The route for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire has now been announced and if you have been involved in one of the previous Tours (or were simply a spectator) you’ll know what a great event this is likely to be.
The third annual Tour de Yorkshire will take place over 3 days and riders will complete in separate stages taking place on the 28th, 29th and 30th April. As with the previous races the routes have been designed to be challenging and travel through some of the finest scenery that this region has to offer.
Stage 1, 28th April 2017 – Bridlington to Scarborough
After the start at Bridlington, the racers will travel through the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds calling by Burton Agnes and Driffield. After reaching Pocklington they will head North through Malton, Pickering and the Cote de Goathland climb on their way to the Whitby coast.
Following a speedy sprint by the Abbey and a final climb at Robin Hoods Bay the first day of the race comes to a spectacular end at Scarborough’s North Bay.
Stage 2 (and women’s race), 29th April 2017 – Tadcaster to Harrogate
For this stage men and women will face exactly the same challenging route starting at Tadcaster Bridge (which has now been re-opened following the flood repairs). This stage takes in some very pretty towns and villages including some of our favourites such as Ripley, Pateley Bridge, Masham and Fountains Abbey.
There are sprints at Knaresborough and Ripon and the race comes to an end at Parliament Street in Harrogate.
Stage 3, 30th April 2017 – Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield
The third and final stage of the race looks like being the most difficult for the riders involved. It kicks off at Bradford before passing into the Yorkshire Dales and the riders will travel through towns and villages including Ilkley and Skipton before climbing at the Cote de Silsden and the Cote de Haworth (used in Le Tour de France in 2014).
The route then heads towards South Yorkshire with highlights including Holmfirth (the setting of Last of the Summer Wine) and four steep climbs (at Deepcar, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height and Midhopestones) before the final finish at Fox Valley.
It looks like being another great event from the Welcome to Yorkshire team and we can’t wait to see all the cyclists hitting this beautiful region for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire.
Watch the race!
Gorgeous Cottages have around 130 cottages in Yorkshire with many dotted around the route of the Tour de Yorkshire 2017. To find out more and book your cottage give the team a call on 01642 263 249.