2016 Tour de Yorkshire: Find you perch for the peloton

2015: The teams of cyclists make their way up the Cote de Robin Hood's Bay.

2015: The teams of cyclists make their way up the Cote de Robin Hood's Bay.

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Think about what you really want to see. That is the advice organisers have given to spectators planning where to watch the Tour de Yorkshire.

Do you wish to revel in the carnival atmosphere at the start-lines at Beverley, Otley or Middlesbrough?

Do you want to be there at the finish in Settle, Doncaster or Scarborough?

Or would you rather pick out one of the many highlights along

the way, a much anticipated climb or sprint, and wave the riders past in all their glory?

Either way, when it comes to selecting the perfect vantage

point, spectators will be spoilt for choice.

The market town of Beverley will certainly be the place to be when the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire gets underway on Friday.

Market Weighton, with its farmer’s market and picturesque duck pond, the historic town of Wetherby and knaresborough,

which boasts ancient walkways, cobbled alleys and secret passageways, are also likely to topography stunning vista: Looking over the shoulder of the riders down upon Robin Hood’s Bay last year. find your perch

for the peloton prove to be very popular on a

predominantly flat Stage One course.

But if you want to see the riders

really tested then head to Pateley

Bridge, an ‘Area of Oustanding

natural Beauty’ in the heart of

nidderdale, for a climb before the

descent to Settle.

Stage Two represents a different

challenge entirely for this year’s

riders and its hilly terrain offers

plenty of options for on-lookers.

A very steep climb just before

harewood will provide a taste of

things to come, followed quickly by

another climb at East Rigton.

For those fans who feel the

need for speed, head to Scholes

or Warmsworth for the sprint

sections.

Before the terrain flattens out

with a finish in Doncaster,

there are tempting

opportunities to watch the race

develop from the picturesque

village of hooton Pagnell, the

historic village of Sprotbrough

– which boasts Don Gorge

‘the jewel in Doncaster’s

crown’ – the iconic setting of

Conisbrough Castle or the

towns of Tickhill and Bawtry.

Stage Three will

unquestionably see thousands

of spectators head to

Scarborough for a picturesque

seaside climax.

Just before then, Oliver’s

Mount will provide the riders

with one last climb, by which

time they will have already

conquered testing ascents at

Sutton Bank, Blakey Ridge,

Grosmont, Robin hood’s Bay

and harwood Dale.

if sprinting is more your

thing, head to either Thirsk or

Whitby.

Along the route you might

also consider Great Ayton,

Stokesley – known as the

gateway to the north York

Moors – or helmsley.

French cyclist Nacer Bouhanni, powering up the finishing straight to win the stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire in Harrogate earlier this year (Picture: James Hardisty)

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