The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, 2015
In 2014 Yorkshire provided one of the most spectacular Grand Départs the Tour de France has known. 2 days of fun, laughs, drama, breathtaking scenery and crowds. Thousands of people came out to watch.
Now we have round 2. In May 2015 Yorkshire follows the Tour de France with its very own professional cycling event, the Tour de Yorkshire.
Yorkshire’s own tour
This is not one for the amateurs … this is a serious race. Designated a class 2.1 UCI Europe Tour event, some of the top riders and teams in the professional sport will be taking part. It takes place over 3 days, from 1st to 3rd May, and takes in huge swathes of the the best of the North, West and South Yorkshire countryside.
The peloton and spectators will enjoy plenty of Yorkshire landscape that wasn’t seen in the 2014 event during this tour. Plus, they revisit some of the roads used last year’s in the Grand Départ:
Stage one – 1st May
Scarborough to Bridlington, going along the Flamborough Head Heritage Coast, through Dalby Forest and and Pickering and taking in the stunning North Yorks Moors (remember James Herriot and ‘Heartbeat’?). After that, the race flies along the coast to Whitby, south to Robin Hood’s Bay finishing with a sprint along Scarborough’s seafront. A terrific start.
Stage two – 2nd May
Day 2 starts at Selby Abbey with the tour experiencing the Yorkshire Wolds. The peloton passes through Market Weighton, North Newbald and Beverley before visiting Malton and Stamford Bridge (scene of the famous battle in 1066 when King Harold beat back a Norwegian invasion before heading south to Hastings and another climactic battle). The stage ends with a circuit of York and a dramatic finish in the town centre.
Stage three – 3rd May
The riders return to some of the roads raced in the 2014 Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France. This time, however, the stage starts in Wakefield, heads south to Barnsley before going through Holmfirth, Ripponden, Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge, Oxenhope and Haworth on its way to Ilkley. The stage ends in Leeds where a huge crowd is expected to see the finish in Roundhay Park.
Last year the Grand Départ showcased the Yorkshire Dales and what a show it was. But Yorkshire counties – North, West, East and South – are much more than the Dales. Breathtaking countryside, familiar film and TV locations, scenes of battles that changed the course of British history, monasteries and ancient castle ruins, beautiful coasts, lovely villages and bustling towns, vibrant cities.
The new Tour de Yorkshire will again present the area to both the rest of Britain and to the wider European countries. They can, once again, experience the fun and drama of both this event and the whole area when they visit. It will be well worth the time travelling here.