ASDA Tour de YORKSHIRE women's race
April 30 th 2018 - 15:25
Yorkshire continues to lead the way when it comes to promoting women’s cycling and 2018 will see the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race increased to two days. The Tour de Yorkshire is proud of its commitment to equality with the entire race televised live. The top female riders from across the world gather in Beverley and Barnsley to compete for one of the most lucrative events in the sport.
Stage 1 – Arts and Culture
The world’s top female riders will set off from the historical market place for the start of this year’s Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race. The peloton loops around the minster, and into the majestic Yorkshire Wolds. Just outside Warter - which was the inspiration for Hockney’s famous Bigger Trees Near Warter – the riders will tackle the Côte de Baggaby Hill which will get the legs pumping before a brisk descent into Pocklington for the opening intermediate sprint. After sweeping through Holme-upon-Spalding Moor the pace will ramp up again for a second sprint in Howden, the route passing its Grade I-listed Minster before continuing on to Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Then it’s full steam into Doncaster on the new Great Yorkshire Way, the riders will sweep past landmarks such as The Dome and the world famous racecourse before a flat-out finish along Bennetthorpe where Kirsten Wild was victorious in 2016.
Stage 2 – Yorkshire Heritage
The final decisive stage will start with a loop around Barnsley’s impressive Town Hall before heading towards Worsbrough. The first mountains classification points are up for grabs at the Côte de Blacker Hill. The race will then pass Elsecar Heritage Centre and the cyclists may catch a glimpse of Wentworth Woodhouse before they contest an intermediate sprint in Swinton. Conisbrough Castle provides another stunning spectacle before the riders continue north where they are sure to receive warm welcomes in Pontefract, Castleford and Garforth before the second intermediate sprint in Scholes. Harewood House makes an appearance prior to the Côte de Old Pool Bank, before the route passes through the cycling hotbed of Otley and the childhood home of Lizzie Deignan. The race then reaches its first-ever summit finish in Ilkley on the Côte de Cow & Calf. Queen of the Mountains points are on offer before the race winner will be crowned on top of this iconic Yorkshire climb.