Tour de Yorkshire raises over £100,000 for charity

August 17th, 2017   |   Posted in Tour De Yorkshire   |   No Comments

The Tour de Yorkshire’s partnership with Alzheimer’s Society has smashed all targets in 2017, raising over £100,000 for the charity.

Welcome to Yorkshire unveiled Alzheimer’s Society as its official charity partner for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire last December. Both teams have worked closely since then to raise as much money as possible and maximise the benefits for people affected by dementia.

Representatives from Alzheimer’s Society were present at every Tour de Yorkshire roadshow in the lead up to the race and launched a whole host of imaginative activities during the three days of action between 28-30 April. These included interactive experiences in the fan zones at each of the start and finish locations, a variety of community activities, and a central position in the official race caravan.

In addition, over half the total figure raised was achieved by entrants of the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire sportive who chose to ride in support of the charity.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:

“Achieving this landmark figure is tremendous news and I am immensely proud that the Tour de Yorkshire has helped raise such a huge amount for a very deserving cause.

“Alzheimer’s Society delivers an invaluable service and we sincerely hope this money will make a difference to the 67,000 people living with dementia in Yorkshire, and hundreds of thousands more around the UK.”

Michael Dent, Director of Fundraising at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

“It was incredible to see so many fundraisers uniting against dementia and supporting Alzheimer’s Society during the Tour de Yorkshire. They all played their part in reaching this amazing total.

“The funds raised will help us in various initiatives, one of which is growing our Side by Side programme which supports people with dementia and enables them to take part in the activities that they’ve always enjoyed, and even try new ones.

“The programme also helps people maintain better physical and mental functions and it may help slow their rate of decline. It is already having an impact in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale and we are currently recruiting volunteers for a new service in Craven, Airedale and Wharfedale.”

To celebrate the achievement and the impact it will have, representatives from Welcome to Yorkshire and Alzheimer’s Society reunited with some of the cyclists who took part in The Final Mile charity ride on Friday 28 April.

That initiative raised vital funds and awareness and allowed Alzheimer’s Society service users to ride accessible bikes provided by volunteers from Scarborough and Ryedale Community Cycling (SRCC).

Participants rode the last mile of the Tour de Yorkshire stage into Scarborough and received an amazing reception. It demonstrated that people affected by dementia can still be active in their community and enjoy activities they have always taken part in, despite their diagnosis.


Unknown. (2017). Tour de Yorkshire raises over £100,000 for charity.Available: Last accessed 17th August 2017.

Cycle Route – Sherburn – 16th August 2017

August 16th, 2017   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments


22 Miles


Ascent:  1677ft


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You can view an online map of this route here.


Leave Sherburn heading for the A64 and go straight across at the traffic lights. In about a hundred metres, go right signed to Helperthorpe and Lutton. A narrow country road now which soon starts to ascend as you cycle to the top of Sherburn Brow and East Heslerton Wold.

If you are cycling the route on a Tuesday in summer, you might like to pop in to Jackson’s Wold farm and see the magnificent open gardens.

A cup of tea and cake is available, too. There is a small charge for entry.

Superb views across the valley now to the North York Moors and beyond as you climb still higher.

The road is quite gritty but you will enjoy the long ascents and descents. Soon you pass a large farm, then only a quarter of a mile further along, turn left at the sign for Helperthorpe.

The road surface deteriorates rapidly now with grass growing along the centre and a few potholes to negotiate. However, you soon descend to Helperthorpe, but if you wish to visit the church and see the magnificent ceiling, watch out for a driveway on your right with a broken metal gate before you reach the village. This is the access to the church. Don’t worry about the private house but please respect their privacy.

At the junction, turn right signed to Luttons and Sledmere to cycle through the village of Helperthorpe.

Not far past the village turn left onto a narrow road signed to York.

This is a slippery, twisty road and is used by more than a fair share of traffic.

At the crossroads, go left up the hill signed to Cowlam and Driffield.

Soon you reach the couple of houses and a farm which constitute Cowlam, turn left at the crossroads now signed to Rudston, Scarborough and Bridlington.

This road can be quite busy but is a wide smooth road and in less than two miles, turn right onto a smaller road. In about a quarter of a mile, turn left signed to Langtoft.

A long straight descent along a narrow road now. Watch out for the bumpy corner at the end, then cycle along with good views of the windmills near the coast to soon start a long, serious descent into the village of Langtoft.

At the junction in the village, turn left to climb a long, bumpy and sometimes busy B road. At the top of the hill where the road bends to the right, turn left onto a narrow road and past the Old Mill Restaurant. At the end of the long, straight road, cross the road junction with care, keeping straight ahead signed to Butterwick and Sherburn.

