Leeds has been announced as host city for the 2018 edition of the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride. The sportive will take place on 6 May alongside the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire pro race, details of which were also revealed today at a launch event in Halifax this morning.

The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire Ride will start and finish in Leeds.
The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire Ride will start and finish in Leeds.

Next year will see the fourth edition of the popular Tour de Yorkshire Ride. Three route distances will be on offer, with 6,000 amateur cyclists gathering to ride some of the county's most iconic roads just hours before the Tour de Yorkshire reaches its conclusion.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive 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 three routes on offer will be suitable for all abilities and anyone taking part is sure to have an amazing experience."

Nick Rusling, CEO of the sportive organisers Human Race, said: "The sportive riders will get to cycle on the same day, same roads, with the same crowds and finish line, as the pros - in Yorkshire. What could be better?

"The last time we came to Leeds entry places sold out within a week and we can't wait to come back. We will be there to give everyone a medal at the end."

Full route details for the sportive will be announced when general entries open on Tuesday 9 January. If you're keen to guarantee a place before then, you can sign up now and opt to fundraise for one of eight charities.

Find out more at http://letour.yorkshire.com/sportive.