The pride of Yorkshire
April 30 th 2018 - 15:02
“We are thrilled to be hosting the fourth edition of the Tour de Yorkshire – a race which is now considered one of cycling’s most dramatic and best supported events. Seeing it develop as a legacy of the 2014 Grand Départ is one of our team’s proudest achievements, it still gives me goosebumps whenever I see masses of cycling fans lining our county’s roads. Our race is going from strength to strength and we are delighted to see the men’s race growing from three to four days this year and the women’s race doubling in size to two days. This gives us the ability to design a more varied route which showcases Yorkshire’s stunning scenery and delivers spectacular action.“
Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity.
“Yorkshire has everything a bike race could ever wish for – the terrain, the gorgeous landscape, passionate crowds and countless towns decorated with bunting, bikes and banners. We are sure this will be an epic four days of exhilarating racing and we know the county will do us proud!“
A.S.O.’s Director of Cycling Christian Prudhomme.
Stage 1 – Arts and Culture
The race gets going in Beverley and passes through the 15th century North Bar before proceeding to Hornsea. The peloton tackle a 16km loop before heading back through Beverley, via the Minster and into the Yorkshire Wolds. The first classified climb is at Baggaby Hill before a brisk descent into Pocklington for the opening sprint. The pace ramps up again for a second sprint in Howden, then it’s full steam into Doncaster where the riders will sweep past landmarks such as The Dome and the world-famous racecourse, before a flat-out finish along Bennetthorpe.
Stage 2 – Yorkshire Heritage
The peloton loops around Barnsley’s Town Hall before heading out towards Silkstone and Penistone before the first mountains classification points are up for grabs at Blacker Hill. The race will then pass Elsecar Heritage Centre before the sprint in Swinton. Conisbrough Castle provides another stunning spectacle before the riders continue north for the second sprint in Scholes. Harewood House makes an appearance prior to the Côte de Old Pool Bank, the route passes through Otley and Ilkley before reaching the race’s first-ever summit finish on the Cow and Calf.
Stage 3 – Yorkshire’s Market Towns
The riders roll out of Richmond and heads close to Easby Abbey and into Catterick Garrison. They’ll pass Wensleydale and head to Leyburn, Bedale and Morton on Swale for the first intermediate sprint. Northallerton and Thirsk are next on the agenda before the riders face the fearsome Côte de Sutton Bank. The action passes through Helmsley and then Pickering for the second sprint. The climbers will be looking to come to the fore again on the Côte de Silpho before the race breezes into Scarborough. The peloton will continue on to Filey before heading back towards Scarborough. The frontrunners then sweep along South Bay and onto the now-legendary finish along North Bay.
Stage 4 – The Yorkshire Terrier
The Piece Hall in Halifax is a spectacular location for the start of this decisive stage. The first of six categorised climbs comes on the Côte de Hebden Bridge and the race will head up the cobbled Main Street in Haworth before for the next punishing ascent at Goose Eye. Crossing into Craven the route heads past Skipton Castle before the next climb at Barden Moor. The stage heads into the Yorkshire Dales before the riders contest the first sprint in view of Kilnsey Crag. The Côte de Park Rash will no-doubt cement its place in Tour de Yorkshire folklore as the riders grind their way up it. The action continues on to Masham and then into Nidderdale before making a return to the Côte de Greenhow Hill. The next climb is at Otley Chevin before the race then sweeps into Leeds where the action reaches a rip-roaring conclusion on The Headrow – on the same spot where the Tour de France started in 2014.