Following the success of the county’s visit from the Tour de France in 2014, Yorkshire will this year be hosting the first Tour de Yorkshire event as a legacy of the Grand Départ.
As a 2.1 UCI Europe Tour event, this three staged race has attracted elite cycling teams and riders, including Yorkshire’s very own two-time Olympic Champion Ed Clancy, and Marcel Kittel who won the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate last year.
Starting on May 1st, riders will begin the first stage in Bridlington and will finish the third stage on May 3rd in Leeds - covering a total of 515km in three days.
Tour de Yorkshire also features a women’s race which will run on day two of the men’s event, starting at 10.30am.
The race is open to all British Cycling licensed riders from Elite, 1st, 2nd and 3rd categories and involves four laps of the 20km circuit around York that the men will be riding later on that afternoon.
Expected to attract impressive crowds and overwhelming racing atmospheres, you’re not going to want to miss it!
Although Bradley Wiggins has recently left the team, Team Sky appear to be back on their winning streak this year:
As the team behind two Tour de France winners in two consecutive years (2012 and 2013), including Bradley Wiggins, is this team to watch out for?
Following two years of success, the team’s performance deteriorated slightly in 2014; with titles like the Tour de France and Tour of Britain out of their reach yet achieving wins in the Tour of Oman, Tour of Romandie and Tour of Austria.
Although Bradley Wiggins has recently left the team, Team Sky appear to back on their winning streak this year:
- Richie Porte landed the team their first win at the Australian National Time Trial championships
- Elia Vivani sprinted to victory on stage two of the Dubai Tour
- Froome dominated the Vuelta a Andalucia
- Thomas took gold at the Volta ao Algarve
The eight riders riding for the Team Sky in the Tour de Yorkshire are:
- Ben Swift (From Yorkshire)
- Ian Boswell
- Nathan Earle
- Bernhard Eisel
- Andrew Fenn
- Sebastian Henao Gomez
- Salvatore Puccio
- Christopher Sutton
With Wiggins riding for his own team and Froome a part of Team Sky, this year Team GB is made up of cyclists who have previously ridden for Britain’s U-23 and Junior teams, including Scott Davies who was Britain’s U-23 National Time Trial Champion in 2014, Matthew Gibson and Yorkshire’s own Gabriel Cullaigh.
The Tour de Yorkshire will be a great opportunity for these cyclists to test themselves against some of the world’s best riders.
The eight riders riding for the Team GB in the Tour de Yorkshire are:
- Germain Burton
- Gabriel Cullaigh (from Yorkshire)
- Scott Davies
- Matthew Gibson
- Jake Kelly
- Christopher Latham
- Mark Stewart
- Oliver Wood (from Yorkshire)
Founded in 2004, JLT Condor primarily rides in senior professional and second-tier events, as well as Grand Tours and UCI ProTours, such as the UCI Europe Tour and UCI track programme.
More recently, the team have cycled to success with wins at the Tour du Loir et Cher, Tour de Normandie and European Track Championships.
The team boasts plenty of cycling talent with young riders supporting double Olympic and multiple World champion, Edward Clancy, former National Road Race champion Kristian House, and consistent performer Graham Briggs.
The eight riders at the Tour de Yorkshire for JLT Condor are:
- Graham Briggs (from Yorkshire)
- Edward Clancy (from Yorkshire)
- Mike Cuming
- Felix English
- Luke Grivell-Mellor
- Richard Handley
- Kristian House
- Thomas Moses (from Yorkshire)
Founded in 1996, Cofidis is one of the longest running teams taking part in the Tour de Yorkshire.
Cofidis is known for their inconsistent performance throughout the years - after they finished as the top team in the Tour de France in 1998, the team lost key riders like Julich and Vandenbroucke, which resulted in a dip in performance.
Although David Moncoutie won Bastille Day in both the 2004 and 2005 Tour de France, other results were sparse following 1998.
