At the beginning of May (3rd-6th), one of the biggest events in the cycling calendar will take place in England’s largest county.
The Tour de Yorkshire is back, and thousands of people will be arriving in Yorkshire in the hope of getting a glimpse of the riders and cheering on some big names.
As we gear up to the event, particularly the Asda sponsored Women’s Tour de Yorkshire, we have put together a few facts to get you pumped for the big day.
Did you know…
1. The Tour de Yorkshire is a relatively new event at only four years old, but since its launch in 2015, it has grown to become one of the world’s best-supported cycling races.
2. Last year, 2.2 million people lined the route over the various stages, making it the biggest Tour de Yorkshire to date — that’s enough to fill more than 22 Wembley Stadiums!
3. The race has been broadcast in 178 countries worldwide since it started in 2015.
4. 20 professional teams will compete in the men’s Tour de Yorkshire, including Team GB.
5. The Asda Tour de Yorkshire women’s race is doubling in size from last year, taking place over two days (3rd-4th May) with 20 teams competing.
6. The Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race remains one of the most lucrative races in the world, with last year’s winnings totalling £50,000.
7. During the Tour de Yorkshire riders will be using a “Road Bike”. These bikes are highly technical and can cost in excess of £20,000! The more technical a bike, the greater the risk that something will go wrong. Each team has a mechanic who travels in the team support car on the race to help with any problems.
8. The average number of calories burnt per day per rider per day is 6,000. That means you’d need to eat around three times the usual recommended daily allowance (RDA) to fuel your hard work, or nearly 12 Big Macs!
9. The riders burn 41 calories on average for every mile cycled. For male teams cycling all four stages, this amounts to 17,871 calories burnt over all of the stages.
10. The fourth and final stage of this year’s men’s race (from Halifax to Leeds) has been nicknamed "The Yorkshire Terrier" as it’s the hardest stage of the race, made up of 189.5km of incessant pedalling.