Tour de France in the DalesThis is a stunning route largely following the route of the Tour de France through the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Quiet roads, great scenery and four classic climbs. This is a tough day but was picked by the pros for a reason.
The Tour de France came to the Yorkshire Dales in 2014 and this route takes in the best of the Stage 1 route including all of the three climbs – Cote de Cray, Buttertubs and Grinton Moor -taken on by the pros. On route you will pass though great scenery and pass through a series of stone built villages, many with café stops. This is a tough route overall even though the Tour organisers classified it as a sprinters stage.
To get back to the start there is an extra climb up Coverdale over Park Rash. This is a long steady climb with a steep finish and a steep, technical descent into Kettlewell, and then easy roads back to Grassington.
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