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Tour de Yorkshire

On Saturday 29th April 2017 both the Women’s and Men’s races of the Tour de Yorkshire will be taking place on exactly the same route, from Tadcaster to Harrogate.  

More than a cycle race

Ever since the Tour de France came to Yorkshire, the arrival of the Tour (Yorkshire or France) has been the cause of a celebration of all the county is and has to offer.  With decorations and events showing the wit and eccentricity of Yorkshire, the spirit of the county is expressed through the race.

The variety of locations on the route means there is a great choices of places to see the race.  From the remote slopes of the Trapping Hill, the only categorised climb on the day, to the town of Masham and city of Ripon with all-day activities planned to celebrate the race. 

Of course Tadcaster and Harrogate, the start and finish towns will have their own unique buzz through the day as the teams arrive.  Find out more on our Places to Watch Page.

Two Races... One great day out in Yorkshire

The Tour de Yorkshire 2017 takes place 28th – 30th April 2017 and Stage Two consists of a compact route through the city, towns and villages around Harrogate before racing into Harrogate town centre for a dramatic finish by the Stray.

The best of British, European and World cycling teams will be returning to the roads of Yorkshire for a fourth time in 2017 including last year’s winner and crowd favourite Thomas Voeckler in this, his retirement year. 

He said this about return:  “This race feels like home for me because the crowd are always shouting my name, holding up banners or writing it on the road. I have never seen anything like it.”

All About The Climb

The Cote de Lofthouse, or Trapping Hill, is famed among local cyclists for its unrelenting gradient which in places exceeds 20%, and is one the four Killer Climbs of Nidderdale. 

The hill is going to be a key point of the race as the only categorised climb of the Stage, coming roughly half way through the stage the climbers will likely be allowed to open up a gap to tackle beast of a hill, before the sprint teams assert themselves for the finish.

That Finish

We all remember it, the look on the faces of the crowd as Mark Cavendish went down just a hundred yards from the line in 2014.  In 2017 the race will finish on the same stretch of road, over the same line in the centre of Harrogate.  The peloton will tackle the same swooping drop then climb in the final mile of the race as they did in 2014 and drama is guaranteed.

In the months to come we will have more details on timings, spectator locations and local events along the route celebrating the race. 

You can get all the information for the entire race at the official Tour de Yorkshire website.

Visit our spectator information pages for information on having the best day with us in April

The Tour de Yorkshire is more than just a bike race, it is a celebration of Yorkshire, so come and enjoy a weekend of Yorkshire with us.

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