The full routes for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire and Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race have been unveiled at Leeds Civic Hall by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation.
Barnsley will host the start of the women’s stage 2 and men’s stage 3 on Saturday 2 May. The female riders will get going in the morning with the men following in the afternoon.
The 2020 route will see changes from previous years after leaving the town centre, where it will head through Worsbrough, Stainborough, Hood Green, Thurgoland, Penistone, Thurlstone and Millhouse Green before leaving Barnsley towards Holmfirth. The route will showcase some of the best parts of Barnsley’s green spaces with opportunities for local communities and organisations to set up entertainment and activities along the route for residents to get involved.
People are encouraged to join the celebrations on the day at visitor attractions and events located across the borough.
Councillor David Leech, Cycling champion for Barnsley, said: “We’re incredibly proud to host the start of these races in Barnsley once again, particularly with our borough being the only host town in South Yorkshire this year. After the great success of last year’s event, thanks to our residents heading out in force to support the riders, this year’s races are set to be better than ever.
“It’s also an excellent opportunity to showcase the cycling opportunities available in Barnsley to residents of all ages, and the races allow us to promote some of the great facilities we have to keep the people of Barnsley active and helping to take care of the environment.
“Plans are well underway for this year’s event, and we cannot wait to show what the Barnsley communities are capable of.”
New Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, James Mason, 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 delighted to be back in Barnsley for a third successive year. The town and borough always provides the riders with a warm welcome and we’re sure that will be the same again this year.
“We’re pleased to be bringing the race to some 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.”
The sixth edition of the men’s race will take place between 30 April – 3 May and form 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 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 offer equal prize money to the men, making it one of the most lucrative races in the sport.
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
The riders will loop around Barnsley Town Hall before heading out of town, and the pace is likely to ramp up for the first intermediate sprint in Oxspring. Penistone and Holmfirth then both feature before the first categorised climb comes on the Côte de Netherthong. The race will finish in Huddersfield where the winner of the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race will be crowned before the male rider’s battle it out for stage success.
Sunday 3 May – Stage Four Men (177.5km)
The Yorkshire Classic – Halifax to Leeds
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