Yorkshire stages will show the "romance and wonder' of the county

Stage One is described as the stage of romance and wonder, passing seven castles and seven abbeys. It starts in the Headrow goes north, then turns west towards Otley and Ilkley on its way to Skipton. Then it heads for the Dales before heading back through Ripon to the finish in Harrogate.

Stage Two is being called the past, present and future stage. It starts at Clifford's Tower in York, and heads west through Knaresborough to Keighley.

Then it's into Bronte Country, and onto the Pennines, passing through Hebden Bridge before climbing up onto the moors en route to Huddersfield and the notorious Holme Moss climb, Woodhead pass and the finish at the Sheffield Arena.

You can see a step by step guide to the route here.

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