Programme - may be subject to changes of detail
The attraction of Yorkshire for cyclists was highlighted by ‘Le Grand Départ’ of the Tour de France in 2014, is echoed each year during the ‘Tour de Yorkshire’,and will continue with the choice of our beautiful and varied county for the Cycling World Championships in 2019. L’EuroPN 2017 will be passing through many of the most famous Yorkshire landscapes, but daily stages will be short enough to allow time to enjoy the magnificent scenery, rich culture and friendly Yorkshire folk.
Enjoy much of the atmosphere of a continental cycle tour in company with experienced cyclists from several European countries.
Friday September 8, 2017
Continental riders will gather in Paris for onward travel to the UK by coach and cycle trailer to take the overnight ferry from Zeebrugge to Hull, from where they will drive to rendezvous with the English riders at Beverley/Hull.
Saturday September 9 2017
BEVERLEY - WHITBY 62 miles
We head north across the rolling Yorkshire Wolds, crossing the Vale of Pickering, and into the eastern flanks of the North Yorkshire Moors, calling at Robin Hood’s Bay en route for the magnificently-situated Youth Hostel overlooking the port of Whitby.
Sunday September 10 2017
WHITBY - OSMOTHERLEY 50 miles
Today’s route takes quiet rural lanes up and down the famous swithchbacks of Eskdale and on to the edge of the moors at Osmotherley.
Monday September 11 2017
OSMOTHERLEY - MALHAM 50 - 60 miles
Today we have the option of taking the coach (bikes in specially-adapted trailer) across the vale as far as Reeth, to allow us time to enjoy the beauty of Swaledale (possible loop to the Tan Hill Inn, highest pub in the country), and tackle the ‘Côte de Buttertubs’ before lunch at Hawes. Then onward, passing the Ribblehead viaduct before arriving at Malham, where we spend two nights.
Tuesday September 12 2017
MALHAM - MALHAM 50 miles
Looping south through narrow lanes and stone villages embedded in the rolling hills, we lunch in Mytholmroyd before returning to Malham by a different route.
Wednesday September 13 2017
MALHAM - YORK 65 miles
Today we head for our lunch stop at Fountains Abbey, heading out of the hills for a flat ride in to York to spend 2 nights in this beautiful and historic city.
Thursday September 14 2017
A day in YORK, with a range of options including museum visits (National Railway Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre etc), or simply a stroll around the city walls, a leisurely lunch, and a bit of souvenir shopping. Or, for the indefatigable, there’s always the possibility of a little bike ride!
Evening - Closing Dinner, with distribution of awards.
Friday September 15 2017
YORK - BEVERLEY 40 miles
A gentle ride to our lunch venue in Beverley, after which our continental companions will take their coach back to the ferry port at Hull for their onward journeys home.
Good quality Youth Hostel accommodation and full meals throughout (except for lunch in York)are included, as well as transport of luggage (max. 12 kilos) and bicycles where necessary. There will be at least one other support vehicle. We hope that riders will enter into the spirit of our journey, and wear the specially-designed EuroPN jersey where possible (available to order).
Distances are approximate, and may need to be adjusted slightly to allow us to reach arranged venues along the way.
If you’d like further information, or you have any questions, please contact Ray Smith, who lives in Yorkshire and is responsible for the organisation of the ride in the UK:
Tel: +44 (0)1924 252377