Ride in the tracks of Tour de Yorkshire

Tour de France legend Bernard Hinault in Cragg Vale for last year's Grand Depart
Tour de France legend Bernard Hinault in Cragg Vale for last year's Grand Depart

Thousands are expected to take part in a mass cycle ride along the route of the first ever Tour de Yorkshire.

The Tour de Yorkshire Ride will give cyclists the chance to ride the route just hours before the pros race.

The Tour de Yorkshire is a new international cycle race which will be held for the first time from 1-3 May this year.

It is expected to attract high profile cyclists and top international teams.

Three distance options are available, with riders able to choose from 50km, 100km or 140km routes. A women-only Cycletta sportive will also take place along the 50km route.

Each of the carefully designed routes will feature much of the Tour de Yorkshire route with a number of challenging climbs and spectacular Yorkshire views.

Thousands of people are expected to line some parts of the route offering some 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. 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.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said; “This is such an exciting opportunity for Yorkshire.

“The Tour de Yorkshire is all about growing the visitor economy and this event, with thousands taking part from all over the UK and overseas, will bring even more people to visit our county.”

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. Entries will officially open on 4 February.