New £800,000 Tour de Yorkshire funding to boost the event
The Tour de Yorkshire Ride has been created to give cyclists the chance to travel the route just hours before the pros race.
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. The site opened on 4 February for applications.
If you cannot wait to find out if you have made it through the ballot or have left it too late to apply then there is a way to win one of 10 guaranteed free places in the Tour de Yorkshire ride at this year’s Welcome to Yorkshire conference, Y 15, which takes place at Scarborough Spa on 18 March, from 10am.
To be in with a chance to win simply register at yorkshire.com/Y15 and submit your printed ticket on the day of the event at the Welcome to Yorkshire stand for a chance to win.
Entries will be drawn after the event closes.
The sportive will be held on the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire, 3 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, which will be taken in the opposite direction, a real test of stamina with over 6.7 kilometres of near continuous climbing.
Shortly after riders will travel through the quaint village of Howarth and over the cobble stones, one of the most iconic images of the Tour de France Grand Départ.
Riders will climb 150 metres from Laycock to Sutton-in-Craven, before reaching the villages of Addingham and Ilkley.
Riders on the long and medium routes will take on the Cow and Calf Climb, before the East Chevin Climb, after which cyclists will need all their remaining energy to climb the short but very steep Black Hill Road.
The Tour de Yorkshire Ride culminates back at Roundhay Park where cyclists will be presented with their medal.
The Tour de Yorkshire will be held for the first time from 1-3 May. It is expected to attract high profile cyclists and top international teams.