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The Tour de Yorkshire in Thurgoland 30th April

posted 18 Feb 2017, 02:29 by Thurgoland Parish Council   [ updated 18 Feb 2017, 02:29 ]
After the overwhelming success of the Tour De France, Thurgoland is pleased to be part of the Tour de Yorkshire. The 2.1 Europe Tour world class race, will be taking place between 28th - 30th April, will have three stages.  It will run from Friday through to Sunday visiting Thurgoland as part of stage 3 on the final day. It is set to become a flagship cycling event in the UK in 2017 and an outstanding cycle race in the international calendar, including the participation of top international teams and cycling stars. With 223 world class men and women riders, over 2 million roadside spectators are expected to see the 3 stages; it will be broadcast live on TV to 178 territories with 553 accredited journalists covering the race. The route will vary from year to year covering different parts of Yorkshire. For more information see: http://letour.yorkshire.com/

The professional cyclists will pass through Thurgoland at around 4pm, but before that around 5000 amateur riders will be passing through all morning and up to 3pm.

Details of road closures to follow. 

BRIDLINGTON TO SCARBOROUGH Friday 28 April

The race takes the peloton from the coast through the Yorkshire Wolds, starting outside the refurbished Bridlington Spa and heading into Pocklington for the first intermediate sprint. The classified climbs up the Côtes de Garrowby Hill and 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 world-famous 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.

STAGE TWO: 122.5km – HISTORIC MARKET TOWNS

TADCASTER TO HARROGATE Saturday 29 April

Starting on Tadcaster bridge - which will be newly reopened following flood damage last Boxing Day - this stage takes the riders through some of Yorkshire’s finest market towns. They will venture into Knaresborough, where the first intermediate sprint points are up for grabs, and the day’s sole categorised climb comes on the fearsome Côte de Lofthouse before the descent into Masham. It’s on to Ripon for the second intermediate sprint and the race will skirt the stunning Fountains Abbey before a fast approach to Harrogate. The action reaches its crescendo along Parliament Street, just as it did on the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France.

STAGE THREE: 194.5km – THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER

BRADFORD TO FOX VALLEY (SHEFFIELD) Sunday 30 April

Named The Yorkshire Terrier as this is the toughest stage in the history of the Tour de Yorkshire, riders will start at Bradford City Park before heading into Saltaire. The action then briefly joins the 2014 Tour de France route at Burley-in-Wharfedale before passing the majestic Bolton Abbey and 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 following 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 intermediate sprint at Clifton. The race then traverses from West to South Yorkshire and into Penistone, and another sprint is on the cards at Stocksbridge before the riders embark on a torturous 22km finishing circuit that features no-less than four categorised climbs. These come at Deepcar, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height and Midhopestones before the race reaches its climax at Fox Valley.