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The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire will see the race coming through our area again – twice! Stage 3 of the race passes just north of Masham, through Bedale on Saturday 5th May. And, as the mens race has been extended to four stages this year, the 4th Stage will take place on Sunday 6th May with riders starting in Halifax and ending in Leeds after riding through the picturesque towns and villages of the Ripon & Nidderdale area.
As in past years there are bound to be lots of surprises and excitement along the way. The 2016 Tour de Yorkshire saw Sir Bradley Wiggins unexpectedly pull out of the race on Greenhow Hill coming out of Pateley Bridge, while the 2014 Tour De France: Grand Depart race saw Mark Cavendish crash just before reaching the finish line in Harrogate. One thing is certain though…Yorkshire will put on a good celebration! There was a huge turn out for the race last year, with local communities getting into the spirit of the day and putting on great events and fun activities. In the upcoming months, Mumbler will be keeping you up to date with what is going on, the best places to eat, drink and visit along the route. We will also be listing places to stay for anyone visiting our area for the event. If you want to list your business or promote your event please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Route: Stage 3
The race starts in Richmond’s cobbled market place and heads to Catterick Garrison before continuing on to Leyburn and Bedale. After this the riders will go to Morton on Swale for the first sprint towards Northallerton and Thirsk and the North York Moors with a climb up Sutton Bank. The race will pass through Helmsley and on to Pickering for another sprint. The second climb will be the Côte de Silpho before they head towards the end of the third stage in Scarborough via Filey. Once in Scarborough, the route will take them along South Bay, around the castle walls, and on to North Bay.
The Route: Stage 4
Stage 4 will start in Halifax with the first climb being the Côte de Hebden Bridge. They will head into Craven, on into Skipton and up onto Barden Moor. Once into the Dales the riders will face a sprint near Kilnsey Crag. The Côte de Park Rash will provide another gruelling challenge as they then head past Jervaulx towards Masham, past Grewelthorpe out through Kirkby Malzard and Laverton. They will then take on Côte de Greenhow Hill out of Pateley Bridge again. Once out of Nidderdale the riders will head to Otley, up the Côte de Black Hill Road and then into Leeds for the end of the race on The Headrow.
What Else Is On?
As details emerge closer to the time, we will list all the family-friendly activities that will be happening in the towns and villages of Ripon, Nidderdale and Bedale. Follow us on Facebook and check back on this page nearer the time for all the latest updates.
If you’re visting the area why not make the most of your time here and visit some of the beautiful places we have here in North Yorkshire. If you live here, take the chance to vist somewhere new. For ideas on places to go including the world heritage site of Fountains Abbey, have a look at our Days Out page.
They are encouraging schools, businesses, community groups, friends and family to join in with YELLOW YORKSHIRE DAY again this year on Friday 27th April for lots of yellow-themed fun to help raise awareness and funds for the charity.
Click here for more details.
The Welcome to Yorkshire annual land art competition is running again this year for the Tour de Yorkshire. Last year, beautiful land art lined the race route, with a piece of art celebrating the 200th birthday of Branwell Brontë (painter, writer and brother to authors Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte) being the eventual winner after an internation public vote. The piece was commissioned by Andrew Wood from Fields of Vision, and created with the help of children from Haworth Primary School in Airedale.
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:
“Stunning land art is now synonymous with the Tour de Yorkshire and it’s one of the many things that makes our race so special. In no other event do you see these imaginative creations on such a spectacular scale and people around the world love tuning in to see them.”
It’s a great way of celebrating the wonderful area we live in and community groups, schools and businesses are encouraged to join in. For details on how to enter please click here.
The caravan will come through Bedale at about 11.26am with the racers predicted to go start passing through at about 2pm. The caravan will head to Thirsk for 12.44pm with the racers expected at about 2.36pm. All timings are subject to change. For all the latest timings and full details of all villages and towns in the area please click here.
The caravan will pass through Masham (on the A6108) at about 1.26pm with the fastest racers arriving in town at about 3.02pm. The carvaran is predicted in Pateley Bridge at 2.09pm with the race expected to start coing through at 3.34pm. All timings are subject to change. For all the latest timings and full details of all villages and towns in the area please click here.
Most road closures will be rolling road closures managed by local police. However, some areas featuring the climbs, such as Côte de Greenhow and Greenhow village are expected to be closed all day. The council has requested that pedestrians and cyclists not use the race route during the closures.
There will also be parking restrictions along the route and visitors are advised to park off the route of the race and use designated car parks where possible. According to the council, if any cars parked along the route are found to be a major obstruction to the race they will be removed. We will continue to add updates as they become available.
Bedale: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Thirsk: 2pm – 3pm
Masham: 2.30pm – 3.45pm
Kirkby Malzeard: 2.30pm – 3.45pm
Pateley Bridge: 3pm – 4.15pm
Côte de Greenhow: 8am – 5pm
Greenhow Village: 8am – 5pm
Thruscross: 3.20pm – 4.40pm
Blubberhouses: 3.20pm – 4.40pm