50 Days until the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire
The 2017 Tour de Yorkshire is now just 50 days away and the highly anticipated start and finish times have now been unveiled.
Millions 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 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.
The full schedule and race timings can be viewed online now at letour.yorkshire.com/timings but the information for the Stage Three: Bradford to Sheffield timings are below:
Stage Three: Sunday 30 April – Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield, 194.5km (120.9 miles)
The decisive stage of this year’s race – ominously titled The Yorkshire Terrier due to its punishing parcours – 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 Cote de Silsden at 14:04pm. The Cotes de Haworth and Leeming then follow in quick succession at 14:22pm and 14:32pm respectively before the peloton reaches the Cote de Shibden Wall. This cobbled beast will be crested at 14:54pm before an intermediate sprint takes place in Clifton at 15:09pm. There’s no respite as the race passes into South Yorkshire, and the final sprint points are up for grabs in Stocksbridge at 16:47pm before the weary riders tackle a gruelling 22km concluding loop featuring no less than four categorised climbs. The Cote de Deepcar is first up at 16:52pm and the Cotes de Wigtwizzle (16:58pm) and Ewden Height (17:01) come one after the other before one last drag up the Cote de Midhopestones at 17:07pm. Anyone left in contention after that will duke it out for the stage and overall victory in Fox Valley at 17:15pm.
Organisers, Welcome to Yorkshire marked 50 Dyas to go by announcing Deignan (née Armitstead) will return to her home county for the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire on Saturday 29 April, which will see the world’s best riders tackling a tough 122.5km route from Tadcaster to Harrogate.
The Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire will take place on the same course as the second stage of the men’s race, with the women starting at 09:10am and the men at 14:00pm. The races are likely to culminate in Harrogate at approximately 12:30pm and 17:00pm respectively.
The men’s race will start with a 173km stage from Bridlington to Scarborough 24 hours earlier and culminate with a 194.5km trek from Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield on Sunday.
Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity is delighted to have unveiled another world-class athlete following the news that Thomas Voeckler will be back to defend the men’s title, and is predicting the third edition of the Tour de Yorkshire to be the biggest and best one yet.
Details of all the teams who are competing in the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire and Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire will be revealed at Welcome to Yorkshire’s Y17 conference at the York Theatre Royal on Tuesday 21 March. Full line-ups are set to be announced in mid-April.
Full information on the Tour de Yorkshire and Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire Race can be found at http://letour.yorkshire.com