From the young to the more mature, get in the saddle and enjoy a pedal in the countryside, on the city routes or explore the coastal paths. Yorkshire has so much to offer for all cycling abilities.
Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route Top to bottom: Britain’s Lizzie Diegnan in 2015 and Mark Cavendish in 2010.
And while the host towns are the obvious place to base yourself if you do fancy sampling what this fantastic event has to offer, we’d also suggest spending some time along the race routes where you’ll be able to watch the riders doing their thing at amazingly close quarters. That’s the great thing about cycling – in no other sport can you get within touching distance of the world’s best athletes as they are actually competing – and it’s all absolutely free! The climbs are the obvious place to start as that’s where the riders will be at their slowest, grinding their way past you with pain etched on their faces and sweat barrelling from their brows. Kidstones Bank on the Men’s Junior Road Race is one particularly tough ascent, while Greenhow, Norwood Edge and Lofthouse (which feature on the Men’s Under 23 Road Race and Women’s Elite Road Race respectively) will even strike fear into the most experienced riders. If the 2014 Tour de France is anything to go by too, the Men’s Elite peloton will struggle to pick their way through the throngs of people as they battle their way up to the summits at Cray, Buttertubs and Grinton Moor. Wherever you base yourself though, you’re sure to be in for a warm welcome. Every village, town and city along the race routes will be swathed in the rainbow bands, so make sure you get yourself out around the county and join in the fun! Do you have what it takes to be a Yorkshire Champion? If you want to volunteer to be part of the team welcoming millions of fans from all over the world to the UCI Road World Championships then register your interest today at www.yorkshirechampions.com
A 146-mile circular route passing through 47 towns and villages, including historic Beverley, the market town of Malton and the spectacular coastline. The quiet country lanes are a treat for cyclists of all levels, with stunning views and attractions at every stage.
The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway
Superb but challenging 130-mile circular route giving cyclists a chance to explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Riding through charming villages including Hawes and Grassington, taking in the magnificent beauty of Malham Cove and Aysgarth Falls.
Voted Beach of the Year 2018 by The Sunday Times, picturesque Filey is enjoyed all year round. Take a leisurely ride around historic villages, a challenging climb to experience spectacular views or just getting from A to B, experts at BikeAbout Filey are on hand for advice on bike hire and routes.
CityConnect Cycle Superhighway
The longest continuous route of its kind in the UK, stretching 14km to connect the cities of Leeds and Bradford. Cycle this route to attractions such as the National Science and Media Museum and Leeds’ Royal Armouries Museum with a towpath running by Salts Mill.
On the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park, Dalby Forest has six varied cycle trails. From gentle forest lanes to fast flowing tracks, technical descents and steep climbs and the family-friendly Adderstone Cycle Trail. Bike hire is available from Dalby Forest Cycle Hub.
A lovely traffic free trail following the River Don, from the bustling town of Doncaster to the spectacular 12th century Conisbrough Castle, passing Cusworth Hall - an imposing 18th century country house set in extensive landscaped parklands. This is just one of the routes from Sustrans’ Slow Tour of Yorkshire.