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Tour de Yorkshire 2019

The Tour de Yorkshire returned for its fifth year and once again Harrogate and the surrounding towns played a starring role on two of the four days of racing.

Friday 3 May: Women’s Race Stage One and Men’s Race Stage Two

The second day of racing on the Tour de Yorkshire 2019 took the race from Barnsley in South Yorkshire, to Bedale in North Yorkshire, just north of Masham.
Both the women and the men tackled exactly the same course which featured a guest appearance by Harrogate, and the technical finishing loop that will be used later in the year for most of the races in the UCI Road World Championships.  This day of the Tour de Yorkshire was the only chance for riders to ride the Harrogate circuit before September.

Not only did riders take in a lap of the challenging 14km course, but there was also a sprint for extra points on what in September will be the finish line.

The race then left the town centre on the long straight road that passes RHS Garden Harlow Carr before heading on through the pretty village of Ripley.

From there both races rode on to Ripon, and a tricky entrance to the city centre passing by the town square.  The races left Ripon with just 20km to finish line and the sprint finish.

Sunday 5 May: Mens Race Stage Four

The final day of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire will repeated the epic final stage of the 2018 race with some of the most challenging climbs Yorkshire has to offer.  This route travels from Halifax to Leeds, but going very much the scenic route with a detour into the Yorkshire dales and over one of its most punishing climbs; the infamous Côte de Park Rash.  

The locally feared climb is a test for any legs and the far from smooth descent through Coverdale allows only limited recovery.  

From there the race made its way into the beautiful Yorkshire Dales town of Masham.  Famed for its two traditional breweries and suitably adept at organising a good time, Masham always celebrates with tour with tremendous enthusiasm as the race snakes through its winding streets.

The race left Masham through its delightful surrounding villages before a long drag over the moors which can be prone to headwinds and catching inclement weather before rolling down into Nidderdale.

In what has become a more than familiar scene, the peloton of riders swept down Pateley Bridge’s award winning high street and over its gentle triple arched bridge before riding straight into the imposing banks of the Greenhow Hill.

This two mile ascent split the now tired break and marked the beginning of the endgame as the break began to falter, allowing Chris Lawless to take advantage of a shift in speed and take the overall title.

A County That Celebrates Like No Other

As always the roads were lined with crowds cheering on the race.  Colourful flags and bunting adorned the towns and villages as Yorkshire turned blue and yellow for the race once again.   For a taste of how Yorkshire celebrates a world class bike race see our Tour Wall below.

Professional racing will return to Harrogate and Yorkshire in September when we host the UCI Road World Championships with every race ending in Harrogate. 

If you can't wait until September, you can find great cycle routes on our cycling pages as well cycle friendly accommodation and cycle cafes and shops.

There is every reason to bring the bike when you visit the Harrogate district.

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