The routes for the 2017 Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride were today unveiled.
Launched in 2015, the third edition of the popular sportive takes place on Sunday 30 April, the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire pro race. Riders can choose from three challenging routes of 45km, 75km or 100km starting at the Fox Valley shopping centre near Sheffield.
Participants will ride many of the same roads as the pros and cross the same finish line just a few hours before the third edition of the Tour de Yorkshire reaches its gripping conclusion. The event is expected to attract over 5,000 cyclists, with entries available from 1pm on Monday 16th January. Riders who pre-register will be given a four-hour priority window to book their places.
This year 45km, 75km and 100km routes are available enabling riders to choose a course that best suits them. The 100km option is undoubtedly the highlight and the organisers say it's the toughest in the event's short history. It features 1,974 metres of climbing and includes a number of testing ascents and descents through stunning landscapes.
Maps and profiles of all three routes are available on the event website: http://letour.yorkshire.com/sportive/map
Sir Gary Verity, chief executive at Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "One of the great and truly unique things about cycling is that you can ride the same roads as the world's best riders, 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 will be an amazing experience."
Nick Rusling, CEO of sportive organisers Human Race, said: "The previous two editions of the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride have been hugely enjoyable, and everything is pointing towards this being the biggest, toughest and most rewarding year yet.
"The routes that have been created are scintillating, and Fox Valley is a wonderful home to host our riders."
Anyone interested in taking part in the 2017 Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride can register their interest now at www.letouryorkshire.com, where entries will open from 1pm on Monday 16th January.
Tour de Yorkshire 2017: route notes
The 100km route starts with a tough early climb up the locally renowned Pea Road Lane before joining the pro route for a section on Hunshelf Hall Lane. After another climb away from Millhouse Green it's a long descent into Holmfirth, well known as the home of BBC's Last of the Summer Wine for 37 years. Riders will then head towards Meltham, requiring them to conquer the hill at Netherthong, before heading through an undulating section featuring the villages of Honley and Farnley Tyas.
During the next part of the route riders will take on another tough uphill section, this time leading to the Emley Moor transmitting station whose tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the UK. Other highlights include a descent to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, passing the spectacular Cannon Hall before visiting Silkstone and Silkstone Common.
Riders then take on the same roads as the professionals again as they go through Wortley and into Deepcar, before they face an epic climb from Ewden Village which is sure to test even the strongest of riders. After a section through Wigtwizzle follows the last notable climb up to Bolsterstone, before the triumphant descent to the finish at Fox Valley.
Shortly after the amateur riders finish, the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire pro race will also conclude at Fox Valley, allowing participants and their supporters to stay and watch the exciting finale first hand.
For more details and to register your interest, visit www.letouryorkshire.com.