A few Fridays ago we were invited to attend the full route launch of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire. The launch itself was in the Impressions Gallery in Bradford city centre. Before the event the start and finish towns had been announced, with our city of Bradford being one of them. This was the day we found out where the race would be starting and finishing over the 3 days, plus the routes in between.
The room was full with standing room only as Sir Gary Verity of Welcome to Yorkshire welcomed everyone to the event. There were some special guests who had been invited, including our friend Ken Russell who won the 1952 Tour of Britain and was born in Bradford. They showed a great video of all the VIP guests in cycling action which was wonderful to see.
Tour de Yorkshire 2017 Stages
Sir Gary then began to announce the race routes, beginning with stage 1. The first stage, on Friday 28th April 2017, starts in Bridlington and finishes in Scarborough.
The second stage, on Saturday 29th April 2017 goes from Tadcaster to Harrogate, finishing on the same route the Grand Depart did a few years ago.
The final stage will leave Bradford, which will be the start on Sunday 30th April 2017. It will head out of the city centre, taking in Saltaire, Haworth and Queensbury before moving south to Fox Valley, Sheffield. This is going to be one tough day for the riders as it has been nicknamed the Yorkshire Terrior!
After the official announcement Christian Prudhomme, the director of the Tour de France spoke. He shared his love of Yorkshire and said it is a matter of “when not if” the Tour de France will come back to Yorkshire. We hope it will be soon after the World Championships in 2019.
We finished with a few photos with the Tour de Yorkshire trophy!
Overall, we had a fantastic morning learning the race route for the Tour de Yorkshire next year. We are so pleased Bradford has been included and we can’t for the race in April!
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