Returning to North Yorkshire’s rolling hills from 2 – 5 May, the Tour de Yorkshire is one of the UK’s premier cycling events, attracting over two million spectators, with an influx of big names and cycling celebrities on the journey.
The fifth edition of the men’s race has even been promoted to hors catégorie (HC) status, the highest for a multi-stage race which is not part of the UCI WorldTour. It encompasses all four corners of the county and takes in 150 villages, towns and cities along the way.
The Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race meanwhile, will take place between 3-4 May meaning that for the first time ever, it will be held on a Friday and Saturday to allow more people to celebrate the race.
We’re delighted to have the Tour de Yorkshire pass our doorstep(s), so, naturally, we’re highlighting some of the best places in God’s Own Country to get an eyeful of the action.
The Yorkshire Coast Stage: Saturday 4 May
Bridlington to Scarborough
132km (82 miles)
The male riders will roll out in front of Bridlington Spa at 14:30 and will head into the North York Moors National Park.
The Côte de Silpho is looming large at 15:34 and the opening intermediate sprint will be contested just after Harwood Dale at 15:47.
With those points in the bag the route continues north and the action is set to reach Robin Hood’s Bay at 16:02.
Once the peloton have passed through they will climb the Côte de Hooks House Farm at 16:05.
Then it’s on to Whitby with a second intermediate sprint in front of the Abbey at 16:14.
The views will be spectacular on the approach to Sandsend, and it is there that the Côte de Lythe Bank will be waiting at 16:25.
Once they have crested that the route heads inland, but the climbing doesn’t stop, and the Côtes de Grosmont and Ugglebarnby are waiting at 16:53 and 17:02 respectively.
With those in the bag the race heads back to Scarborough and the frontrunners will sweep along South Bay, around the castle walls, and onto the now-legendary finish along North Bay at 17:45.
Before all that the women will commence in Bridlington at 09:05 and contest the Côte de Silpho at 10:20 before the first intermediate sprint comes in Harwood Dale at 10:35.
The second climb at Hooks House Farm is set to be scaled at 10:57 before another sprint takes place outside Whitby Abbey at 11:07.
The Côtes de Lythe Bank (11:21), Grosmont (11:53) and Ugglebarnby (12:05) should prove selective, meaning the winner of the stage in Scarborough at 12:56 is also likely to take the overall Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race crown as well.
If you plan on seeing this world-class race in action, why not plan a break with Cottage Escapes?
You’ll also be able to enjoy the many sights and attractions North Yorkshire has to offer outside of the race, from charming coastal towns such as Whitby to the natural beauty of the North York Moors.
Take a look at our selection of cottages close to the route, perfect for making the most of the big event.