Tour de Yorkshire 2018 route announcement

Cycling

ByTheMinCycle

Hello hello! I've been excited to see this route announcement ever since Halifax, my home town, was said to be a host town! The race this year has been extended to 4 days for the men and 2 days for the women!

This route has the usual sharp climbs along with very competitive sprints. Anyway, let's get to the route.

Here is the stage profile of stage 1, Beverley to Doncaster, is a pretty flat stage with a steep kick, Baggaby Hill, in the middle of the stage just outside Pocklington which is the first intermediate sprint. Howden is the other int sprint before making their way to Doncaster. Should be a sprint but a little kick near the end could shake it up!

Here's the overhead shot.

Stage 2 brings a very exciting first for the race. It's a summit finish!! The finish on the Cow and Calf outside Ilkley should make quite a stage! It all starts in the pit town of Barnsley, South Yorkshire!

Above view of the stage! It's a great looking stage and it's safe to say I'm really looking forward to it!

Richmond is the start town of stage 3. It is the usual finish in Scarborough that we have seen in all of the other three TdY's. It will definitely shake thinks up if the wind picks up and it's ridden hard. Plenty of sharp climbs pepper this stage.

The above view. Sutton bank is the first major climb of the day, it could possibly split from there. The Slipho climb with do the big shake out if Sutton doesn't.

Now then, the stage that everyone is raving about. Yes, the first ever stage 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire. 7 categorised climbs and many many more inbetween! Halifax is the start town, I can not wait to see the stage start there! The finish of the whole race will be Leeds.

Côte de Hebden Bridge, or, as the locals (such as myself) call it, Oxenhope Moor or Cock Hill, but they ride it from the Hebden Bridge side. This stage has the goods to split up on the Goose Eye, the 2nd categorised climb of the day, this comes after just 31km of the 189.5km stage, but the open moors will bring tough winds and hard roads.