In just a few years, the Tour de Yorkshire has gone from scenic tribute to the Grand Depart to a fully-fledged world-famous cycling competition. 2019’s event has even been promoted to hors catégorie (HC) status, the highest for a multi-stage race which is not part of the WorldTour.
So, needless to say, you’re going to want to visit Yorkshire after watching all the action. But why wait? We’re highlighting some of the best places in ‘God’s Own Country’ to get an eyeful of the action. Here are the best places to watch the Tour de Yorkshire 2019, between 2nd and 5th May.
After featuring in 2018’s event, Bedale gets its own starring role in the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire, offering a warm welcome to the men’s race riders on stage 2 and the women’s race riders on their first day.
This gorgeous Georgian market town offers cobbled streets, cute shops and amazing cafes to complement the fantastic reception for riders. The Wensleydale railway runs through the town too so you can be in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and reach the beautiful Bolton Castle in no time at all!
Riders can enjoy a refined experience in well-heeled Harrogate. A Victorian Spa town, pleasure-seekers have long visited in search of rest and relaxation. It is without a doubt one of the highlights on day two of the event. Cycling fans – and competitors – will also be able to get a sneak peek at the route being used in the 2019 UCI Road World Championships taking place in September.
Then it’s off to enjoy the town’s many charms. Visit Bettys tearooms in its 100th birthday year, take a stroll on the Stray, 200 acres of grass parkland, and then visit the famous spa for some relaxation. The surrounding area is filled with stunning scenery and brilliant walks, so it really is an amazing all-round place to watch the action.
For seaside scenery and cycling, look no further! Stage 3 of the men’s race and the climax of the women’s race is a coastal dash, beginning in Bridlington and winding its way north before heading back down south to Scarborough.
Scarborough itself is a lovely seaside resort with stunning scenery and beautiful beaches. There’s plenty of history to enjoy with a castle and museum, and lots more traditional charms to explore with amusement arcades, ice creams and more!
Stage 4 of the men’s race takes in some of Yorkshire’s toughest climbs – so much so that it has been called the ‘Yorkshire Classic’.
The reception to visitors is a little gentler. Winner of the prestigious ‘Purple Flag’ award for its entertainment and hospitality, Halifax offers plenty to do when you’re not watching the riders set off. Families will love the Eureka! National Children’s Museum and the recently re-opened Grade I listed Piece Hall offers a gorgeous, timeless setting.
This is where it all finishes on Day 4. The historic heart of Yorkshire – and one of Lonely Planet’s top ten ‘Best in Europe 2017’ destinations, the city of Leeds needs little introduction but is awash with fantastic surprises.
Here you will find brilliant shopping, a thriving cultural scene, loads of wonderful museums and so much more. The city’s Millennium Square hosted an event village in 2018 with several days or entertainment, and we expect no less of a warm welcome in 2019!