Eventually descend to the cross roads at Butterwick. Our route turns right here but if you would like some refreshment, you could go left to the farm shop which sells sandwiches, pies and drinks.

If you do not need the farm shop, turn right signed to Foxholes and Bridlington. In a couple of miles turn left at the crossroads signed to Foxholes and Scarborough. This is a busy, fast road so please take care.

Not far into the village of Foxholes, turn left signed to Ganton. Ascend past the church, then turn left onto a very narrow, gravely, potholed road. Continue along climbing gently to the summit of Alison Wold, bear left near the top then soon start a very steep, twisty descent. At the junction go right, then not far to cross the A64 at the traffic lights to return to Sherburn village.

Cycle Route – Littleneck – 19th April 2017

April 19th, 2017   |   Posted in Uncategorized   |   No Comments


12.5 Miles


Ascent:  1400ft


Terrain: country roads and stone tracks, with some woodland sections – take care on the stone trods. Also some easy railway line cycling on the Cinder Track

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You can view an online map of this route here.
1.  From Littlebeck Village Hall car park turn right at the junction, up the hill, signposted ‘Local traffic only’ – it’s very steep (1:4)!
2. On reaching the main road (B1416), turn right and continue along it in the Scarborough direction (ignoring the minor right turns to Falling Foss and May Beck).

3. Turn left.

4. Turn right for Hawsker.

5. Turn right for Hawsker.

6. Turn left.

7. Turn left at the main road (A171) and then left again at the light-controlled crossing to join the ‘Cinder Track’ through a wooden gate. Follow the old railway line straight ahead, passing Trailways cycle hire/refreshments.

8. Immediately before Larpool viaduct, turn right off the track, right onto the driveway and then right again onto Larpool Lane, to run under the brick bridge and down towards Ruswarp – or carry your bike down the steps on your left to reach the same road.

9. Turn left, up the steep hill, towards Golden Grove.

10. Turn right up a bridleway – it’s easy to miss if you’re cycling too fast, and if you reach Golden Grove hamlet you’ve gone too far. There’s a track bearing right, off the road and up into a field, with the bridleway lying to the right of the gateway and hedge. Continue along the Monk’s Walk (a stone trod), through the woods, to Sneaton.

11. Turn right along the road (or turn left first for the café and ice cream at Beacon Farm).

12. Turn right, then left, for Ugglebarnby.

13. At the junction, cross straight over and follow the stone track (signposted ‘Community Access Project’).

14. Turn right along the track and then descend (past a ‘motorcycles and vehicles forbidden’ sign) down a steep track to a wooden bridge. Take care – very steep, and occasional steps and roots.

15. Turn left across the footbridge and cycle through the woods, passing a ‘Littlebeck’ sign and crossing two sets of stepping stones.

16. After the second set of stepping stones, bear left over a concrete ford and continue along the track to cross another ford. Head up the steep hill.

17. Turn left at the junction and follow the road back to Littlebeck and the Village Hall.

Tadcaster is ready for the Tour de Yorkshire

April 11th, 2017   |   Posted in Tour De Yorkshire   |   No Comments

Tadcaster has announced the line up for the Tour de Yorkshire celebrations on Saturday 29th April. The town will be hosting the start of both the Women’s race and Stage 2 Men’s.

The town is planning on celebrating the day in style!


The event will begin with the Yorkshire Regiment Drumming Corps marching through the town; this is especially poignant as the Yorkshire Regiment formed part of the clear up team following the 2015 flood. Shortly after the bells of St Mary’s church will ring out and the women will start their race at 0910.

Running alongside the TDY event will be the first ever Tadcaster Cycle Festival, held across several locations in the town but predominantly on St Joseph’s Street, the Festival will have a carnival feel to it and provide entertainment and interactive stalls for all to enjoy.

Town Councillor Kirsty Perkins explains the planning behind the festival

“We wanted everyone to be able to move around the town and enjoy all we have to offer in the hope that they will return!

The festival covers many places in the town.

St Joseph’s Street will be closed for the day and there will be lots to see and do.

As well as the Minster FM roadshow we are really excited to have World Champion Trial Biker Jack Carthy will be doing demonstrations for us on the day.”





“We also have a live piece of street art by Graffiti artist Sledone.

He’ll be doing a commemorative piece for the town to keep based on the TDY’s visit to the town.

From one side of town to the other there will be wonderful exciting things to do.

