One of the riders who will be taking part in this year’s Tour de Yorkshire has been sampling stage three of the course and the infamous Cote de Shibden Wall.
Organisers of the Tour have created part one of this video with Team JLT Condor rider, Russ Downing previewing the stage ominously titled The Yorkshire Terrier due to its punishing parcours
Thousands of spectators will line the route for the three-day men’s race and one-day women’s race which run between 28-30 April
The highly anticipated race timings for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire were unveiled by Welcome to Yorkshire.
The timings have been calculated by anticipating the peloton’s average speed but are subject to change depending on variables such as wind speed, direction and how aggressively the riders race.
Timings for the newly expanded race caravan have also been included and list the stop off points where fans will be treated to a host of promotional goodies from the official race partners.
Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity said: “It’s always exciting to share these timings as supporters can now plan exactly where and when they want to watch the action. Every time I see them I’m astonished by how quickly the peloton travels, but these are the very best riders in the world after all!
“Of course, there is a huge amount of added entertainment planned across the county over the full three days, and be sure to line the route early to see our colourful race caravan and fleet of Yorkshire cycling legends pass through.”
The Tour will be passing through Calderdale and Kirklees on Sunday April 30.
The decisive stage of this year’s race – – exits Bradford’s City Park at 12.10pm and takes a scenic trip to the Dales before heading back along the Aire Valley for the first of eight climbs on the Côte de Silsden at 2.04pm.
The Côtes de Haworth and Leeming then follow in quick succession at 2.22pm and 2.32pm respectively before the peloton reaches the Côte de Shibden Wall near Halifax.
This cobbled beast will be crested at 2.54pm before an intermediate sprint takes place in Clifton near Brighouse at 3.09pm.
There’s no respite as the race passes through Cleckheaton, Gomersall, Birstall, Liversedge and Mirfield before it heads into South Yorkshire.
There’s final sprint points up for grabs in Stocksbridge at 4.47pm before the weary riders tackle a gruelling 22km concluding loop featuring no less than four categorised climbs.
The Côte de Deepcar is first up, then the Côtes de Wigtwizzle (4.58pm) and Ewden Height (5.01pm) come before one last drag up the Côte de Midhopestones at 5.07pm. The finishing line at Fox Valley, Sheffield, will be crossed round 5.15pm.
With a month to go until the Tour de Yorkshire cycles through the borough, Calderdale Council has released a guide to help spectators plan their day.
To help you plan for the big event the Council has produced The Little Pocket Tour de Yorkshire Guide, which is full of useful information for the day.