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Tour de Yorkshire

The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire route has been announced and what a route for the first ever 4 day edition of this race!

The women’s race also now stretches to 2 days, adding stage tactics and General classification consideration into what has already become an exciting and strongly contested title.  The current title holder, Lizzie Deignan rode across the line and claimed the jersey in Harrogate in 2017 to rapturous applause of the waiting crowd.

Sadly the women’s race won’t visit us in 2018 but we will see the men’s race on Sunday 6 May, and we will present them with the serious challenge of Greenhow Hill, in Nidderdale

Find out more on the official Tour de Yorkshire website.

The Hardest Day

In what has become known as the hardest day of the race, the final stage of Sunday’s men’s race will travel from Halifax to Leeds, taking the scenic route, and then some. 

Stage 4 will take in the Yorkshire Dales with a punishing collection of climbs that are among the local favourites.  After the quite simply brutal Park Rash with its insane 25% gradients the riders will revisit the beautiful town of Masham where the peloton always gets a stand out welcome.

From Masham the race heads out through the pretty villages of Grewelthorpe and Kirkby Malzeard before crossing the stunning open moors  and descending into Nidderdale.

Then for the third year in a row riders will race down the award winning high street in Pateley Bridge which is always lined three deep with spectators for the event.

Greenhow Hill

There are several great spots to watch the race from on this climb, with steep ramps at the base as the road leaves Pateley Bridge, to the tight corners half way up and the long open straight that continues to drag on up and punish already weary legs.  

This fantastic race profile will serve as a great warm up for 2019, when the Tour de Yorkshire not only returns, but will act as prelude to September when Yorkshire, and Harrogate will play host to the UCI Road Cycling World Championships for a week of fierce competition that will see every race end on our finish line on the Stray.

A County that Celebrates like no other

As always the roads were lined with crowds cheering on the race and the flags and bunting were up for all to see as Yorkshire turned blue and yellow for the race once again.   Record crowds lined the route proving again that nowhere can welcome a world class racing event like Yorkshire

If you can’t wait until then, 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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