Scarborough will stage a dramatic race to the finish on the opening day of the inaugural Tour De Yorkshire.
Details of the route have been revealed with Scarborough sea front hosting the finish of the race on Friday May 1, which begins in Bridlington.
The elite riders will take in Hunmanby, Pickering, the North York Moors National Park, Castleton, Danby, Sleights, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.
The race will be shown live on television in the UK and across Europe and a huge television audience is expected, once again shining a spotlight on Yorkshire.
York Moors landscapes.
From the start line in Bridlington the riders will head along the Flamborough Head Heritage Coast before turning away from the coast into the North York Moors National Park, through Dalby Forest and towards Pickering. They’ll then take a spectacular journey back to the coast at Whitby, and then south to Robin Hood’s Bay with the ultimate race to the finish line on the seafront at Scarborough.
The last section of this stage will be particularly tough, especially the climb out of Robin Hood’s Bay, which is 1.5km long and has an average gradient of 10.3 per cent.
The race is being organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation, with support from British Cycling and local authorities throughout the county, especially the start and finish towns and cities; Bridlington, Leeds, Scarborough, Selby, Wakefield, York and North Yorkshire County Council and East Riding Council.
Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France at Amaury Sport Organisation, said; “After the grandest of Grand Départs of the Tour de France, we were keen to return to Yorkshire.
“With its stunning landscapes, iconic cities and tough climbs, Yorkshire offers all the ingredients needed for a great cycling race.
“The welcome we received in Yorkshire in July 2014 was simply spectacular and I am very much looking forward to returning there in May for the Tour de Yorkshire.”
The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire route takes in places predominantly in areas which missed out on the Tour de France as it passed through Yorkshire. Thierry Gouvenou,
Tour de France’s Sports Director, who designed the race route, said; “Yorkshire offers so much with its huge variety of landscapes.
For this first edition we have three quite different stages, each with their own challenges and, seen as a whole, a very exciting addition to European racing. This first edition will suit a strong all-rounder rider. In the following years we will change the routes, taking in new places and offering something new each time”.
The Tour de Yorkshire Ride is a mass participation bike ride which promises to be one of the most challenging and popular sportives in the British calendar.
Organised by Human Race, it will take place before the pro race on the morning of the final day, Sunday May 3 and thousands are expected to take part.
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said; “Before the Grand Départ had even finished people all across Yorkshire were asking when we can have more cycling.
The Tour de Yorkshire will bring back many of the world’s top cycling teams and there will be an opportunity for ordinary people to ride the same roads on the same day in the sportive. And this is a free event to watch so there is an opportunity for everyone in the county to be part of Tour de Yorkshire in one way or another.”
Welcome to Yorkshire is also organising a month long Tour de Yorkshire Festival, to showcase the country’s rich and diverse cultural offering.
The Yorkshire Festival, which accompanied the Tour de France Grand Depart, will be held in 2016.