With only 9 days to go until Tour De Yorkshire 2016 here’s all the need to know facts. The race starts on Friday 29th April in Beverley East Yorkshire and will end on Sunday 1 May in Scarborough North Yorkshire. The race will see riders weave across Yorkshires testing landscape covering 515.5km (320 miles).
Last year’s race was watched by an estimated 1 million people and brought £50 million into the region’s economy. The event was launched in 2014 after Yorkshire hosted the Tour De France grand depart.
More than 140 riders participated in the first race, including Olympic Champion Tour De France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins. This year’s race will again play host to more massive names Sir Bradley Wiggins will again headline with Thomas Voeckler and Rohan Dennis, while Lizzie Armistead tops the women’s field.
The Otley born world champion Lizzie Armistead heads up a strong field in the one day women’s race, this follows the same route at stage two of the men’s race.
Stage One Route:
Beverley played host to the 2015 tour and will again in the 2016 tour. Riders will parade around the town before heading to the racecourse for the official start. From here they will weave through the Wolds, cross the A64 towards Tadcaster and then head north past weatherly into the Yorkshire dales.
Once the riders leave Pateley Bridge there is a testing climb at Greenhow Hill. They will then decent downhill from Grassington to Gargave and along the A65 before finishing stage one in Settle.
Stage Two Route:
The second begins in the home town of Olympic cyclist Lizzie Armistead, this will also see te male and female ride the same route for the first time.
The route will take the riders past Harewood, the start of last year’s grand depart. At this stage the riders should be able to pick up speed as the route loops to the east of Leeds. The route then heads southward towards Pontefract and into South Yorkshire before ending stage two in Doncaster.
Stage Three Route:
The final day starts in Middlesbrough, this venue forms part of the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire. From here the riders will take a tour of market towns including Stokesley and Northallerton.
From Thirsk they will head to another extremely testing climb, Sutton bank and through the national park before heading over the moors to Whitby and finishing along the Marine Drive in Scarborough.
Tour De Yorkshire Riders:
Some of the most exciting and skilled riders will descend on Yorkshire for the 3-day tour. It promises to be an electric weekend of racing.
Among the top names taking part in the men’s and women’s races are world and Olympic champions, world record holders, as well as Grand Tour and monument winners. In total 38 riders on the provisional list have ridden in the Tour De France and 25 have taken part in three Grand tours. We will also welcome back both winners of last year’s Tour De Yorkshire and many riders who competed last year.