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Marcel Kittel

Marcel Kittel

wins the first stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate

Tour de Yorkshire

Cycling and Yorkshire, a marriage made in heaven.

Never is this more the case than Yorkshire’s annual 4 day Cycling race, now in its fifth year and one of the most popular multi-day races in Europe.

Rather perfectly in 2019 the Tour de Yorkshire around Harrogate will see something old,  something new, something borrowed and since blue is one of the race’s official colours that too!

Once again Harrogate and the surrounding area is right at the heart of the event.   The 2019 Tour de Yorkshire takes place 2-5 May, find more information about the whole race on the official website.

Borrowing something new

The Tour de Yorkshire will be borrowing from 2019 UCI Road World Championships on Friday 3 May, and premiering the brand new finishing circuit around Harrogate town centre that will be the focus of the World championships later in the year.  

Although the two events are not related, the Tour de Yorkshire has chosen to offer riders the rare chance to get a taster of the challenging circuit that will decide who will become World Champion later in the year. To add to the sense of excitement the UCI finish line will see an intermediate sprint where riders can gain vital points.

Something old to decide the new

The something old is the infamous Greenhow Hill which makes its third appearance in the race.  This long and complex climb caught some riders out on its first appearance with its false summit and trailing gradients.

On a day of punishing climbs the riders will already have climbed thousands of feet as they pass through the beautiful dales towns of Masham and Pateley Bridge, both of which have always celebrated the race with a carnival like atmosphere.

Leaving Pateley Bridge the race rides straight into the ramp of Greenhow, the penultimate climb of the day, and a challenging ascent even without already tired legs.  Greenhow will play a vital role in deciding who ends the day in the winner’s Blue Jersey.

A County That Celebrates Like No Other

As always the roads will be lined with crowds cheering on the race.  Colourful flags and bunting will adorn the towns and villages as Yorkshire turns 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.

If you can’t wait until May, 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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