Tour de Yorkshire 2016 to Finish in Scarborough
The route for the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire has been revealed. The race will start on Friday 29 April in Beverley, and will end on Sunday 1 May in Scarborough.
The cycle race was launched last year after Yorkshire successfully hosted the Tour de France Grand Depart and was watched by an estimated 1 million people and generated £50m for the region's economy.
The 2016 Tour will see the men's race start on 29 April with a women's race held on Saturday 30 April. Split into three stages, riders will cover 515.5km (320 miles).
Stage one: Beverley to Settle
Riders will parade around the town before heading to the racecourse for the official start.
They will then ride through the Wolds, crossing the A64 at Tadcaster before heading north past Wetherby, into the Yorkshire Dales.
After the riders leave Pateley Bridge they face a tough climb at Greenhow Hill, and then it's downhill from Grassington to Gargrave before a finish in Settle.
Stage two: Otley to Doncaster
The second leg, begins in Otley and will see male and female cyclists ride the same route for the first time. Passing Harewood, riders will follow a route which loops to the east of Leeds. The race then heads south towards Pontefract and into South Yorkshire to finish in Doncaster.
Stage three: Middlesbrough to Scarborough
The final stage will be 196km long. It will feature two sprint points at Thirsk and Whitby Abbey and six King of the Mountain classifications at Sutton Bank, Blakey Ridge, Grosmont, Robin Hood’s Bay, Harwood Dale and Oliver’s Mount, giving a total ascent of 2593m.
The route begins in Middlesbrough, birth place of Captain James Cook, and takes the riders on a challenging and technical route through much of the stunning North York Moors National Park.
From the start line at Middlesbrough’s MIMA Gallery, they travel south over the Official Start on the outskirts of Nunthorpe on the A172, through Great Ayton, home of the Captain Cook School Room, and on to Stokesley, Hutton Rudby, Winton and down to Northallerton, the county town of North Yorkshire.
From there, the riders head to Thirsk’s market square where there will be a sprint point, before the infamous Sutton Bank and a King of the Mountain. Onwards to Helmsley, winner of Britain’s Best Market Town, then to Kirkbymoorside and heading north to Hutton le Hole and a King of the Mountain at Blakey Ridge. The peloton will recognise Castleton and many of the villages towards Whitby as the route is similar to that for the 2015 race.
There will be a King of the Mountain at Grosmont, where in 2015 riders were welcomed by a steam salute by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and riders will pass through Sleights and Ruswarp before dipping down to Whitby.
There is a sprint point at Whitby Abbey, before the race makes a visit to Hawkser. Next up is a battle over a King of the Mountain at Robin Hood’s Bay, before another King of the Mountain at Harwood Dale. From there it’s full speed to East Ayton and Irton, before a final King of the Mountain at Oliver’s Mount and a sprint finish in Scarborough’s North Bay.
Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said:
"We’re absolutely delighted with the route announcement. To get a finish for a second time is great news but to get the final race finish and the Tour de Yorkshire Ride Sportive too is like a dream come true. We’ll have the opportunity to showcase our wonderful borough to thousands of visitors and a worldwide television audience of millions. For our local communities, it will be another chance to come together and celebrate a first class sporting event right on their doorsteps."
"The positive effect the Tour de Yorkshire will have on the area’s economy, particularly the tourism sector, should not be underestimated. We therefore encourage local businesses to embrace the spirit of the event and engage with us and Welcome to Yorkshire during the coming weeks and months so they can get the right advice on how best to benefit from it."
As well as the professional race there is a mass-participation "sportive" for cyclists along the same roads as the Tour de Yorkshire. This will take place on the same day and roads as the third stage of the event's pro ride.
The race, which is paid for through private and public funding, is organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation, which organises the Tour de France.
For more details about the Tour de Yorkshire visit letour.yorkshire.com
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