The Tour de France visited to Yorkshire in 2014. The event’s “Grand Depart”, its two opening stages, took to the hills and valleys of Yorkshire: the second of these two stages was played out on the roads of the South Pennines and were part of the inspiration behind the Skylark Sportive.
The Skylark takes in several of the key climbs of Stage 2 and is an ideal opportunity for riders to test themselves against the roads that the Tour riders tackled. The Skylark’s 100km route tackles, in quick succession, Cragg Vale, Ripponden Bank and Holme Moss – the latter was arguably the toughest climb of the tour’s visit to Yorkshire and the finale to all three Skylark routes.
Tour de France Grand Depart 2014
So, here are those two Tour de France stages in detail.
STAGE 1, Saturday 5th July 2014 – Leeds to Harrogate: 190KM
Leeds – Harewood – Otley – Ilkley – Skipton – Kettlewell – Aysgarth – Hawes – Reeth – Leyburn -Ripon – Harrogate
STAGE 2, Sunday 6th July 2014 – York to Sheffield: 200KM
York – Knaresborough – Silsden – Keighley – Haworth – Hebden Bridge – Elland – Huddersfield – Holmfirth – Sheffield