The Tour de Yorkshire began in 2015, but this high-profile race has quickly established itself as one of the highlights of the international cycling calendar. This year, the event kicks off on Friday 28th April at Bridlington Spa as men begin the first of three stages covering a total of 490 km. The women’s event is a single day race taking place on Saturday 29th encompassing the 122-km course from Tadcaster to Harrogate.
A huge tourist event for Yorkshire
Around 2 million enthusiastic spectators turned out in 2016 to watch the peloton pass by and it’s expected that even more spectators will brave the unpredictable Yorkshire weather to catch a glimpse of their cycling heroes at this year’s event. Last year Frenchman Thomas Voeckler took the title and he’ll be back to mount a defence against riders from teams including the BMC Racing Team, Team Sky, ONE Pro Cycling, Great Britain Cycling Team and Raleigh GAC.
Day one sees cyclists travel 173 km from Bridlington to Scarborough with what promises to be an electrifying finish along North Bay. Day two is 122.5 km and takes cyclists from Tadcaster to Harrogate. The final stage begins in Bradford and is the longest at 194.5 km. It features eight categorised climbs before the grand stand finish at Fox Valley, Sheffield.
Tour de Yorkshire Ride
As well as the professional event, amateur cyclists have the opportunity to ride ahead of their heroes with the Tour de Yorkshire Ride on the final day. There is a range of distances on offer ¬with amateur cyclists challenging themselves over 100 km, 75 km and 50 km. The races cover many of the same roads and structure as the main tour and participants will get great support from spectators as well as full mechanical and technical support. Racers will cross at the official finish line and get a customised medal with their name and finish time.
Experience the beauty of Yorkshire
When you’re not following the race, there are plenty of picturesque places to visit in Yorkshire. Experience the rugged charm of the Yorkshire coast and visit delightful seaside towns of Scarborough or Whitby. Take a trip to the Yorkshire Dales and see some of the most astounding natural beauty England has to offer, alongside delightful towns and villages where you’ll find warm welcoming people and a great selection of local cheeses. If you want to enjoy some hiking, there’s no finer place to stretch your legs than the 1,400 miles of the enchanting North York Moors National Park.
Follow the race with Arnold Clark Can & Van Rental
If you want to follow the race on four wheels, then pay a visit to Arnold Clark’s Car & Van Rental branch within our York Motorstore. Although there will be some disruption to traffic, most roads will only be shut for a short time as cyclists travel through, so as long as you stay on the right route, you’ll be able to enjoy most of the action. Whether you just want a runabout to follow the race, or a 4x4 to take you off the beaten track, we have a wide selection of ready-to-hire vehicles from a range of manufacturers to meet your needs. We’ll even meet you as you arrive in York station and drop you off at the end of the hire.
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