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IN 2014, THE UK county of York­shire had the priv­i­lege to show it­self off to the world by host­ing the open­ing stages of the Tour de France. An es­ti­mated 4.5 mil­lion peo­ple lined the road­side and around the world TV screens filled liv­ing rooms with colour and rac­ing that re­flects a part of Eng­land steeped in cy­cling his­tory. Af­ter all, th­ese are the roads on which Tom Simp­son and, in more re­cent times, Lizzie Ar­mis­tead honed their craft.

Fol­low­ing on from this suc­cess, the Tour de York­shire was born; a three-stage UCI road race tak­ing place from 29 April to 1 May, 2016. For cy­cling fans it’s a time of year that fills the void be­tween the great Euro­pean rac­ing clas­sics, such as Paris Roubaix and Flan­ders, and the wait for the ma­jor tours to start in the sum­mer.

Ac­cord­ing to Sir Gary Ver­ity, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Wel­come to York­shire, the Tour de York­shire has all the in­gre­di­ents to make it the best three-day race in the world. “Each stage is like a clas­sic in it­self, of­fer­ing cy­cling fans epic rac­ing from the rolling York­shire dales to the cob­bled streets of Don­caster,” he boasted while at­tend­ing our very own Tour Down Un­der. “At this years race, start­ing on the 29th of April, there will be no short­age of cy­cling ta­lent on dis­play; Bradley Wig­gins and his team are al­ready signed up to make an ap­pear­ance.”

The Tour do York­shire will be a must for any

The Tour de York­shire prom­ises to be­come an all-time clas­sic road race.

cy­cling fan, in­sists Sir Gary. “You can base your­self in one spot, which can be in­land or on the coast, and with the size of the county be­ing rel­a­tively small, it’ll be easy to travel to see pro­fes­sional rac­ing on each of the three days,” he says.

So what bet­ter way get out into the coun­try­side on your bike and see a world-class sport­ing event? I hear they have good pubs that wel­come cy­clists too.

Ian Boswell of Team Sky fronts the peloton up the cob­ble­stones at Ha­worth dur­ing last year’s stage 3.

Sir Gary, en­joy­ing dryer roads and tak­ing on the Tour Down Un­der Bupa Chal­lenge in Jan­uary.

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