Ride the roads just hours before the professionals, with three challenging routes of 50km, 100km and 140km on Sunday, May 3

Like the vast majority of professional races these days, the Tour de Yorkshire now has its very own official sportive.

Taking place on Sunday, May 3, before the start of the final stage of the tour, the event will take in many of the roads and climbs that the professionals will ride around Leeds.

Five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault is supporting the event and the Badger will be on hand to provide tips to the riders completing the ride.

With three distances to choose from – 50km, 100km and 140km – and a women’s only ride, organisers Human Race believe there is something in the route for everyone.

Nick Rusling, chief executive of Human Race, said; “We have the ability to deliver something unique for thousands of cyclists on 3rd May by combining the aura of the Tour de Yorkshire and Tour de France legacy in combination with the hospitality and stunning roads of Yorkshire.

“For sportive riders of all abilities – this will be an experience you won’t forget.”

Riders on the longest route will get a taste of the Tour de France when they climb the Côte de Oxenhope Moor, but from the other side. The 6.7km climb is certain to test any rider’s mettle.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said of the event: “This is such an exciting opportunity for Yorkshire. The Tour de Yorkshire is all about growing the visitor economy and this event, with thousands taking part from all over the UK and overseas, will bring even more people to visit our county.”