This year it was announced that 2014’s Giro d’Italia Points classification winner, Nacer Bouhanni, had been signed to Cofidis, alongside Dominique Rollin and Geoffrey Soupe. Are these the riders Cofidis need to bring back the glory?
The eight riders for Cofidis in the Tour de Yorkshire are:
- Yoann Bagot
- Loïc Chetout
- Nicolas Edet
- Romain Hardy
- Christophe Laporte
- Rudy Molard
- Stéphane Rossetto
- Julien Simon
Cult Energy Pro Cycling
Founded in 2000, Cult Energy Pro Cycling have a consistent performance record from 2004 to date, winning various stages at Tours, including the Tour du Maroc, Tour de Normandie and Tour du Loir et Cher.
This year the team have signed some new riders, including Linus Gerdeman, six-time Swedish time trial champion Gustav Larsson and Yorkshire’s very own Russell Downing who will all be racing the Tour de Yorkshire.
Cult Energy Pro Cycling’s eight riders for the Tour de Yorkshire are:
- Russell Downing (from Yorkshire)
- Linus Gerdeman
- Karel Hnik
- Gustav Larsson
- Romain Lemarchand
- Martin Mortensen
- Rasmus Christian Quaade
- Joel Zangerle
ONE Pro Cycling
A new team on the scene, ONE Pro Cycling is made up of primarily British cyclists, including Pete Williams and George Harper.
Although their official launch was only in February this year, the team have secured several victories that suggest they might succeed in their aim to join the UCI WorldTour within five years.
Their wins so far include the Clayton Spring Classic, Severn Bridge Road Race and Primavera Road Race.
ONE Pro Cycling’s eight riders for the Tour de Yorkshire are:
- George Atkins
- Yanto Barker
- Marcin Bialoblocki
- George Harper
- Josh Hunt
- Jonathan Mould
- Chris Opie
- Peter Williams
Founded in 2005, it wasn’t until 2008 that Team Giant-Alpecin produced a significant performance as they applied ‘aggressive’ strategies during Paris-Nice, which rewarded them with a wildcard for the 2009 Tour de France.
The team had a successful year in 2012, and after they received their second wildcard to the Tour de France, it was announced that they would be competing at WorldTour level in 2013.
From then on, the team have continued to perform and consistently secured victories at various stages, including the Tour of Oman, Paris-Nice and Tour of Britain.
So far this year, the team have ridden to victory in several races, including:
- People’s Choice Classic, Marcel Kittel
- Paris-Roubaix, John Degenkolb
- Tour du Haut Var - Stage 2, Luka Mezgec
The eight riders for Team Giant-Alpecin at the Tour de Yorkshire are:
- Lawson Craddock
- Bert de Backer
- Caleb Fairly
- Marcel Kittel
- Fredrik Ludvigsson
- Ramon Sinkeldam
- Tom Stamsnijder
- Lars Van Der Haar
Although IAM Cycling have only been on the scene for two years, they have already made their mark in the world of cycling and were quickly granted a wildcard to their first Grand Tour last year - the Tour de France.
This year will be their first full season at WorldTour level following Matteo Pelucchi’s WorldTour win at stage two of the Tirreno-Adriatico in 2014.
The eight riders for IAM Cycling in the Tour de Yorkshire are:
- Thomas Degand
- Stephan Danifl
- Sondre Holst Enger
- Simon Pellaud
- Matteo Pelucchi
- Vicente Reynes
- Aleksejs Saramotins
- Jonas Van Genechten
Team Lotto NL-Jumbo
Since its formation in 1984, Team Lotto NL-Jumbo have entered every Tour de France and, since the introduction of divisions in 1998, have always been placed in the first division.
In this time, the team have won several Classics, including the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Tours and Milan - San Remo, with Erik Dekker taking a UCI World Cup win in 2001.
The team’s riders at the Tour de Yorkshire are:
- Moreno Hofland
- Steven Kruijswijk
- Barry Markus
- Mike Teunissen
- Maarten Tjallingii
- Nicky Van Der Linke
- Robert Wagner
- Maarten Wynants
Managed by former cycling professional and national champion, Roger Hammond, Madison Genesis focus on competing in only senior professional events in the United Kingdom and Europe - as well as Grand Tours and the UCI ProTour.
