VIDEO: Ex-pro cyclist David Millar offers tips for Tour de Yorkshire race
British ex-pro cyclist David Millar has confirmed he will join thousands of other riders for the first time since his retirement, to take part in the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride.
He will take his place on the start line alongside his father Gordon who has only just taken up cycling.
One of only two Britons to have worn the leader’s jersey at all three of the Grand Tours, David has given riders an insight into what to expect from some of the more challenging stages of the race.
In a video, David discusses the four key climbs along the route: Côte de Chevin, Côte de Hebden Bridge, Côte de Goose Eye and Côte de Cow and Calf, giving a rider’s-eye view of each climb.
He said: “We wanted to give the riders of the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride a look at the route as there are a few very hard climbs. Parts of the route were used in Stage Two of last year’s Tour de France with many parts catching out the pro-riders.
“It’s important not to underestimate the difficulty of this route. On the climbs you need to make sure you put on very small gears as it is going to be hard, especially if it rains. I’m very excited to be heading up to Yorkshire and competing in what will be an iconic ride for everyone involved.”
The ride will start and finish at Roundhay Park in Leeds on the morning of 3 May and will precede the third and final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire Pro race later that day.
It offers riders the choice of a 55km, 109km, 142km and 55km women’s only Cycletta sportive – all of which take place on the same day and many of the same roads as the third and final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire Pro ride.