Tour de Yorkshire 2017 will zoom through Skipton High Street
The spectacular Tour de Yorkshire cycle race will visit Craven again next year, it has been announced today.
Stage Three of the 2017 race, taking place on Sunday April 30, will travel through Bolton Abbey, Barden, Burnsall, Linton, Cracoe, Rylstone, down Skipton High Street, and on to Farnhill and Silsden before heading off through Haworth and Leeming, into South Yorkshire and finishing in Fox Valley, Sheffield.
The stage has been named 'The Yorkshire Terrier' as this will be the toughest stage in the history of the Tour de Yorkshire, covering 194.5km with eight categorised climbs.
Earlier this year, Stage One of the 2016 race finished in Settle, where huge crowds greeted some of the best cyclists in the world.
Paul Shevlin, chief executive of Craven District Council, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for us to show the world again the very best of Craven. I'm delighted that we've been chosen again to be a part of this great event - it's a tribute to the investment we've put into the Tour de Yorkshire and cycling in the district.
"The Tour de France in 2014, the Tour de Yorkshire in Settle this year and Skipton Cycle Races in 2015 and 2016 have made Craven famous for cycling across the world.
"It's brilliant that once again our local economy will benefit from worldwide television coverage and an influx of spectators from far and wide."
The route through Craven will be controlled by a rolling road closure to minimise disruption to residents and visitors.
Councillor Chris Harbron, Leader of Skipton Town Council, said: "News of the Tour coming through the heart of Skipton will bring back some great memories of the Tour de France and, as the race coincides with our traditional Waterway Festival event, we can look forward to what will now be an extra special bank holiday weekend for the town."
The full route for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire was unveiled at the Impressions Gallery in Bradford on Friday December 2. For more information on the routes go to Tour de Yorkshire 2017 - the route
Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity led a packed press conference with the Amaury Sport Organisation's Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme. Scott Thwaites was one of many star riders in attendance along with Yorkshire cycling legends such as Brian Robinson, Malcolm Elliott and Denise Burton-Cole.
Sir Gary Verity said: "I can't wait to see the world's best riders tackling these routes. We've worked hard to design a course which showcases Yorkshire's stunning scenery as well as delivering a thrilling sporting event.
"Last year the race attracted 2 million spectators and generated £60 million for the local economy, and we'll go from strength to strength again next year.
Christian Prudhomme said: "I always enjoy coming to Yorkshire and the county certainly knows how to put on a show. I am excited by what this year's route has in store and am sure it will provide three days of fantastic racing."
The third edition of the race takes place between 28 and 30 April 2017. It encompasses all four corners of the county and takes in Yorkshire's two UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Fountains Abbey and Saltaire.
Stage One of the race, 'The Coast and Wolds' will cover 173km from Bridlington to Scarborough, on Friday April 28.
Stage Two has been named 'Historic Market Towns' and will travel 122.5km from Tadcaster to Harrogate on Saturday April 29.
Amateur cyclists will also get the chance to ride key sections of the third stage just hours before the pros, with three routes of varying difficulty for the 2017 Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride sportive. Each one starts and finishes at Fox Valley Sheffield on Sunday 30 April, and full details on how to participate can be found at http://letour.yorkshire.com/sportive
Sir Gary Verity said: "One of the things I most enjoy about cycling is that you can ride the same roads as the pros, and what better way to do so than with top-class support and thousands of other cyclists joining you along the way. The routes have been designed to cater for riders of all abilities and finishing on the same line as the pros is an amazing experience."
Nick Rusling, CEO of the sportive organisers Human Race, said: "As an amateur rider, this sportive offers a unique chance to experience the same phenomenal support that the pros will receive only a few hours later. Yorkshire's love of cycling is being brought to life for you to experience first-hand. Because of this the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride always proves a hugely-popular event so I'd advise entering quickly."
Official Tour de Yorkshire Charity - Alzheimer's Society
Alzheimer's Society has also been confirmed as the official charity for the third edition of the Tour de Yorkshire.
The news will signal the start of a range of fundraising initiatives throughout 2017 which aim to raise awareness of the great work the organisation does to care and support people affected by dementia.
Sir Gary Verity said: "We are proud to be partnering with the Alzheimer's Society for this year's Tour de Yorkshire. They deliver an invaluable service across Yorkshire and the UK, and the race provides a great platform for the Alzheimer's Society to fundraise and raise awareness. We will be supporting them wholeheartedly over the next 12 months."
Michael Dent, Director of Fundraising at Alzheimer's Society, said: "Alzheimer's Society are thrilled to have been selected to be the official charity partner of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire. This fantastic event will give us the opportunity to raise awareness of dementia across Yorkshire and the whole of the UK, where over 850,000 people are currently living with dementia.
"Funds raised will help support our vital work in medical and social research, advice and support and campaigning. We also look forward to engaging new audiences with our Dementia Friendly initiatives, which help make life better for all those affected by dementia in our communities."
Full details on the great work Alzheimer's Society do can be found at http://alzheimers.org.uk
More information on Bike Libraries can be found at http://bikelibraries.yorkshire.com
To apply to be considered as a Tour Maker visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TourMakers2017
The official Tour de Yorkshire website can be found at www.letouryorkshire.com