The team have had good success with its riders bringing home victories at the Elite Circuit Series in 2013, UCI Track World Cups in 2013 and 2014, and winning Overall Tour of the Reservoir and Tour Series - Canary Wharf in 2014.
The eight riders for Madison Genesis in the Tour de Yorkshire are:
- Matt Cronshaw
- Liam Holohan (from Yorkshire)
- James McLaughlin
- Mark McNally
- Mike Northey
- Erick Rowsell
- Tom Scully
- Tom Stewart (from Yorkshire)
Another new team on the block, NFTO or ‘Not For The Ordinary’ was formed by Yorkshire businessman John Wood. The team is made up of primarily British riders, with the exception of Steele Von Hoff and Eddie Dunbar.
NFTO have achieved many victories in their short career and were officially ranked the number one British team last year.
So far the team have made a modest start to this year, with wins including the Jock Wadley Memorial Road Race, Duncan Sparrow Road Race and Chorley GP.
The eight riders in the Tour de Yorkshire for NFTO are:
- Tom Barras (from Yorkshire)
- Ian Bibby
- Eddie Dunbar
- Samuel Harrison
- James Lowsley-Williams
- Jonathan Mcevoy
- Robert Partridge
- Steele Von Hoff
Team Raleigh GAC
Since its foundation in 2010, Team Raleigh GAC have continued to grow and make an impact in senior professional events in the UK and Europe, as well as Grand Tours and UCI ProTour races.
Although they have lost great riders like Graham Briggs, this hasn’t stopped the team’s progression as they have since won several Tour Series and UCI Track World Cups. Last year the team won a World Track Championship with Morgan Kneisky.
The riders for Team Raleigh GAC in the Tour de Yorkshire are:
- Calvin Beneke
- Karol Domagalski
- Morgan Kneisky
- Steven Lampier
- Samuel Lowe
- Bradley Morgan
- Evan Oliphant
- Ian Wilkinson
Team Roompot Oranje Peloton
Team Roompot Oranje Peloton is a new Pro-Continental Cycling Team made up of all Dutch riders.
Although they haven’t had long to make an impression on the cycling community, with promising riders like Johnny Hoogerland, Reinier Honig and Michel Kreder, is this the team’s chance to upset the odds?
Riding for Team Roompot Oranje Peloton at the Tour de Yorkshire are:
- Berden De Vries
- Huub Duijn
- Dylan Groenwegen
- Wesley Kreder
- Andre Looij
- Ivar Slik
- Etienne Van Empel
- Sjoerd Van Ginneken
Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
Founded in 1994, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise is made up of all Belgium riders.
Although they only participate in UCI ProTour events when selected as a wildcard, they are not short of wins in other events. Most recently, the team have ridden to victory in at the Paris-Tours, Tour de Wallonie and IWT.
Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise’s eight riders at the Tour de Yorkshire are:
- Amaury Capiot
- Moreno De Pauw
- Tim Declercq
- Jonas Rickaert
- Thomas Sprengers
- Stijn Steels
- Gijs Van Hoecke
- Pieter Vanspeybrouck
BMC Racing Team
Founded in 2006, the BMC Racing Team has ridden to victory in a number of prestigious cycling events, including the Tour de France in 2011.
Their success means that the team, which was ranked second in the world in 2014, have attracted high performing cyclists this year, including Philippe Gilbert and Samuel Sanchez.
Already in 2015, team member Rohan Dennis has set a new world hour record of 52.491km. Is this just the start of a winning year?
The eight riders for the BMC Racing Team in the Tour de Yorkshire are:
- Marcus Burghardt
- Klaas Lodewyck
- Joseph Rosskopf
- Samuel Sanchez
- Manuel Senni
- Dylan Teuns
- Greg Van Avermaet
- Rick Zabel
After his departure from Team Sky late last year, Sir Bradley Wiggins founded his own team that is comprised of elite riders including 2012 Olympic and World Team pursuit champion Steven Burke and Scottish Cyclo-cross and XC Champion Iain Paton.