After all that’s gone on over the past couple of years, the TDY is our opportunity to shine and show people what we are capable of and why Tadcaster is a great place to visit”


Main Events

  • Start of the two races
  • Big screens showing the race live at the Bus Park and Social Club car park
  • Minster FM roadshow with live acts throughout the day, including a Little Mix tribute act and local dance groups sponsored by The Web Adventure Park and York Sports Village
  • Vintage Bike museum in the Riley Smith Hall
  • Tadcasters’ “tour de canard” duck race on the river
  • Street entertainers Granny Tourismo and Wacky Wheelers fun bikes
  • Balance Bikes demos

Susie Brindley, Tour de Yorkshire Project Manager for Selby District Council said

“This is a massive opportunity for Tadcaster to showcase itself on a regional, national and international stage.

The Tour de Yorkshire is so much more than a bike race, It’s great to see how it brings people together and of course what better excuse to have a party in the town.”


Cycle Route – Malton – 27th March 2017

March 27th, 2017   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments


 25.5 Miles


Ascent:  604ft


 Distance: 27.7 Miles
Refreshments: Pubs in Kirby Misperton, Great Barugh, Normanby and Great Habton
Public toilets: In Malton
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You can view an online map of this route here.
1. Start at Malton Market Square
2. Turn left then immediately right on to the narrow lane, then track.
  1. After the bridge go straight ahead, and at the first fork bear right.
  2. Bear left past the barrier, then turn right along the second track. turn left at the road.
  3. Cross the River Rye and follow road signs to Kirby Misperton.
  4. Go straight ahead at the roundabout and bear left past the pub.
  5. Turn right a the T-junction (or left for short cut back to Malton).
  6. Turn left across the river to Salton (or straight ahead for the pub)
  7. Turn right in to the village, and then right again at the top past the pub.
  8. Turn right to retrace your outwards route

Essential guide to the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire: teams, route and sportive

March 23rd, 2017   |   Posted in Tour De Yorkshire   |   No Comments

The 2017 Tour de Yorkshire is set to take place from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April, while the women’s event is a single day race on Saturday 29th and the mass participation sportive will be held on the final day of the weekend.

Coming off the back of the Tour de France‘s visit to England’s largest county back in 2014, the Tour de Yorkshire is a legacy event that has proved very popular with roadside crowds over its short two-year history.

The 2017 event will be the race’s third edition as it solidifies its place in the professional cycling calendar.

Tour de Yorkshire 2017: Teams

The 18 men’s and 18 women’s teams that will be competing at the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire have been revealed.

The line-up in the men’s race is a mix of WorldTour and Pro Continental teams, which usually makes for exciting racing as the lower tier riders head out in the breaks to shake things up.

Team Sky have a good record at the race, taking the overall win in 2015 and only just missing a repeat victory in 2016. Fan favourite Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) was the victor in 2016 and he has stated his intention of returning to defend his title.

The women’s startline will include many teams making their debuts, including Dame Sarah Storey’s newly-founded squad.

Men’s Teams Women’s Teams
BMC Racing Drops Cycling
Team Sky Boels-Dolmans
Katusha-Alpecin Hitec Products
Orica-Scott Team Sunweb
Team Sunweb Ale Cipollini Galassia
Dimension Data Canyon-SRAM
Direct Energie Cyclance Pro
LottoNL-Jumbo Wiggle-High5
Cofidis Bepink-Cogeas
Aqua Blue Sport FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
Delko Marseille Provence KTM Ford EcoBoost
Roompot NL Loterij Jadan Weldtite
Raliegh-GAC Cervelo Bigla
Bike Channel Canyon Lares-Waowdeals
One Pro Fusion RT Fierlan
Team GB Storey Sport
JLT-Condor NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli
Madison-Genesis Team WNT

Tour de Yorkshire Timings Announced

March 7th, 2017   |   Posted in Tour De Yorkshire   |   No Comments

The race timings for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire have been unveiled by Welcome to Yorkshire.

The Stage of the Coast and Wolds is the first stage of the race, being held on the Yorkshire Coast on 28 April.

STAGE 1 - TDY 2017 - Timings - Bridlington to Scarborough

It will begin at 12:35pm outside Bridlington Spa and the first intermediate sprint will be contested in Pocklington at 13:48pm before the peloton tackle the Côte de Garrowby Hill at 14:06pm.

The next categorised climb comes on the Côte de Goathland at 15:42pm, and the race reaches the coastline again at Whitby for the second intermediate sprint point outside Whitby Abbey at 16:03pm.

The Côte de Robin Hood’s Bay must then be ascended at 16:19pm before the now legendary finish along Scarborough’s North Bay at 17:00pm.

Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity said:

“It’s always exciting to share these timings as supporters can now plan exactly where and when they want to watch the action. Every time I see them I’m astonished by how quickly the peloton travels, but these are the very best riders in the world after all! 

 Of course, there is a huge amount of added entertainment planned across the county over the full three days, and be sure to line the route early to see our colourful race caravan and fleet of Yorkshire cycling legends pass through.” 


