When does the Tour de Yorkshire start and what is the route?
Forget the Tour de France. The wheel event is happening soon, right here in the UK, specifically in glorious Yorkshire.
Oh yes. The third Tour De Yorkshire is kicking off in a matter of days, and its going to be a four-day race for the first time ever.
Whats the start date? Where does the route begin and how many stages are there? Heres what we know.
Sponsored by Asda, the 2018 race begins in Beverley on Thursday 3 May. It will end in Leeds on Sunday 6 May.
There will be four stages, with eight start and finish locations:
- Beverley to Doncaster
- Barnsley to Ilkley
- Richmond to Scarborough
- Halifax to Leeds
This excellent map shows just where the route goes over all four stages of the race.
The womens race will take place on Thursday and Friday over part of the first two stages of the race between Beverley and Ilkley.
Streets of Yorkshire towns will be lined with supporters greeting the cyclists, though the vast majority of the route is through gorgeous countryside, including the Dales.
Two million spectators turned up to see the race in 2017.
The Tour de Yorkshire was inspired by the success of the Tour de Frances visit to the county in 2014, organised by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the same company that runs the Yorkshire race now.
So far, the race has been won by a Norwegian, a Frenchman and a German last year – Serge Pauwels.
The Tour de Yorkshire is a great boon for the county as it made £50 million, £60 million and £64 million in its first three years.
Around 9.7 million checked out the coverage of the race last year on telly as well.