Following from the massive success from the first ever Yorkshire stages in the 2014 Tour De France. Yorkshire’s own Tour de Yorkshire has returned again for 2017. This three day event will see professional cyclists cycling throughout different parts of Yorkshire. The race will start on the 28th April and will continue until 30th April.
First stages of the race will take part on the East of Yorkshire. Starting at the coastal town of Bridlington, the cyclists will start by heading west, passing through Driffield and Pocklington. They will then have to head north Pickering and Whitby whilst contending a steel elevation at Garrowby Hill. Once they’ve reached Whitby, they’ll then follow through to Robin Hood’s bay before finally finishing at another coastal town of Scarborough. In total, the cyclists would have covered around 173 kilometres (107.5 miles)!
On the second day of the event, the next stage will begin. With a total distance at 122.5 KM (76 miles) this is the shorter route of the three. Starting from Tadcaster, a small village sat between Leeds and York. Cyclists will then head towards Harrogate, whilst passing the Yorkshire Dales are of Nidderdale. This idyllic route will pass through beautiful scenic villages such as Pately Bridge or Masham.
The final stage is their longest. Starting from the Centre of Bradford, they will have a proper tour of the South of Yorkshire. Cyclists will have to cycle north pass through; Ilkley, Addingham and Bolton Abbey. Once passed, they’ll then head towards Skipton and then continue south. Cyclists will then have to contend with different elevations as they go through Halifax, Holmfirth and Penistone. The end of the race and stage will then finish in Fox Valley, Sheffield. Amounting to a very impressive distance of 194.5KM (120 miles).
By the end of the Tour De Yorkshire, most cyclists would have covered around 490KM which amounts to just over 300 miles!
Given the amount of distance the race organisers have to cover, getting around can be a little bit of a nightmare. However, Autohorn Fleet Services, a York based rental and leasing company has stepped in to supply 34 of their own vehicles.
Autohorn, being one of the largest rental companies in the North Yorkshire area, has a 2,000+ strong fleet. Around 90% of these cars were bought from local Yorkshire dealers.
A vast array of exciting vehicles will be supplied (all brand new) ranging from the Mercedes A Class, Audi A6, across to the gigantic Peugeot Boxer Van and even to the luxurious Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. Each car will serve their own unique purpose throughout the race. Be it ferrying passengers around, parking attendants, picking bikes up or carrying road signs.
Sales Director, Scott Jenkins has said “We work with so many both employees and customers who come from all over Yorkshire we’re so proud we got the change to help with something as great as this race. I am really pleased that it has returned again to Yorkshire, as there are so many beautiful spots to showcase whilst the world is watching.”