TDY 2017 Stage 1 Full Route

Cycle Route – Sledmere – 31st January 2017

January 31st, 2017   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments

17 Miles


Ascent:  1030ft


This ride starts on the high Wolds at Sledmere estate village. Visit Sledmere House, the splendid Georgian and Edwardian house owned and lived in by Sir Tatton Sykes. (for opening times see

Ride away from its fine park-land setting to visit outlying villages with some fine views to the Vale of York, and Duggleby Howe Neolithic burial mound. The Norman church in Kirkby Grindalythe is worth a closer look



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You can view an online map of this route here.


  1. Head into the village past the Eleanor Cross and Wagoners’ Memorial monuments, and turn left opposite the pub.
  2. Go straight on at The crossroads following a brown Byway sign.
  3. Turn right at T-Junction into Helperthorpe, again following a brown Byway sign.
  4. Turn left in village, then first left to pass Haverdale House.
  5. At the T-Junction turn left downhill towards West Lutton.
  6. Take first right into the village along Back Lane, then right again at the T-Junction.
  7. Where the road bears left, turn right onto a minor road and climb steadily to High Mowthorpe Plantations
  8. After the plantations turn left and descend towards Duggleby.
  9. Go straight on at the crossroads into Duggleby and turn left to Kirby Grindalythe. (Duggleby Howe is the mound visible in the field on the right.)
  10. At the T-Junction turn right towards Kirby Grindalythe.
  11. Turn right into the village (turn right again alongside the stream to see the Norman church). Continue back to Sledmere and turn right at the Wagoners’ Memorial to return to the car park.

Cycle Route – Hawes – 27th January 2017

January 27th, 2017   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments


46 Miles


Ascent:  3947ft


This route starts off with a gentle run down Wensleydale but then becomes tougher. A long climb up Coverdale takes you over Park Rash and down into Wharfedale, and then after another flatter section there is the climb over Fleet Moss to finish.



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You can view an online map of this route here.


  1. Turn right out of car-park then immediately right again by going around the island. Go over a bridge and upto a T junction. Turn right (signposted Sedbusk). Follow this minor road to Askrigg and climb up through the village.
  2. Keep right at the top of the village (signposted Carperby) – after the climb out of the village it’s an easy ride down the valley. Carry straight on through Carperby or divert right down the hill to Aysgarth for Café and toilets, and a look at the Falls.
  3. Go through Redmire, or divert to Castle Bolton for a look round. Up a short climb and then continue on this road to reach a T-junction with the A684.
  4. Turn right drop down over the river and take the next left. A steep climb takes you over to Coverdale and a T-junction.
  5. Turn right (signed Carlton) and follow this lovely road up the valley, through the villages of Carlton, Horsehouse and Braidley. There is a short descent to cross the river, and then back up the other side. The final section of the climb is tough, but then there is a quick descent to Kettlewell. Take care on the descent as there are tight corners.
  6. When you reach Kettlewell go straight across and down the side of the shop, then turn right on to the main road up the valley. Carry on through Starbotton to reach Buckden.
  7. As you reach Buckden village, turn left (signed Hubberholme). This lovely road climbs gently up Langstrothdale valley, and after passing through Hubberholme there are few houses about. After Oughtershaw the climb up Fleets Moss starts for real with a few steep hairpins at the top.
  8. From the top of Fleets Moss is a very quick run back to Hawes. The first section of the descent is steep and straight but watch out for sheep and side winds. After you drop into Gayle village you turn left over a bridge and then around to the right. Past the Wensleydale Creamery to a T-junction. Turn right to return to the start.


Tour de Yorkshire land art contest launched

January 19th, 2017   |   Posted in Tour De Yorkshire   |   No Comments

THERE’S 100 days to go until the start of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire – and a tourism organisation has marked the date by launching an annual land art competition.

Welcome to Yorkshire said last year’s cycle race proved a huge success, with massive, eye-catching installations displayed along the route.

“A giant piece of art featuring a horse, ram and wild boar riding a penny farthing on Sutton Bank – commissioned by the North York Moors National Park Authority and Hambleton District Council – was crowned the winner after an international public vote, and the coveted trophy is now up for grabs once again,” said a spokesman.

“Whether it’s a church spire draped in a blue jersey, a field housing a mammoth bicycle, or a market square spelling out messages of support, all works are welcomed and stand a great chance of being beamed to over 11 million people in 178 countries when the race’s live television helicopters sweep across the county.”

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “These fantastic pieces really bring the race to life and give you the chance to celebrate your community.”

This year’s route for the race includes Tadcaster.

For more information, visit, while entries and questions can be emailed to


Unknown. (2017). Tour de Yorkshire land art contest launched. Available: Last accessed 19th January 2017.