The highly anticipated start and finish times for the Tour de Yorkshire have been revealed, along with the ceremonial start routes.
Millions of spectators are expected to line the route of the three day men’s race and one day women’s race which run between 29 April and 1 May. Riders will travel through the region during stage one of the Tour.
Stage One of the Tour de Yorkshire, which is about 114 miles, will begin at 11.50am in the Saturday Market square in Beverley on 29 April. The riders will head out towards the railway station via Toll Gavel and past County Hall on Cross Street. Then it is on to Armstrong Way, past Flemingate Shopping Centre, before heading towards the spectacular Beverley Minster. Riders will then head out of the town on Lairgate, passing St Mary’s Church before heading towards the racecourse for the official start at 12noon.
From there, the peloton will race to Tadcaster and on to Knaresborough which was the scene of some of the biggest crowds for the Tour de France in 2014. Taking in some of the Grand Depart 2014 route, a series of climbs takes the riders past Brimham Rocks before a finish in Settle.
On stage two, which is about 84 miles, men and women will face exactly the same stage which starts in Otley. From Otley riders travel south towards Conisbrough Castle and on to Doncaster.
Stage three starts in Middlesbrough, then into Herriot Country before tackling the infamous Sutton Bank, the first of six King of the Mountain points in just one stage. Riders then head over the North York Moors and down towards Scarborough for what promises to be a thrilling finale and a race to the very end. Stage three is about 122 miles.
A full schedule and race timings can be viewed online at letour.yorkshire.com/timings.
Last year, More than one-and-a-half million fans watched the first ever Tour de Yorkshire from the roadside, and it was watched by TV audiences in more than 150 countries.
Norwegian Lars Petter Nordhaug clinched the overall victory for Team Sky in the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire.
See next week’s (31 March) Beverley Guardian to find out which riders will be taking part in this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.