The host towns and cities for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire have been announced by officials today, and include two venues in North Yorkshire.
Cycling governing body the UCI confirmed this month the Tour – which has been extended to four days for the first time – will be included on their 2018 Europe Tour calendar between Thursday, May 3 and Sunday, May 6.
Organisers Welcome To Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) have revealed the eight host towns for the 2018 Tour will be:
The 2017 event in April saw a record 2.2 million spectators line the route and generated £64 million for the Yorkshire economy.
Races were also beamed live in 180 countries and saw 9.7 million viewers from around the world tune in to watch on Eurosport and ITV alone.
Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a true success story and in just three years it has grown to become one of the best attended and most dramatic races on the cycling calendar.
“Of course, with the men’s race being extended to four days and the women’s race now being held over two, it means we can visit more parts of the county and I know our eight start and finish locations will put on a real show.”
Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France at the A.S.O, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire has gone from strength to strength over the last three years and we are delighted to be working in partnership with such a great team at Welcome to Yorkshire.
“The way people get behind the race in Yorkshire is incredible and we are looking forward to another fantastic edition in 2018.”
The Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire will also double in size next year, increasing from one to two days on Thursday May 3 and Friday, May 4.
The full 2018 race route will be unveiled on Tuesday, December 5, and will include exact start and finish locations and the distance and profile of each stage.
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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.
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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”
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.”
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 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.
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.”
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 http://letouryorkshire.com/landart, while entries and questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The 2017 Tour de Yorkshire will finish in Sheffield on Sunday, 30 April.
The event will begin with a 173km stage from Bridlington to Scarborough on Friday, 28 April.
Stage two see riders start in Tadcaster and go 122.5km to Harrogate, before ending with a 194.5km stage from Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield.
“I can’t wait to see the world’s best riders tackling these routes,” said Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire.
“We’ve worked hard to design a course which showcases Yorkshire’s stunning scenery, as well as delivering a thrilling sporting event.
“Last year, the race attracted two million spectators and generated £60m for the local economy, and we’ll go from strength to strength again next year.”
The women’s Tour de Yorkshire will be held on the same stage as the second stage of the men’s event, with the women starting in the morning and the men in the afternoon.
This is the third edition of the event, which was started to extend the legacy of the county hosting the 2014 Grand Depart for the Tour de France.
Stage One: Bridlington to Scarborough (173km/107.5miles)
The race will start outside Bridlington Spa and head into Pocklington for the first intermediate sprint.
There are classified climbs up the Côtes de Garrowby Hill and Goathland before the race hits the coastline again at Whitby for the second sprint of the day.
The route continues on to Robin Hood’s Bay for the third and final climb and then into Scarborough for the finish along North Bay.
Stage Two: Tadcaster to Harrogate (122.5km/76 miles)
Starting on Tadcaster bridge, this stage takes the riders through some of Yorkshire’s best-known market towns.
They will venture into Knaresborough, where the first intermediate sprint points are up for grabs, and the day’s sole categorised climb comes on the fearsome Côte de Lofthouse before the descent into Masham.
It is then on to Ripon for the second intermediate sprint and the race will skirt Fountains Abbey before a fast approach to Harrogate. The action finishes along Parliament Street, just as it did on the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France.
Stage Three: Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield (194.5km/121 miles)
In the toughest stage in the brief history of the Tour de Yorkshire, riders will start at Bradford City Park before heading into Saltaire.
The action briefly joins the 2014 Tour de France route at Burley-in-Wharfedale before passing Bolton Abbey and into the Yorkshire Dales. Skipton is the next town on the agenda, with the first of eight categorised climbs being contested on the Côte de Silsden.
The following ascent comes on the cobbled rise up Haworth’s main street and another climb at Leeming must also be tackled before they face the infamous Côte de Shibden Wall.
