Published On: Thu, Jan 22nd, 2015 on 12:37 am

Tour de Yorkshire: Map and route details unveiled

Tour De Yorkshire Route Launch

Image: Shaun Flannery/SWpix.com.

The route of the first-ever Tour de Yorkshire cycle race has been revealed.

The three-day event will start on 1 May in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, and each stage will be a distance of about 110 miles (180km).

Riders will travel around Yorkshire to Scarborough, Selby, Wakefield and York, before ending the final day in Roundhay Park, Leeds.

Tour De Yorkshire Route

Image: ASO.

Friday 1 May, Stage 1: Bridlington – Scarborough (174km)

Stage one will start in the seaside town of Bridlington and finish further up the coast in Scarborough.

Riders will head along the Flamborough Head Heritage Coast before turning into the North York Moors National Park, going through Dalby Forest and towards Pickering. They’ll then ride back to the coast at Whitby, and then south to Robin Hood’s Bay before reaching Scarborough.

Saturday 2 May, Stage 2: Selby – York (174km)

Stage two will start outside Selby Abbey, North Yorkshire and finish in York.

The route will take in the Yorkshire Wolds, the peloton towards Market Weighton, through North Newbald and on to Beverley where riders will turn north to Malton, then on to Stamford Bridge before a circuit of York.

Sunday 3 May, Stage 3: Wakefield – Leeds (167km)

Stage three will start in Wakefield and finish in Leeds.

Riders will go through South Yorkshire to Barnsley before heading to Holmfirth and Ripponden, and riding the Cragg Vale descent.

They’ll go through Hebden Bridge, Oxenhope and Haworth. After a steep climb at Goose Eye the riders will go to Ilkley with a climb up by the Cow and Calf rocks before reaching Arthington.

The finish line will be in Roundhay Park in Leeds.

The Tour de Yorkshire is to be run by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), which organises the Tour de France.

Director of the Tour de France at ASO, Christian Prudhomme, said: “After the grandest of Grand Départs of the Tour de France, we were keen to return to Yorkshire.

“With its stunning landscapes, iconic cities and tough climbs, Yorkshire offers all the ingredients needed for a great cycling race. The welcome we received in Yorkshire in July 2014 was simply spectacular and I am very much looking forward to returning there in May for the Tour de Yorkshire.”

The Tour de Yorkshire is also to include a women’s race on 2 May, a cultural festival, and a mass-participation bike ride in which people will be able to ride the same route as professionals.

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