David Millar gives seal of approval to Maserati Tour de Yorkshire sportive course

The former British cyclist says the sportive has 'a bit of everything' after taking an early look at the route

David Millar has assessed the route of the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride, which he states will test riders of all abilities.

The sportive which takes place on May 1, the same day the professional riders will take to the course in the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, allows cyclists the opportunity to experience the challenge that the sport's finest will tackle just hours before.

According to Millar the organisers have pulled no punches in creating a course that includes plenty of climbs.

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"At 119km and a 1056m total elevation gain this is a hard, yet not ridiculous route; offering something for the novice as well as the seasoned campaigner," he said.

Available to ride over distances of either 119km, 80km or 40km, the event can be tailored to cyclists of all abilities. And having riden in last year's edition of the race, Millar offered advice in regard to tackling the weather, suggesting it may well play a part. 

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"Should it be windy on the day the ever changing direction will avoid the boredom of a relentless headwind, and the interesting route takes in a bit of everything, from the seaside to the Dales," he added.

“If the weather is really bad there are options of shortcuts to the finish, if you are so inclined. To be honest the fun bit is only hours afterwards when you’re warmed up and a little less delirious.” 

Registration for the event opens on February 4 but a pre-sale window is available to those who pre-register. For those wanting to take part or for further information visit the Human Race website.

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