there a long run into Masham will rest the legs before another sprint is contested in the city of Ripon, after that all eyes will be on the road to Harrogate, and the big sprint to the finish line alongside Harrogate’s iconic Stray and the Harrogate Cycling Festival.
Along the route is a choice of great places to watch whether you are coming to the race with family and looking for a base in a town with shelter and facilities, or you are an avid cycling fan and want to experience the thrill of the climb, or the roar of the finish.
Join the Celebrations
The flags and bunting are already up, the entertainment booked and the big screens showing the race throughout the weekend are on their way, so all that’s left to do is decide where you’re going to watch!
As well as the race there will be entertainment and activities taking place in most locations and the race caravan will be traveling the route between the men’s and the women’s races. There will also be the race ambassadors; cycling celebrities who will be signing autographs and posing for photos at the key locations along the course.
Wherever you choose to watch you can be sure of a great day out enjoying the fantastic experience of Yorkshire at its best.
Find all the information you need to have a great day on these pages.