This cobbled climb could see splits form before the intermediate sprint at Clifton. The race then traverses from West to South Yorkshire and into Penistone, and another sprint is on the cards at Stocksbridge before the riders embark on a 22km finishing circuit that features no-less than four categorised climbs.
These come at Deepcar, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height and Midhopestones before the race finishes at Fox Valley.
The six towns that will host start and finish events during the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire cycle race have been named.
Racing will begin or end in Bradford, Bridlington, Harrogate, Scarborough, Sheffield and Tadcaster in the three-day event from 28-30 April next year.
Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “I’m delighted the race will visit all four corners of the county.”
This year’s Tour de Yorkshire attracted about two million spectators.
An estimated 1.5 million lined the roads for the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire in 2015 which followed in the slipstream of the county’s successful Tour de France Grand Depart event in 2014.
Frenchman Thomas Voeckler won this year’s event, snatching victory in a sprint finish on the final stage in Scarborough.
The county’s reputation as a top global cycling venue was cemented earlier this month with the news that it will host the 2019 Road World Championships – the first time the race will have come to Britain in 37 years.
“The world’s best cyclists will be using the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire as a first dress rehearsal for that and we’re planning a course that will challenge and impress them in equal measure,” said Sir Gary.
The leader of North Yorkshire County Council, Carl Les, said: “As we know these events have strengthened the county’s economy and given a huge boost for our tourism industries.
“This race will benefit all the host towns and their surrounding areas, particularly giving Tadcaster a boost in its recovery from the devastating floods of last December.
“It will be a great opportunity to see pictures of the rebuilt Tadcaster Bridge in the television coverage.”
Scarborough Council leader Derek Bastiman said: “The race organisers obviously can’t get enough of the Yorkshire coast with both Scarborough and our neighbours Bridlington featuring in the start-finish line up. This level of recognition is brilliant for our part of the county.”
The full 2017 race route – including exact start and finish locations and the distance and profile of the race – will be unveiled in December.
The route of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire has been revealed.
Split into three stages, the cycle race covers 515.5km (320 miles), and will see riders weave across the Yorkshire landscape.
The race starts on Friday, 29 April in Beverley, East Yorkshire, and will end on Sunday, 1 May in the North Yorkshire resort of Scarborough.
Last year’s inaugural race was watched by an estimated 1m people and brought £50m into the region’s economy.
The event was launched after Yorkshire hosted the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014.
More than 140 riders joined the first race, including Olympic champion and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins.
The 2016 Tour will see the men’s race start on 29 April with a women’s race held on Saturday 30 April.
The route, stage one: Beverley to Settle
Beverley played host to the 2015 Tour and riders will parade around the town before heading to the racecourse for the official start.
They will then weave through the Wolds, crossing the A64 at Tadcaster before heading north past Wetherby and into the Yorkshire Dales.
Once the cyclists leave Pateley Bridge there is a tough climb at Greenhow Hill. It is then downhill from Grassington to Gargrave and along the A65 before a finish in Settle.
Stage two: Otley to Doncaster
The second leg, which begins in the home town of Olympic cyclist and 2014’s Otley Grand Prix winner, Lizzie Armitstead, will see male and female cyclists ride the same route for the first time.
Past Harewood, the start of last year’s Grand Depart, riders should be able to pick up speed as the route loops to the east of Leeds. The race then heads south towards Pontefract and into South Yorkshire for a finish in Doncaster.
Stage three: Middlesbrough to Scarborough
The final day starts in Middlesbrough, which forms part of the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire before riders take a tour of market towns including Stokesley and Northallerton.
From Thirsk they will head on to Sutton Bank and through the national park before going over the moors to Whitby and finishing along Marine Drive in Scarborough.
As well as the professional race there is a mass-participation “sportive” for cyclists along the same roads as the Tour de Yorkshire.
This will take place on the same day and roads as the third stage of the event’s pro ride.
The race, which is paid for through private and public funding, is organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation, which organises the Tour de France.