The Tour de Yorkshire makes a triumphant return to our cycling-crazy county at the end of April and we couldn't be more excited. With the last stage of the race set to come to Sheffield, the outdoor city is gearing up for a high-tempo weekend of world-class cycling not seen since the Grand Depart graced our streets back in summer 2014.
This is the first time the Tour de Yorkshire will visit Sheffield in what will be a real high point of the cycling year. The Tour de Yorkshire was set up following the success of the Grand Depart in 2014 as a means of retaining a cycling legacy for Yorkshire and ongoing connection with Le Tour de France.
It's Stage 3 of the race - the final stage - which will sweep into Sheffield on the last day of the Tour weekend, Sunday 30th April. Riders will follow a 194.5km route from Bradford to Fox Valley in Sheffield, taking in the delights of Bolton Abbey, Saltaire, the Dales and Holmfirth before embarking on a gruelling final straight in and around Stocksbridge. This 22km finishing circuit includes than four categorised climbs at Deepcar, the fantastically-named Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height and Midhopestones before the race reaches its climax at Fox Valley. It's sure to rival the highs and lows of Cote de Bradfield and Cote de Jenkin Road in 2014.
If you think you're tough enough to ride the Tour de Yorkshire route yourself, why not register for the sportive on Sunday 30th April which is now open to riders. Based in Sheffield in the Fox Valley, the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride features long, medium and short routes plus a women's cycletta, meaning there's a race for every level of serious road cyclist.
Whether you're planning on taking part or simply spectating, keep checking back here for updates on this year's race action. Expect great things, high drama and a warm Sheffield welcome as the outdoor city gears up for the return of the Tour.