Yorkshire moves into top gear: Tour de Yorkshire 2015
The next couple of weeks are set to be hugely exciting for Yorkshire, as it will host the first ever Tour de Yorkshire. There only a matter of days left before this cycling event, modelled of course on the world-famous Tour de France, kicks off in Bridlington.
Here’s a quick guide to each stage of this thrilling 3-day event, with routes taking in some of the very best and most scenic spots for cycling in Yorkshire:
Stage 1 – Bridlington to Scarborough on 1st May
The seaside town of Bridlington is where riders from all over the world will start their Yorkshire cycling adventure. A gruelling 174km later, after passing through the North York Moors National Park, Dalby Forest and Pickering, then looping back to Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay, it’s a race to the finish at the Scarborough seafront.
Stage 2 – Selby to York on 2nd May
For stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2015, it’s over to Selby Abbey, a magnificent backdrop for the start of the route. Riders will head through the Yorkshire Wolds, from Market Weighton and North Newbald to Beverley, Malton and Stamford Bridge, finishing in the historic town of York. There’s also a dedicated women’s event taking place on the same day, with a circuit planned in York.
Stage 3 – Wakefield to Leeds on 3rd May
With just a night’s sleep to recover their energy, the riders will again take to their bikes for Stage 3 of the event, which kicks off in Wakefield. This stage revisits some of the route taken by the riders in the Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014, but in reverse. From Wakefield, the peloton will travel through Barnsley, Holmfirth, Ripponden, Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge, Oxenhope, Haworth, Goose Eye, Ilkley, Arthington and eventually – a big finish amongst crowds of thousands of cheering spectators in Roundhay Park in Leeds.
This final stage is a challenging one, with steep climbs at Goose Eye and the Cow & Calf as well as a sprint point at Arthington, but it’s also incredibly exciting – cycling in Yorkshire really doesn’t get much better than this!
Will you be at the finish line in Leeds?
If you plan to catch a glimpse of the riders in the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire 2015, or you’re visiting the region for any of the big cycling events in Leeds 2015, make sure you set up base camp right in the heart of the action.
Weetwood Hall in Leeds, just minutes from the city centre, is perfectly placed for a range of sporting activities in the area. It even has its own Sports Park Weetwood, with grass and artificial pitches perfect for sporting events and training sessions. Plus, comfortable, modern rooms and great quality food and drink – it’s the perfect package for any sports enthusiast wanting an adrenaline-pumping weekend away!