Yorkshire shot to fame in 2014 when the region hosted the first two stages of the world’s most prestigious cycling race – the Tour de France. UK cycling fans rejoiced as this was Yorkshire’s chance to shine on the world stage and it did not disappoint… More than 1 million people turned out to watch at the roadside, royalty started the race, the Red Arrows made an appearance, the sun shone and the racing action came thick and fast from the start.

After this success, the Tour de Yorkshire was launched in 2015 and is now regarded as one of the biggest and best supported races in the UK.

Tour de Yorkshire:  3 - 6 May 2018

This year, the Tour de Yorkshire will be bigger and better than ever before – attracting many big-name riders showcasing even more glorious Yorkshire countryside over 4 fantastic days. This includes a 2-day women’s race. It has 4 stages;

Stage 1 – Beverley to Doncaster
Stage 2 – Barnsley to Ilkley
Stage 3 – Richmond to Scarborough
Stage 4 – Halifax to Leeds

Find the route: https://letour.yorkshire.com/

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire says:

‘We will see some of the very best cyclists in the world competing on  Yorkshire’s roads to become the next champions. We will see female cyclists given complete parity with the men. We will see hundreds of journalists from across the globe descending on Yorkshire to not only report on the thrilling racing but also the incredible crowds and atmosphere the race attracts. And that’s where that positive beacon shines high and bright.’

Why cycle in Yorkshire?

The Yorkshire Dales is one of the finest landscapes in the country with quality cycling to be had along a seemingly endless network of quiet country lanes and dramatic climbs over the wild dales, with barely a flat road to ride.

The whole area provides fabulous cycling opportunities for all from gentle routes in the valleys to some challenging climbs over the moorland that separates them. From the wild and remote northern Dales to the rolling farmland in the east, the cycling is always memorable for the fantastic scenery and beautiful villages along the way.

Find your route: https://cyclethedales.org.uk/

A perfect cycling holiday destination…

Whether you’re a keen cyclist or enjoy the occasional bike ride at the weekend, Yorkshire is the perfect destination for a cycling holiday to suit every ability. Cycling is green, cycling is healthy and everybody is at it.

There are many routes for all abilities around North Yorkshire, including the Tour de France Special Edition routes that they used back in 2014 as well as plenty to do and see on route with plenty of magnificent scenery and lots of pubs and cafes to stop off for a well-deserved piece of cake or a pint of locally brewed beer.

Holiday at Home has many self-catering luxury cottages and lakeside lodges to stay in across North Yorkshire; the ideal destination for any cycling holiday. Bikes are also available to hire complimentary at some of the properties if you want to give it a go when you arrive!

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