Not only is it May Day but 1 May is also very special to Yorkshire in 2015 for another reason, as it’s the first day of the brand new international Tour de Yorkshire cycle race where a large section of the route will pass through Whitby and the Esk Valley.
Places included along the route are: Castleton, Danby, Glaisdale, Egton, Grosmont, Sleights, Briggswath, Whitby town, Hawsker, Robin Hood’s Bay and Fylingthorpe – on the 108 mile route.
This race has been organised following the success of last year’s Grand Depart when Yorkshire became the focus of the eyes of the world during 5 & 6 July 2014. It will again be shown live on TV throughout the UK and across Europe.
Stage 1 starts out in Bridlington, covering 174km of our fantastic and spectacular coastal area and countryside, including the amazing landscapes of the exhilarating North York Moors.
From Bridlington’s starting line the riders will head along the Flamborough Head Heritage Coast and then turn direction into the North York Moors National Park, through Dalby Forest and on towards Pickering. The riders will experience a spectacular journey back to the coast, reaching Whitby, then heading south on to Robin Hood’s Bay (which will be most challenging with the climb out of the ‘Bay’ being 1.5km long with an average gradient of 10.3%), eventually pedalling on down for the ultimate finale – to the finishing line on Scarborough’s seafront.