Stage 1 named the ‘Coast & Wolds’ starts in Bridlington and finishes in Scarborough.
Stage 2 is the ‘Iconic Market Towns’ route, starting in Tadcaster with a Harrogate finish.
Stage 3 named ‘Yorkshire terrier’ starts in Bradford and finishes at Fox Valley.
Calderdale welcomes the third stage of the race on Sunday April 30th, this time through the lower valley. The race offers 194k of route and 3,500 metres of climbing across eight categorised climbs!
Entering Calderdale from Northowram, the race descends towards Stump Cross before turning right and past Shibden Mill Inn. Cyclists will then make the sharp, steep, cobbled ascent up Lee Lane, more commonly known as Shibden Wall, this 0.8km climb at 15.5% gradient is a beast!.
Some may remember this section of route featured in the 1988 Milk Race and proved so tough that the riders of the 1988 Kellogg’s Tour (Sean Kelly, no less) climbed up on the pavement, resulting in a satisfying Mexican wave of spectators pirouetting off the asphalt and onto the cobbles to watch the thin line, featuring Joey McLoughlin and Yvon Madiot, ride up to the summit.
Cyclists head down towards Halifax, skirt the town and ascend up Beacon Hill Road and out towards Southowram. Riders will then race towards Brighouse, through the town and out through Clifton before entering Kirklees.
http://www.visitcalderdale.com has more info on the event including up to date route timings, road closures and travel information
Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 17:40 PM by Shaun