Everyone at Holdsworth’s Removals are big fans of the Tour de Yorkshire. It could be the action on the roads in amongst the peloton, the climbs and the sprints that grabs the interest but we think the fact that it snakes the streets of God’s Own County that really stokes the interest and love for the event. The Tour de Yorkshire has become a huge event in the region on the back of the incredible success and crowds on show for the Grand Depart of the Tour de France which drew out thousands upon thousands to line Yorkshire’s streets. Since then, the sights , sounds and colours of this event have become an annual celebration with some of the best cyclists in the world coming along – this year Mark Cavendish will experience the event.
Here are some of our favourite locations that the Tour de Yorkshire visits this year.
Stage One: Beverley to Doncaster.
The first stage crosses three different parts of the region, starting in Humberside and finishing in South Yorkshire via the East Riding of Yorkshire. Along the way, the peloton samples some of the fresh sea air by circling around Hornsea on the East Coast before heading towards Pocklington, Goole before its finish in Doncaster town centre.
Stage Two: Barnsley to Ilkley
After leaving Barnsley, the peloton attacks the “Cote de Penistone” before snaking through the highest market town in the country. It circles back south past Barnsley before heading north towards West Yorkshire. The peloton rides straight through some of West Yorkshire’s most recognised market downs such as Pontefract, Castleford, Kippax and Garforth before reaching the rural areas of North Leeds. As the stages reaches its closing stages they pass through cycling mad Otley and Ilkley before reaching the final climb towards the finish line at the Cote de Cow & Calf.
Stage Three: Richmond to Scarborough
Starting in North Yorkshire, the peloton takes in some of the best rural towns that Yorkshire has to offer – Leyburn, Bedale, Northallerton, Thirsk. As they leave Thirsk, all eyes and minds will be on the climb to come, the fearsome Cote de Sutton Bank. After conquering Sutton Bank, there is a an easterly run towards the coast. The cyclists will call in at Filey before turning back north towards the finish on Scarborough’s sea front.
Stage Four: Halifax to Leeds
The stage that starts and finishes in West Yorkshire via North Yorkshire. After leaving Halifax, the peloton heads through Haworth and Bronte Country before reaching the gate to the Yorkshire Dales – Skipton. They will loop around North Yorkshire through Burnsall, Kettlewell, Masham and Pateley Bridge and then head back south towards more urban surroundings. The tour reaches its final stages in our home town of Leeds, revisiting Otley before working through Horsforth and Kirkstall into Leeds city centre and the finish line.