The full routes for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire and Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race were unveiled last week at Leeds Civic Hall.
The organisers noted that ‘Both routes will be the toughest in the history of the race and feature more climbing than ever before, including the Côtes de Buttertubs and Grinton Moor – both making their first appearances since the 2014 Tour de France – and the return of the infamous Shibden Wall.’
New Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive James Mason greeted a packed press conference on Friday morning with the Amaury Sport Organisation’s Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme.
Dame Sarah Storey and Skipton’s Pete Williams were among the professional riders in attendance, with Lizzie Deignan and reigning men’s champion Chris Lawless sending in special video messages from Majorca and Australia respectively.
The sixth edition of the men’s race will take place between 30 April and 3 May and forms part of the inaugural UCI ProSeries. Its new 2.Pro classification remains the highest-possible status for a multi-day race outside of the UCI WorldTour. It encompasses all four corners of the county of Yorkshire in North East England and takes in 160 villages, towns and cities along the way.
The Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race meanwhile, runs between 1-2 May and will once again be one of the most lucrative races in the sport.
The Tour de Yorkshire was launched in 2015 as a legacy of the 2014 Grand Départ. It is organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation. The men’s race will form part of the inaugural UCI ProSeries. The Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race was awarded 2.1 status in 2016.
1.96 million spectators reportedly lined the route for the 2019 edition of the race, which was ‘watched by a record 28 million TV viewers in 190 countries.’ The 2019 edition generated £60 million for the Yorkshire economy. The race is supported by Asda, LNER, NTT, Le Coq Sportif, Mavic, Tissot, Global, Leeds Bradford Airport, Eisberg Alcohol Free Wine, Soreen, Sky Betting & Gaming and Black Sheep.
2020 Tour De Yorkshire / Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race stages
- Thursday 30 April – Stage One Men (176.5km): the Yorkshire Coast Stage – Beverley to Redcar
- Friday 1 May – Stage Two Men, Stage One Women (both 124.5km):
The Three Peaks Stage – Skipton to Leyburn
- Saturday 2 May – Stage Three Men (134km), Stage Two Women (114.5km): the Heritage Stage – Barnsley to Huddersfield
- Sunday 3 May – Stage Four Men (177.5km): the Yorkshire Classic – Halifax to Leeds
James Mason, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said “It’s exciting for me to be involved with the Tour de Yorkshire for the very first time – and this year’s routes look fantastic. Many of our county’s iconic climbs are included, and we’re particularly pleased to see Buttertubs and Grinton Moor making appearances after they were unfortunately cut from the World Championships route on account of the weather last September.
“Seeing the men and women tackle Shibden Wall will also be special, and we’re delighted to be bringing the race to so many new places as well. We’re lucky to have such a diversity of landscapes here in Yorkshire and these races will have something for every type of rider. I’m really looking forward to it and I’m sure we’re in for some really exciting action.”
Christian Prudhomme, ASO’s Tour de France Director, said “Once again, the team at Welcome to Yorkshire have done a tremendous job in designing such a beautiful, challenging and varied route and I am looking forward to seeing how both races play out.
“They are both harder than ever before, and when you factor in the millions of fans that will be lining the route, we know that the 2020 edition will be one to remember.”
In the presentation Claire Baxter was announced as the Official Tour de Yorkshire Artist for 2020. Baxter, who lives in Harrogate and manages her own gallery in Pateley Bridge, works predominantly in oil and produces figurative works in her own distinctive style. She will now begin creating a series of specially commissioned Tour de Yorkshire pieces which will be available in the lead up to the race.
James Mason said “Claire is one of our county’s best artistic talents and we’re delighted to be working with her on this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. Her works really stand out from the crowd and we’re all looking forward to seeing her bright and colourful cycling-themed creations.”
Claire Baxter said “To be the Official Artist for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire is a massive privilege and honour, and I am very excited for the year ahead. Being able to bring everything together and combine my love for Yorkshire with my art in the county’s most prestigious sporting event is simply a dream come true.”
Official Tour de Yorkshire Sportive – 2020 Tour de Yorkshire Ride
It was also revealed that the Tour de Yorkshire Ride sportive will be back for a sixth successive year in 2020.
Leeds was unveiled as the start and finish location for the event, which will be held on Sunday 3 May. 5,000 amateur cyclists will have the chance to ride some of the county’s most iconic roads just hours before the Tour de Yorkshire reaches its conclusion.
James Mason said “One of the main aims of the Tour de Yorkshire is to inspire people to get on their bikes, and the Tour de Yorkshire Ride does just that. It’s now regarded as one of the top sportives in the country and being able to ride on the same roads as the pros is an incredible experience. The three routes on offer in 2020 take in some stunning scenery and will challenge the riders, whatever their ability.”
Nick Rusling, CEO of Human Race, which organises the sportive, said “It’s been six amazing years where we have been able to offer amateurs the unique chance to ride on the same roads and cross the same finish line as the pros on the last day of the Tour.
“On the Tour de Yorkshire Ride in 2020 we will have seen over 25,000 riders being part of this special occasion over the six years. The Leeds city centre finish is something to cherish forever with huge crowds out cheering you on like you are a real pro. It is truly a unique experience.”