Details of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire, one of the UK’s top cycling championships, has been revealed.
The popular event sees some of the world’s best cyclists battle it across Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside over three gruelling stages.
The 2017 race is set to be just as tough as previous years with riders taking in coast and country, racking up over 480km over the three days.
If you want to be a part of this now annual spectacle then a stay at one of our Yorkshire holiday parks makes perfect sense, with Stage 1 starting and finishing near several of our parks between Bridlington and Scarborough.
Stage One gets underway outside Bridlington Spa and heads into Pocklington for the first intermediate sprint. The classified climbs up the Côte de Garrowby Hill and Côte de Goathland will get the legs pumping before the race hits the coastline again at Whitby, where the riders will get a great view of the Abbey as they contest the second sprint of the day. The route continues on to Robin Hood’s Bay for the third and final climb and then it’s full steam into Scarborough for the now-legendary finish along North Bay.
On Stage Two, men and women will face exactly the same stage which starts in Tadcaster. The action commences on the newly-reopened Tadcaster Bridge and ventures into Knaresborough where the first intermediate sprint points are up for grabs. The sole categorised climb comes at the Côte de Lofthouse and then it’s on to Ripon for the second intermediate sprint. The race will skirt Fountains Abbey before a fast approach to Harrogate, where the action will reach its crescendo along Parliament Street, just as it did on the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France.
On Stage Three the riders roll out of City Park in Bradford and take in Salts Mill before the start flag is lowered. The action then briefly joins the 2014 Tour de France route at Burley-in-Wharfedale before passing into the Yorkshire Dales. Skipton is the next town on the agenda, with the first of eight categorised climbs being contested on the Côte de Silsden. The next ascent comes on the cobbled rise up Haworth’s picturesque main street and another climb at Leeming must also be tackled before they face the infamous Côte de Shibden Wall. This cobbled brute could see splits form before the final intermediate sprint in Stocksbridge. The riders then embark on a torturous 22km finishing circuit that features no less than four categorised climbs at Deepcar, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height and Midhopestones before the race reaches its climax at Fox Valley.
Do you love your cycling? Or do you just want to witness this great event for the first time? No fewer than 5 of our 10 holiday parks are close to the route of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire.
Want to get up close and personal with some top riders? Flower of May Holiday Park – perfect for caravan holidays, glamping, touring and camping and seasonal touring – is located just south of Scarborough, meaning you can catch all the action on what is expected to be a dramatic finish to Stage 1!
If you’re a holiday home owner at The Lighthouse, The Haven or Burnside holiday parks then you’re in luck, with riders passing close by on Stage 1! Racing down from Whitby to Scarborough, owners at these parks will be perfectly placed to see them pass by.
Stage 2 sees the race move further in-land, and heads to Ripon, where visitors to our Riverside Meadows Holiday Park – which is great for touring, camping, seasonal touring and holiday home ownership – will be close to the action!
You can keep up to date with all the latest information about the Tour de Yorkshire across three digital platforms:
Twitter: @LeTourYorkshire #TDY
For more information about where to stay to see the Tour, visit our park pages here or call us today on 01723 584311