This is the beginnings of Wiggins’ return to the track, with Burke, Christian, Tennant, Doull and Dibben all looking to join Wiggins in the 4km team pursuit in the 2016 Olympics.
The eight riders for Team Wiggins in the Tour de Yorkshire are:
- Steven Burke
- Mark Christian
- Jonathan Dibben
- Owain Doull
- Christopher Lawless
- Daniel Patten
- Andrew Tennant
- Bradley Wiggins
MTN - Qhubeka
After receiving their first Grand Tour wildcard for the 2014 Vuelta a Espana, MTN - Qhubeka were one of the 22 teams who were invited to participate in this year’s Tour de France.
As well as being regular winners of South Africa’s Road Race Championships and Time Trial Championships, MTN - Qhubeka have secured stage victories at various other Tours, such as the Tour of Britain and Tour of Austria.
The team have started 2015 off well with wins at the Tour de Langkawi and South Africa Road Race Championships.
The eight riders for MTN - Qhubeka in the Tour de Yorkshire are:
- Matt Brammeier
- Gerald Ciolek
- Stephen Cummings
- Nicolas Dougall
- Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin
- Daniel Teklehaimanot
- Johann van Zyl
- Jaco Venter
Since its creation in 1984, Team Europcar has been drifting in and out of top-level competition, dedicating themselves mostly to French races.
In 2010, the team made appearances at various grand tours and left several stages victorious despite their relegation in 2009. From here the team continued to perform, winning stages in Paris-Nice and securing a white jersey title in the 2011 Tour de France.
The team have been showing promise, with consistent stage winnings over the last year - but will they ride to victory in the Tour de Yorkshire?
Team Europcar’s eight riders are:
- Giovanni Bernaudeau
- Thomas Boudat
- Dan Craven
- Cyril Gautier
- Tony Hurel
- Yannick Martinez
- Bryan Nauleau
- Thomas Voeckler
Stage One is a 174km route through coastal scenery and iconic landscapes, from Bridlington to Scarborough.
The riders will cycle along Flamborough Head Heritage Coast through to the North York Moors National Park, before passing through Dalby Forest.
From here, they will head back towards the coast towards Whitby and then south to Robin Hood’s Bay where they will take on a testing hill. This will lead onto the final leg of the race along the seafront to Scarborough.
The route will challenge riders with a combination of terrains, including coasts, forests and moors.
If you want to watch Stage One of the Tour de Yorkshire, there are three Spectator Hubs to look out for:
- Pickering: With a capacity of around 10,000 people, this is an ideal location to catch the first half of Stage One and the exciting 33m sprint through Pickering.
- The Moors National Park Centre: Watch the race live on a big screen and enjoy a range of cycling activities.
- Whitby: Cheer on a second sprint of 51m as the riders enter Whitby, or catch them as they tackle the challenging 1.5km climb at Côte de Robin Hood’s Bay, just before the final stretch towards Scarborough.
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Points of Interest/Activities
If you’re going to watch Stage One live, take this opportunity to enjoy the attractions in the area:
Situated on a cliff only a short climb from Whitby town, Whitby Abbey is rich in history and offers amazing views, making it the perfect place to visit whilst you’re in the area.
With a climb of 199 steps, it’s a great place to view the race!
With a prominent position in the old village of Robin Hood’s Bay, Swell Café is the place to go if you want to take in the attractive village and stunning sea views, whilst enjoying a drink and waiting for the riders to approach the testing hill.
Dalby Forest Visitor Centre
If you’re spending the weekend in Scarborough, the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre has everything you need; from walk and cycle trails to scheduled activities in the area.
This eco-friendly visitor centre is only a short way from the finish line of Stage One, so why not head over after the race and enjoy a meal in their Treetops Restaurant?
