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Getting in Gear for the Tour de Yorkshire

Getting in Gear for the Tour de Yorkshire

Harrogate is looking forward to the return of international cycling to its streets for the first of two exciting events this year.

Firstly, we will be welcoming the cyclists of the Tour de Yorkshire May 2-5 and then the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships September 22-29.

Both these races have the Harrogate loop in common, so next month’s Tour de Yorkshire will give the cyclists the only opportunity to ride that section of the course under race conditions prior to the UCI World Championships. This opportunity to preview the route is drawing the big international names to the earlier race. In addition, the Tour de Yorkshire is now well established on the cycling calendar and the men’s race has been upgraded by the UCI to the status HC (the highest for a multi-day race outside of UCI Tour).

The Tour De Yorkshire Women’s Race will be held on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May to allow more spectators the chance to see the cyclists and both stages will be identical to two of the men’s stages. Their stage 1 is Barnsley to Bedale and stage 2 is Bridlington to Scarborough. The women face their longest Tour de Yorkshire race yet at 264km with over 3200m of climbing in total over the two days so please make an effort to get out there and cheer them on. Marianne Vos of the Netherlands, Italy’s Soraya Paladin and Amanda Spratt from Australia are expected to do well. Also look out for GB’s Hannah Barnes, Elizabeth Banks, Pfeiffer Georgie and Lauren Dolan who are among 19 British riders.

The men’s race starts in Doncaster racing to Selby for the first stage. Day two and three are identical to the routes of the women’s race from Barnsley to Bedale then Bridlington to Scarborough, with the final stage from Halifax to Leeds. With cobbled streets, steep climbs and city sprints there is something to suit every style of rider.

It will be the Barnsley to Bedale stage that sees riders take a lap round the Harrogate circuit, tackle its challenging corners and undulating profile.

The Tour de Yorkshire course this year presents riders with varied and vigorous challenge that will be spectacular for television audiences, showing off our beautiful scenery and numerous landmarks. In the men’s race we could have a British winner with Christopher Lawless, Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome and James Shaw all currently on great form. Alexander Kamp of Denmark, Ireland’s Edward Dunbar and Nathan Van Hooydonck are also likely to be competing for the top spots.

For full details of the route, road closures and where to watch from please visit the official website: www.letour.yorkshire.com 

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