From a tour de force to the world’s best…

Otley will once again be the hub of UK cycling in 2020 with two major events taking part on our doorstep: the Tour de France legacy event the Tour de Yorkshire will once again be passing through the town in May, followed by the Otley Cycle Races in July

Tour de Yorkshire cyclists

The Tour de Yorkshire April 30-May 3, 2020

The magnificent Tour de Yorkshire will once again be coming through Otley – this year on Stage Four, the final day, of the men’s race on Sunday May 3.

The gruelling fourth day distance of 177.5km will see the men start the day in Halifax and reaching as far north as Malham in North Yorkshire, before returning via Ilkley and two gruelling climbs before heading into Leeds for the race finish. Those gruelling climbs? Côte de Cow Calf and 232-metre Côte de Chevin.

While the race is not expected to pass through Otley until the late afternoon, the town is expected to be busy throughout as the medium and longer amateur Sportiv races are also routed through Otley.

The race will enter the Otley area with riders from Menston and travelling up West Chevin Road and joining Piper Lane and Westgate to come through the town. It will then head up Bondgate from Beech Hill, and travel up Gay Lane before the long, arduous climb up East Chevin Road and Otley Old Road as it heads towards Carlton and Cookridge. See here for the full Stage Four route.

2020 LOGCO Otley Cycle Races – June 24, 2020

When you’ve had the like of Mark Cavendish, Jeremy Hunt, Adam Blythe, Jonny Clay and Chris Walker as winners, it’s little wonder that the Otley Town Centre Races are the most prestigious criteriums in the British racing calendar.

In its 35th year, the 2020 races are set to carry on a long tradition of world-class cycle racing in Otley for men, women and younger riders of both genders.

Races take place on a closed circuit around the town and start at 6pm, with the last race, the hour-long Property Development Otley GP Race beginning at 8.50pm.

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