Arla Tour de Yorkshire
Date: Thursday 4th to Friday 5th May 2023
Location: Start 12pm, Arla House, 4 Savannah Way, Leeds Valley Park, Leeds LS10 1AB
Join us for our annual cycling challenge to raise funds for GroceryAid. This year we'll be taking on a two-day Tour de Yorkshire covering 205km across some of Yorkshire's best cycling roads, including full pro-level support by Struggle Events.
Stage 1: Leeds to Pateley Bridge, 85km
Start 12pm From Arla | 85km Ride to The Yorke Arms | Dinner & Overnight Stay
Join us for a pre-ride lunch at our Arla HQ in Leeds. We’ll then roll out along the flat lands skirting Leeds.
As we enter into North Yorkshire the roads will start to get lumpy, so we'll enjoy a mid-ride refuel at our Arla Farm in North Rigton near Harrogate.
Once recharged it's a straight shot for Pateley Bridge. We'll spin along the Gouthwaite reservoir for the finish of Stage 1 at The exclusive Yorke Arms, and to fuel up for another big day tomorrow with a three-course dining experience.
Stage 2: Pateley Bridge to Harrogate, 120km
Start 8:30pm From Pateley Bridge | 120km Ride to Harrogate | Mid-ride stop at Swinton Park Estate | Celebratory drinks and food at Cold Bath Brewery, Harrogate
We’ll start the stage by taking on one of Yorkshire's most iconic climbs, Greenhow Hill. This epic ascent has featured in various pro races including the Tour de Yorkshire and the 2019 Road World Championships.
We'll then roll along the Wharfedale Valley along some of the best roads for cycling in Yorkshire, before taking on our second bucket-list hill; Park Rash. Park Rash has also featured in many pro races and set the stage when Cofidis rider Stephane Rossetto wowed the world by attacking on the brutal hairpin and riding 100km solo to victory.
By then we'll have earned a well-deserved fuel stop at the exclusive Swinton Park Estate where we'll stop for afternoon tea and some riders will depart and head back down south. It's then back to Harrogate for a celebratory drinks and food at The Cold Bath Brewery Clubhouse.
- Pre-ride lunch at Arla HQ
- Bed and breakfast accommodation at The Yorke Arms
- Stage 1 Three-course dining experience at Yorke Arms
- Stage 2 Afternoon Tea at Swinton Park
- Post-ride food and drink at Cold Bath Brewery Clubhouse
- Pro support by Struggle Events
- Following car carrying water, sports nutrition and snacks
- Roving mechanical support
- Expert local rider leaders
- Luggage transfer each day
What to Expect?
We'll ride in different ability groups based on preferred average speed. The groups will be accompanied by experienced ride leaders. We'll regroup at the top of any hills and no one will be left behind.
A support car and mechanic will be following the riders throughout to provide all the support you need to complete the challenge.