Tour de Yorkshire 2017 to head through Kirklees

The country's top cyclists will be heading to Kirklees after organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire revealed the stage routes for next year's event.

Friday, 2nd December 2016, 11:50 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 4:14 pm

Stage 3 from Bradford to Fox Valley will see riders cycle 194.5km along Huddersfield Road towards Birstall, with Cleckheaton, Gomersal, Liversedge and Mirfield all being able to spot the riders passing through.

The full route for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire has been unveiled and shows that riders will be passing through our district towards Hartshead and Brighouse.

Sunday April 30. The stage has been named The Yorkshire Terrier as organisers describe it as the toughest stage in the history of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity led a packed press conference this morning with the Amaury Sport Organisation’s Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme.

Scott Thwaites was one of many star riders in attendance along with Yorkshire cycling legends such as Brian Robinson, Malcolm Elliott and Denise Burton-Cole.

The third edition of the race takes place between 28-30 April 2017. It encompasses all four corners of the county and takes in Yorkshire’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Fountains Abbey and Saltaire.

Sir Gary Verity said: “I can’t wait to see the world’s best riders tackling these routes. We’ve worked sporting event.

“Last year the race attracted 2 million spectators and generated £60 million for the local economy, and we’ll go from strength to strength again next year.

Christian Prudhomme said: “I always enjoy coming to Yorkshire and the county certainly knows how to put on a show. I am excited by what this year’s route has in store and am sure it will provide three days of fantastic racing.”