Stage Two moves away from the coast as the riders cycle another 174km route from Selby to York.
Riders will be able to take in the Yorkshire Wolds as they head from Selby towards Market Weighton.
From here, they will cycle onto Beverley before turning north towards Malton where they will be tested with a 72m sprint before a gruelling 1.1km climb at 6.2%.
From Malton, they will continue onto Stamford Bridge before they enter the dramatic finish and ride a circuit of York to the finish line.
Watch Stage Two of the race from Norton-on-Derwent and enjoy an unforgettable atmosphere, street food and entertainment.
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Points of Interest/Activities
Watching Stage Two live? If you have time before or after the race, check out these local attractions:
Known as the Hidden Gem of Yorkshire, get to know the history of the local area by visiting Selby Abbey - a vibrant part of the local community.
Located near the starting point of Stage Two, you enjoy a perfect view of the start of the race whilst taking in the magnificent heritage of the Abbey.
Although this will be a popular place to watch the race, as it provides an iconic view of the course, this is a must-see attraction if you’re in York.
If you can’t make it to York Minster on race day, we recommend visiting at another time so you can admire the gothic features, medieval stained glass and Heart of Yorkshire.
Pig & Pastry
Indulge in a slice of cake or a warming bowl of soup whilst waiting for the riders to cycle right past your table - to guarantee a seat, we recommend getting there early!
Pig & Pastry is going to be busy, as will the neighbouring cafes and restaurants, as the race route goes straight through Bishopthorpe Road Street. Don’t worry if you don’t manage to get a seat as there will be plenty to enjoy at the Street Party which is on from 12pm - 7pm.
With live music, food, stalls and games, be a part of the amazing atmosphere the riders push onto their final leg.
Just a short walk from Bishopthorpe Road, once you’ve seen the cyclists race to the finish line, head over to Rowntree Park for an afternoon of entertainment, including children’s play facilities and a range of stalls.
Alternatively, spend the day here and catch all the action on the big screens.
York Designer Outlet
If you’re staying in York for the full weekend, head over to York Designer Outlet!
Between 8am and 7.30pm there will be a range of entertainment, including a Parisian tavern, vintage stalls, craft activities and a fairground. This is the perfect way to end a great weekend!
An iconic stage where riders return to some of the roads used in the 2014 Yorkshire Grand Départ, Stage Three is a 167km route from Wakefield to Leeds.
Riders will cycle south to Barnsley and over to Holmfirth where they will relive the Grand Depart (in reverse); after cyclists race to Ripponden, climbing two demanding hills, they will head towards Cragg Vale - the country’s longest continual descent (the longest continual climb for the Tour de France athletes).
From here the competitors will cycle to Hebden Bridge, passing the cobbled streets of Haworth and moving onto a tough climb at Goose Eye and another climb up the Cow & Calf. Finally, the riders will be tested by a 159m sprint at Athrington towards the finish line in Roundhay Park.
If you want to watch Stage Three of the Tour de Yorkshire, there are two key Spectator Hubs:
- Manygates: Get involved in a variety of cycling themed activities whilst watching the race on the big screen.
- Ilkley Cow & Calf: This is the perfect spot to catch the riders push themselves through an iconic climb as they near closer to the finish line of the final stage.
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Points of Interest/Activities
After reliving the Grand Départ, why not visit some of these local attractions:
As the host to the Cyclo-Cross World Championships in 1992, Roundhay Park is no stranger to cycling events. Rich with cycling history, the area will be alive with a great atmosphere as spectators watch the final stage come to an end.
With over 700 acres of parkland, gorgeous lakes and stunning gardens, the park is not only a great spot to catch the riders push to the finish line, but a perfect place to spend the day.
The Fleece Inn
After enjoying a hearty meal at The Fleece Inn in Haworth, head over to the race route and watch as the teams push themselves up the gruelling Goose Eye hill.
After the riders have raced past wander over to Haworth village, which will be alight with cycling enthusiasm, and get lost in the enchanting yet rugged charm that inspired the Brontës.
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