You may be aware that, here at North Bar, we love cycling. You may also have heard the news that Otley, home to the lovely North Bar Social, has been selected as the starting point for Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire on Saturday 30th April!
It’s incredibly exciting, and we’ll be pulling out all the stops all weekend to celebrate all things TDY. Especially as the race is set to go right past us on Bondgate. It’s the perfect vantage point!
Otley is also lucky enough to be the starting line of the 2016 Women’s Race, held on the same route as the men’s, for the first time. It also means we get two in one day. Lucky us!
From the official website:
STAGE 2: SATURDAY 30 APRIL 2016: OTLEY TO DONCASTER
- Total stage length: 135.5km
- Same route for men and women
- 2 x sprint points (Scholes, Warmsworth)
- 3 x King/ Queen of the Mountain (Harewood Bank, East Rigton, Conisbrough Castle)
- Total ascent: 1,110m
Stage Two marks an important milestone for the Tour de Yorkshire, as the women’s race will be held on exactly the same route as the men’s race. The women’s race will start in the morning and the men’s race will begin in the early afternoon.
The route begins in Otley, home town of current women’s road World Champion Lizzie Armitstead. The Official Start is at Pool-in-Wharfedale, before the riders face an early King/Queen of the Mountain challenge at Harewood Bank, before heading south east towards another King/Queen of the Mountain at East Rigton, then to Thorner and a sprint at Scholes, then to Barwick-in-Elmet crossing the A1 at Aberford. Riders then go past Lotherton Hall, into Sherburn-in-Elmet, down to South Milford and Monk Fryston before swinging south to Birkin and Beal. The route then heads through Kellingley and on to Knottingley, Pontefract (home of liquorice) and Wentbridge, before North and South Elmsall, and on to hidden gem Hooton Pagnell. There is a sprint point at Warmsworth before a lap of, and King/Queen of the Mountain, at 11th century Conisbrough Castle. The peloton will then head towards Tickhill and Bawtry before racing along the perimeter of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, past Doncaster Racecourse and onto a sprint finish on South Parade.