Places for 2019 now available at lowest price
On the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire, five thousand amateur riders took to the very same roads, experienced the same roaring crowds, and crossed the same finish line as the professionals. Now in its fourth year, the sell-out Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride - which for 2018 took place in Leeds on Sunday 6th May - saw the most cyclists take part in the sportive since year one. This reflects the growth in popularity of cycling across Yorkshire, the trailblazing county in UK cycling.
Riders of all ages and levels of experience took to the roads from Woodhouse Moor, tackling the long (129km), medium (84km), and short (49km) routes. Heading north from Leeds City Centre, riders passed through Otley, Pately Bridge and at the most northern point Kirkby Malzead, before turning back towards Leeds with eyes on the finish line in Millennium Square.
Expert route designers described the undulating route as “bringing new meaning to the phrase ‘up-hill and down dale’”, and riders were not disappointed. Taking in some of the toughest climbs Yorkshire has to offer including Hartwith Bank, Greenhow Hill and Chevin Bank, the long route delivered a challenging 2059m of vertical climbing.
New for 2018, in partnership with Strava, Black Hill Lane was designated the King & Queen of the Mountain segment. Fastest female, Julia Davies (7:33), and fastest male, Dean Penfold (5:13), were awarded official Le Tour de France polka-dot jerseys. Riders were also able to compare their times against the Pros, who rode the exact same climb later in the day.
Riders were supported with feed stations, stocked with high performance energy products from nutrition partner Optimum Nutrition, there was mechanical support on route from mechanic partner, VONCRANK, and on completing the course, all participants received a finisher’s medal.
Thousands of pounds were also raised by those riders cycling for the official charity partners, including Maggie’s, Alzheimer’s Society, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Prostate Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, and Jane Tomlinson Trust.
“A huge well done to all of the riders who completed this year’s event, it was an absolutely fantastic demonstration of Yorkshire hospitality and passion for cycling.” said Nick Rusling, CEO of Human Race. “It’s amazing to see local crowds, businesses and riders from across the UK, getting out and celebrating this annual festival of cycling, whilst the eyes of the world are on Yorkshire.”
“It’s been a pleasure once again to be headline partner of this iconic event in the UK cycling calendar,” said Mike Biscoe, General Manager, Maserati GB. “It’s amazing to see amateur riders getting the chance to elevate their cycling experience to that of professionals for a day – this really is the UK’s greatest annual cycling spectacle.”
Entries are now open for next year’s event which will take place over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, on Sunday 5 May 2019. The exact location in Yorkshire is yet to be disclosed but will be announced in the Autumn along with the reveal of the professional race route. Three distances will again be available; Short (40-60km), Medium (70-100km) and Long (110-130km).
Riders can take advantage of a pre-route announcement discount and enter at the lowest price available for this iconic sportive. This offer has limited availability, so eager participants should sign up now to avoid missing out. Enter at www.letour.yorkshire.com/tour-de-yorkshire-ride.