The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire will see the race coming through Wharfedale again – twice! Stage 2, The Yorkshire Heritage, the Men’s and Women’s races pass through Pool in Wharfedale prior to the Cote de Old Pool Bank, then onto Otley before the TDY’s first ever summit finish at the Cow & Calf in Ilkley on 4th May.
As the Men’s race has been extended for 2018 we are also visited for Stage 4, The Yorkshire Terrier on the 6th May. Arriving in Wharfedale for the brutal Cote de Otley Chevin the route then drops down into Pool in Wharfedale and continues through Arthington before ending in Leeds.
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 and other places to visit in Wharfedale for anyone visiting our area for the event.
The Full Route: Stage 2
The start of stage 2 will loop around Barnsley’s impressive Town Hall before heading towards Silkstone and Penistone. The route briefly skirts the River Don before venturing past Wentworth Castle and into Worsbrough. The first mountains classification points are up for grabs at Blacker Hill. The race will then pass Elsecar Heritage Centre before an intermediate sprint in Swinton. Conisbrough Castle provides another stunning spectacle before the riders continue north where they are sure to receive warm welcomes in Pontefract, Castleford and Garforth before the second intermediate sprint in Scholes. Harewood House makes an appearance prior to the Cote de Old Pool Bank before the route passes through the cycling hotbed of Otley. The race then reaches its first-ever summit finish in Ilkley on the Cow & Calf. With King of the Mountain points on offer right until the end, on to of this iconic Yorkshire climb. *
The Full Route: Stage 4
The Piece Hall in Halifax provides a spectacular location for the start of this decisive final stage. The first of six categorised climbs come on the Cote de Hebden Bridge before the race heads up the famous cobbles of Haworth before dropping into Goose Eye for the next punishing ascent. The route heads past Skipton’s medieval Castle and with the climb of Barden Moor up next. The stage then heads into the Yorkshire Dales, passing Barden Tower before the first sprint in Kilsney. The riders then grind up the Cote de Park Rash, stragglers will seek to rejoin the group on the descent into Middleham. The action continues to Masham and into Nidderdale before making a return to the Cote de Greenhow Hill. The undulating terrain never relents, after passing through Otley the Cote de Otley Chevin awaits. If that wasn’t enough, Black Hill Road must also be tackled before the race sweeps into Leeds where the action reaches a rip-roaring conclusion on The Headrow outside Leeds Town Hall.*
*source Welcome to Yorkshire
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 Wharfedale. 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 Wharfedale. If you live here, take the chance to vist somewhere new. For ideas on places to go have a look at our Days Out page.