Route announcement & Yorkshire town names…
The Tour of Yorkshire has just announced it’s route. We love new races and new events and this one, in it’s second year, and being on British soil is particularly exciting. Three day hilly races are anyone’s game. And Yorkshire’s unpredictable spring weather makes this almost a “Super Classic” like the Eneco Tour, a perfect finish to the spring season of one day races, as the riders segway into Grand Tour season.
The route will take the 18 teams of eight riders to all four corners of Yorkshire, linking together the county’s sporting, historic, industrial and literary greats. Besides the three day men’s race there is a one day race on the same route as stage 2 for women. It’s always fantastic to see the growing number of women’s races alongside men’s events… small steps and ever growing.
Of course, one of our favourite things in Yorkshire is some of the very “British” shall we call them place names. Last year featured a few gems, including “Wetwang” and although not on route Yorkshire does have a small village called “Penistone” (immature giggling allowed.)
This year we’ve got some new ones: Sexhow, Hutton le Hole, Giggleswick, Eggborough,Wham (is that where the band is from?) so expect to see photos of town signs.
Stage 1: Friday 29 April 2016: Beverley to Settle: Stage One begins in Beverley, home to one of England’s finest Minsters, before the peloton races to Tadcaster and on to Knaresborough which was the scene of some of the biggest crowds for the Tour de France in 2014. Taking in some of the Grand Depart 2014 route, a series of climbs takes the riders past Brimham Rocks before a finish in Settle.
Total stage length: 184km
2 x sprint points (Bubwith, and Giggleswick)
1 x King of the Mountain (Greenhow Hill)
Total ascent: 1832m
Stage 2: Saturday 30 April 2016: Otley to Doncaster: On Stage Two, men and women will face exactly the same stage which starts in Otley, home of the current women’s road World Champion Lizzie Armitstead. From Otley riders travel south, on roads not raced on in the Tour de France or Tour de Yorkshire, towards Conisbrough Castle and on to Doncaster.
Total stage length: 135.5km
2 x sprint points (Scholes, Warmsworth)
3 x King/ Queen of the Mountain (Harewood Bank, East Rigton, Conisbrough Castle)
Total ascent: 1110m
Stage 3: Sunday 1 May 2016: Middlesbrough to Scarborough: Stage Three will be familiar to those who raced in 2015, starting in Captain James Cook’s home town of Middlesbrough, then into Herriot Country before tackling the infamous Sutton Bank, the first of six King of the Mountain points in just one stage. Riders then head over the North York Moors and down towards Scarborough for what promises to be a thrilling finale and a race to the very end.
Total stage length: 196km
2 x sprint points (Thirsk and Whitby Abbey)
6 x King of the Mountain (Sutton Bank, Blakey Ridge, Grosmont, Robin Hood’s Bay, Harwood Dale and Oliver’s Mount)
Total ascent: 2593m
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “For next year’s race we’ve selected routes which showcase Yorkshire’s stunning scenery and will also deliver an excellent sporting event. Our first race was phenomenally successful, bringing 1.5 million spectators to the roadside, generating over £50million for the regional economy and being broadcast around the world – not many races can say that. The stages we’ve revealed today are eagerly anticipated by fans, riders and teams and we have all the ingredients for another spectacular race which will bring the crowds back out.”
Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France, said: “I am always happy to be back in Yorkshire and today marks an important milestone for the race. Feedback from teams and riders last year was excellent and this year we have three stages which together create a race right to the end; the final King of the Mountain points are barely six kilometres from the final finish line.”
And we’re putting in the petition now for a 2017 route that goes through Penistone, Kettlesing Bottom, Kirkby Overblow and Netherthong.
For Full route details visit www.letouryorkshire.com
Images: Tour de Yorkshire