It’s not just professional bike racers who can take part in the very first Tour de Yorkshire, now non pro bike riders are being encouraged to sign up for a an exciting new sportive on Sunday 3 May.
The Tour de Yorkshire Ride will give cyclists the chance to ride the route just hours before the pros race, but unlike the pros, participants can choose their own distance.
Three distance options are available for the sportive for a small fee, from 50km (£42), 108km (£46) or 140km (£49) routes.
A women-only Cycletta sportive will also take place along the 50km route.
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, says: “This is a fantastic chance for people to ride this iconic route and we hope it will, as part of the legacy of the Grand Départ, get more people of all ages and all abilities cycling.”
Thousands of spectators are expected to line parts of the route offering familiar and legendary Yorkshire support, and timings will be available online giving sportive riders the chance to compare their climb times to the pros.
The event is being supported by five-time Tour de France winner, Bernard Hinault, who will be giving sportive riders tips.
Bernard Hinault, 5 times Tour de France winner enthused: “The Tour de France has had a sportive alongside it for many years and it’s a unique experience for amateur riders to ride at L’Etape; so to have this similar experience available at the Tour de Yorkshire will be magnifique and something all keen riders will want to be part of.”
Participants in the sportive will cross the same finish line as the pro riders and a winners’ ceremonies will take place on the Tour de Yorkshire podium.
The sportive will be held on the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire, Sunday 3rd May just hours before the pro race starts.
After leaving Roundhay Park in Leeds those taking on the 140km long route will climb Pool Bank and head towards Sowerby Bridge. They will join the pro route at Mytholmroyd and up the 2014 Tour de France King of the Mountains Côte De Oxenhope Moor. They will then pass through Haworth, Ilkley and climb the steep Black Hill Road before the Tour de Yorkshire Ride culminates back at Roundhay Park where cyclists will be presented with their medal.
Demand for places in the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire Ride is expected to be extremely high and people are encouraged to pre-register at letouryorkshire. com/sportive.