Born out of the success of 2014’s Le Grande Depart, which saw the iconic Tour de France begin their annual race on the city streets and country lanes of our County, Tour de Yorkshire offers the opportunity to watch the professionals once again race in our back gardens. In only its second year, it has already established itself as the second most popular bike race, behind the Tour of Britain, and Yorkshire is fast becoming ‘’the heartland of cycling’’.
The ride offers a dream opportunity for sportive riders to race on the same roads as the professionals, on the same day. 2016’s ride took place on stage 3, the final stage, of the tour and took the cyclists from Cleveland Way, Scarborough, through the beautiful local countryside and finished on the seafront back in the picturesque coastal town. There were three distance options, 40km, 85km and 119km.
Vikings Phil and Felicity Caddick decided to ditch their spectator shoes and throw on their helmets and join the hundreds of people taking part in the 85km distance, taking them from Scarborough to Thornton Dale, Snainton, East Ayton and back in. The husband and wife team completed their ride together, in 05:18:17.
All three of the ride options included the Cote de Harwood Dale climb, a tough 1.3km incline with an average gradient of 7.4% and a maximum gradient of 16%. All riders were timed and could compare their time to that of British ex- pro cyclist David Millar. Phil completed his climb in 11 minutes and Felicity smashed it in 8 minutes 32 seconds.
Felicity admitted that they hadn’t realised quite how hilly the ride was going to be but that it was a lot of fun. Entry is now open for 2017 Tour de Yorkshire sportive Vikings…