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The Tour de Yorkshire is passing our doors

Posted on 2nd May 2018 by CE Team

The Tour de Yorkshire 2018 is upon us, and this year it has become a four-day cycling extravaganza. If you’ve booked one of our cottages in the North York Moors there are plenty of vantage points to enjoy the action.

A Little Tour History

In 2014, Yorkshire hosted the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France. The competitive success and spectator interest generated by the Grand Depárt, prompted the planning of Yorkshire’s first stand-alone Tour de Yorkshire, held in 2015.

Since its inception, the annual race has gone from strength to strength, attracting the world’s top riders and increasing spectator and television interest. Originally a three-day event, this year the race extends over four days from the 3rd May to the 6th inclusive and is split into three categories. The men’s event has four stages from Thursday 3rd May to Sunday 6th May. The ladies have two stages starting on the 3rd and finishing on the 4th May. While the Maserati (amateur) tour on Sunday 6th May has opted for a choice of short, medium or long route for those taking part.

Never Far from the Action

The Tour de Yorkshire is much more than a race to test professional and amateur riders to their limits. Its layout provides locals and visitors the opportunity to be a part of the action. The 450 mile route covers large areas of the county, and passes through 169 towns, villages and cities as it wends its way along the coast, through moors, up fells and down dales. There are eight host towns for the event. At these, bikes are repaired, riders rested and visitors can get up close to absorb the energy and atmosphere of the occasion. Host towns for the four-day event are Barnsley, Beverley, Doncaster, Halifax, Ilkley, Leeds, Richmond and Scarborough.

Check out The Different Stages

If you’re staying in one of our Whitby cottages, Scarborough is just a 30 minute drive along the A171, and is the finishing point of the men’s Stage 3 from Richmond, on the Saturday. If you are staying in one of our dog-friendly North York Moors cottages, and looking for the stages closest to your location, here is a list of start and finishes. More in-depth route details are available on dedicated websites.

Men’s race

  • Stage 1 Thursday: Beverly to Doncaster
  • Stage 2 Friday: Barnsley to Ilkley
  • Stage 3 Saturday: Richmond to Scarborough
  • Stage 4 Sunday: Halifax to Leeds

Women’s Race

  • Stage 1 Thursday: Beverley to Doncaster
  • Stage 2 Friday: Barnsley to Ilkley

Maserati amateur race

  • One Stage three routes, Sunday: Leeds to Leeds

Great Places to View the Races

With so many places to go and things to do from one of our cottages in North Yorkshire, it shouldn’t be too difficult to fit in a little time to cheer on the riders. With both the men’s and women’s races starting from Beverly, staying in one of our pet friendly North York Moors cottages you can dive straight into the action. But be warned, with over two-million visitors expected over the four days, there will be thousands with the same idea, and that applies to all the main staging towns.

For a less crowded view of the racing, check out each stage route. There will be plenty of viewpoints on the moors, on the hill climbs, and in the villages. What could be more appealing on a pleasant May day, than enjoying a pint of real ale and a pub lunch, as the riders flash past your vantage point outside the local village pub. Who knows? The atmosphere and excitement of this fabulous four day event might have you running to the nearest cycle hire shop – and joining in with the cycling crowds on amateur Sunday.

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