Tour de Yorkshire will finish in Scarborough

The peloton on the Bridlington to Scarborough stage of the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire
The peloton on the Bridlington to Scarborough stage of the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire

Scarborough will host the dramatic final conclusion to the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire, it has been announced today.

The town's North Bay will once again be the backdrop for a sprint finish for the world's leading cyclists.

Riders will race into Scarborough on Sunday May 1 when the winner of the second Tour de Yorkshire will be crowned.

Stage three will begin outside of the MIMA building in Middlesbrough.

It will pass through, Ryedale and Whitby on its way to its dramatic conclusion.

More than 10,000 people lined the route in Scarborough in May as the inngural tour held its first ever race in the borough.

Organisers Welcome to Yorkshire outlined what will take place during the stage.

It said: "Stage Three will certainly appeal to the climbers.

"With an elevation of 2593 meters and six King of the Mountain classifications, the route begins in Middlesbrough, birth place of Captain James Cook, and takes the riders on a challenging and technical route through much of the stunning North York Moors National Park.

"From the start line at Middlesbrough’s MIMA Gallery, they travel south over the Official Start on the outskirts of Nunthorpe on the A172, through Great Ayton, home of the Captain Cook School Room, and on to Stokesley, Hutton Rudby, Winton and down to Northallerton, the county town of North Yorkshire.

"From there, the riders head to Thirsk’s market square where there will be a sprint point, before the infamous Sutton Bank and a King of the Mountain.

"Onwards to Helmsley, winner of Britain’s Best Market Town, then to Kirkbymoorside and heading north to Hutton le Hole and a King of the Mountain at Blakey Ridge.

"The peloton will recognise Castleton and many of the villages towards Whitby as the route is similar to that for the 2015 race.

"There will be a King of the Mountain at Grosmont, where in 2015 riders were welcomed by a steam salute by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and riders will pass through Sleights and Ruswarp before dipping down to Whitby.

"There is a sprint point at Whitby Abbey, before the race makes a visit to Hawkser.

"Next up is a battle over a King of the Mountain at Robin Hood’s Bay, before another King of the Mountain at Harwood Dale. From there it’s full speed to East Ayton and Irton, before a final King of the Mountain at Oliver’s Mount and a sprint finish in Scarborough’s North Bay."

Stage One of the race will travel from Beverley to Settle, with Stage Two starting in Otley and finishing in Doncaster.

This year's women's race will take place on the morning of Saturday April 30 along the route of stage 2.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “For next year’s race we’ve selected routes which showcase Yorkshire’s stunning scenery and will also deliver an excellent sporting event.

"Our first race was phenomenally successful, bringing 1.5 million spectators to the roadside, generating over £50 million for the regional economy and being broadcast around the world - not many races can say that.

"The stages we’ve revealed today are eagerly anticipated by fans, riders and teams and we have all the ingredients for another spectacular race which will bring the crowds back out.”