The Tour De Yorkshire

Posted on April 26, 2016

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The Tour de Yorkshire, one of the most spectacular and well received events in the British sporting calendar, returns for a second year with new routes and new challenges. 

The route will take the 18 teams of eight riders to all four corners of Yorkshire, linking together the county’s sporting, historic, industrial and literary greats.

Stage One begins on Friday 29th April 2016 in Beverley, home to one of England’s finest Minsters, before the peloton races 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, men and women will face exactly the same stage which starts in Otley, home of the current women’s road World Champion Lizzie Armitstead. From Otley riders travel south, on roads not raced on in the Tour de France or Tour de Yorkshire, towards Conisbrough Castle and on to Doncaster.

Stage Three will be familiar to those who raced in 2015, starting in Captain James Cook’s home town of 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.

To celebrate the start of the Tour de Yorkshire this week, we have added our banner with the illustration of the “Bike Race” by Saddleworth artist Kevin Haynes. Kevin’s painting “The Bike Race” was commissioned prior to the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire in 2014.  

To see more of Kevin’s work visit Salford Museum and Art Gallery this Summer where he will be exhibiting his paintings. Kevin will be exhibiting in a joint exhibition alongside David Watson. David worked in the shipyards of Middlesborough and paints his memories of those times. Kevin paints his memories of cotton mills and working people from his childhood. The contrasting styles of the two artists will make for a very interesting show. The exhibition entitled ‘Cotton and Steel’  runs from 9th July until 1st October. The Salford gallery is open 6 days a week, closed on Mondays. For more information about Kevin visit https://kevinhaynespainting.wordpress.com

For more information about the Tour de Yorkshire visit: www.letour.yorkshire.com