A word from our Director Sportif
“On the morning of the biggest bike race in our calendar I couldn’t be prouder of the team and what we have managed to put together in such a short space of time. Josh and Adam are the only two riders in the team that have faced the challenge of the Tour de Yorkshire in previous years and they will provide a great backbone to the team’s efforts this week. There is no doubt that event completing the stages is a success in its self and every one of the team should breath in this moment and give it 100%. I wish all the riders from all teams the very best of luck and a heartfelt thank you to all sponsors, the back-room teams and supporters for getting us to the starting line.” Cherie Pridham, DS and Team Owner
Below we have included a quick-start guide to the routes of the Tour deYorkshire. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @vitusprocylcing where you will have the opportunity to track the team using the Solace Global tracking website - details to be broadcast this morning.
Stage 1 – Arts and Culture
The race gets going in Beverley and passes through the 15th century North Bar before proceeding to Hornsea. The peloton tackle a 16km loop before heading back through Beverley, via the Minster and into the Yorkshire Wolds. The rst classi ed climb is at Baggaby Hill before a brisk descent into Pocklington for the opening sprint. The pace ramps up again for a second sprint in Howden, then it’s full steam into Doncaster where the riders will sweep past landmarks such as The Dome and the world-famous racecourse, before a at-out nish along Bennetthorpe.
Stage 2 – Yorkshire Heritage
The peloton loops around Barnsley’s Town Hall before heading out towards Silkstone and Penistone before the rst mountains classi cation points are up for grabs at Blacker Hill. The race will then pass Elsecar Heritage Centre before the sprint in Swinton. Conisbrough Castle provides another stunning spec- tacle before the riders continue north for the second sprint in Scholes. Harewood House makes an appearance prior to the Côte de Old Pool Bank, the route passes through Otley and Ilkley before reaching the race’s rst-ever summit nish on the Cow and Calf.
Stage 3 – Yorkshire’s Market Towns
The riders roll out of Richmond and heads close to Easby Abbey and into Catterick Garrison. They’ll pass Wensleydale and head to Leyburn, Bedale and Morton on Swale for the rst intermediate sprint. Northallerton and Thirsk are next on the agenda before the riders face the fearsome Côte de Sutton Bank. The action passes through Helmsley and then Pickering for the second sprint. The climbers will be looking to come to the fore again on the Côte de Silpho before the race breezes into Scarborough. The peloton will continue on to Filey before heading back towards Scarborough. The frontrunners then sweep along South Bay and onto the now-legendary nish along North Bay.
Stage 4 – The Yorkshire Terrier
The Piece Hall in Halifax is a spectacular location for the start of this decisive stage. The rst of six categorised climbs comes on the Côte de Hebden Bridge and the race will head up the cobbled Main Street in Haworth before for the next punishing ascent at Goose Eye. Crossing into Craven the route heads past Skipton Castle before the next climb at Barden Moor. The stage heads into the Yorkshire Dales before the riders contest the rst sprint in view of Kilnsey Crag. The Côte de Park Rash will no-doubt cement its place in Tour de Yorkshire folklore as the riders grind their way up it. The action continues on to Masham and then into Nidderdale before making a return to the Côte de Greenhow Hill. The next climb is at Otley Chevin before the race then sweeps into Leeds where the action reaches a rip-roaring conclusion on The Headrow – on the same spot where the Tour de France started in 2014.