Richmond Tour de Yorkshire start will be ‘best ever’

A map of stage three of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire.

Community leaders in Richmondshire say they want the Tour de Yorkshire start in Richmond to be the best ever.

Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation announced on Thursday that the race will start from the market town on day three – Saturday, May 5.

And the riders will return to Richmondshire the following day as they enter the final stages of the race.

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This is a massive event for Richmondshire – to get the race coming through our district on not one but two of the four days is incredible,” said district council leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.

We have already started planning for the event. We aim to make the start in Richmond the best ever – a start to be remembered .

“We intend to make sure everyone attending – riders, local residents and visitors – has the best experience.

The riders are going to pass through some of the most beautiful parts of Yorkshire and take in some twists and turns along the way.

“It is also the first time riders have gone through our military base, which is an important element of the Richmondshire economy.”

A map of stage 4.

Nick Cotton, member champion for recreation management at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said:  “I am really looking forward to seeing the Tour de Yorkshire come back to the National Park and taking on some challenging climbs.

“During Stage Four the cyclists will be coming into the national park in Embsay and climbing over Embsay Moor – a King of the Mountains climb – with great views out over the surrounding area. Then they will travel up Wharfedale to Kettlewell with a sprint at Kilnsey.

“Beyond Kettlewell is another King of the Mountains – Park Rash – parts of which are as steep as anything I’ve ever ridden in Britain, before a narrow technical run down Coverdale.

“We will be working with local communities to ensure that disruption is minimised and that this fantastic event can be celebrated and enjoyed.

“We are also working with Welcome to Yorkshire and the district councils to bring roadshow events to Kettlewell and Coverdale so that local people can get more information and find out how to be involved.”

The race starts from Richmond with a ceremonial ride through the town, heading into Catterick Garrison for its official start – the riders then travel through Bellerby to Leyburn before doubling back towards Bedale, travelling through Northallerton and Thirsk and on to a finish on Scarborough’s seafront.

It comes back into Richmondshire on Sunday May 6 on its final day route from Halifax to Leeds when riders will take in Park Rash, a narrow decent into Coverdale passing the Forbidden Corner and Middleham before leaving the district close to Kirby Malzeard.

The race has been extended to four days next year – the first time in its four year history with Richmond joined by Beverley, Doncaster, Ilkley, Halifax, Scarborough, Barnsley and Leeds as host towns. It takes place from May 3 – 6.