The Tour de Yorkshire Ride 2020 has launched today, with three new routes revealed - along with this year's official event jersey by Rapha, and a new finisher's medal by artist Mackenzie Thorpe.
This year sees the 6th edition of the Tour de Yorkshire Ride take place on Sunday 3 May. Leeds will once again host the Ride, with five thousand amateur cyclists having the chance to ride key sections of the Tour de Yorkshire's final stage, just hours before the pros.
Over the past five years the Tour de Yorkshire Ride has established itself as one of the top sportives in the country, giving riders the chance to experience large portions of the professional Tour de Yorkshire route each year.
2020 sees the introduction of some changes to the routes: 10km have been added to the long route, including two new climbs to ramp up the challenge level. The old favourites are all there including the infamous Greenhow Hill, but this year riders will also tackle a Tour de Yorkshire favourite in the Cote de Cow and Calf, a famous hill finish at Ilkley from the 2018 Tour.
Three routes will be on offer, long (133km), medium (81km), and short (50km), and riders will once again be pushed along the final kilometres by the fantastic support of the spectators lining the roads of Leeds.
Taking in the Yorkshire Dales and what is now known as some of the most iconic cycling in the UK, all three routes promise stunning scenery as well as challenging hills. Riders will be able to test out their climbing legs on the same climbs and compare themselves against the pros who ride them only hours later. Finally sweeping into Leeds, to soak up the electric atmosphere as they cross the finish line in the heart of the city.
Take home a medal designed by Mackenzie Thorpe
We don't often get excited by sportive medals, but the Tour de Yorkshire Ride medal is a bit special. For the second year it's a custom design by artist and cycling fan Mackenzie Thorpe, featuring three friends tackling the Dales in their Yorkshire Jersey.
Mackenzie's signature heart design sits front and centre, with the Ride logo making this another classic medal for the collectors out there.
There's also a unique event jersey, with event partners Raph unveiling the design of this year's limited edition Tour de Yorkshire Ride jersey. It features the new logo and geometric pattern all in the classic colours of Yorkshire, making a great souvenir from the day.
Explore the routes
Wondering what Yorkshire has in store this year? Check out the routes and course profiles for all three distances below.
Nick Rusling, CEO of the sportive organisers Human Race, says: "It's been six amazing years now where we have been able to offer amateurs the unique chance to ride on the same roads and cross the same finish line as the pros on the last day of the Tour.
"On the Tour de Yorkshire Ride in 2020 we will have seen over 25,000 riders being part of this special occasion over the six years. The Leeds city centre finish is something to cherish forever with huge crowds out cheering you on like you are a real pro. It is truly a unique experience."
Entries for the Tour de Yorkshire Ride are open now. For full details and to book your place, visit letouryorkshire.com/sportive.