As is traditional, we will start from 21 Portland Place London, W1B 1PY on Saturday 19th September 2020. The Grand Depart will be at 8am.
We will plan coffee stops at around 25 miles, and lunch at around 50 miles.
The over-night hotels are all Premier Inns, but obviously you may choose any hotel you want. However, Premier Inns do not mind bicycles being kept in the bedrooms!
Day 1 Saturday 19th September 2020
London to Banbury 80.5 miles
Day 2 Sunday 20th September 2020
Banbury to Matlock 87 miles
Day 3 Monday 21st September 2020
Matlock to Harrogate 82 miles
Optional Day 4 ride Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Yorkshire World Championship Route 50 miles
The routes are plotted directly to the Premier Inns in each town!
At the time of writing, the route for the first day is well tested, but days 2 and 3 will need investigating. If I make changes, the links will remain the same.
Day 1 London to Banbury
This is the same route that we took on day 1 for both Liverpool and Dublin, and the first 30 miles in 2019. It goes via the well-paved part of the Grand Union Canal for 10 miles, then through Ruislip and Harefield before coffee in Little Chalfont. There is a gentle climb to the Chilterns and a lovely ride through the Waddesdon Manor National Trust grounds before lunch at the Green Dragon Eco Farm. Then there are some very quiet country lanes before arriving in Banbury.
Coffee at Koho in Little Chalfont.
Lunch at Green Dragon Eco Farm
Evening meal probably at that Italian again.
GPS link here
Day 2 Banbury to Matlock
We start by going north out of Banbury along the A423 before coffee at Pumpkins Deli, Brinklow. We continue through the midlands countryside, going through Hinckley and aiming for Coalville for lunch, maybe Insomnia Coffee shop, or another franchise in the small town there. After lunch, we carry on north, going through the centre of Derby but hopefully this will be not too bad on a Sunday afternoon. The main hill of the day comes 10 miles from the end at Belper, but is followed by a nice run into Matlock and its rather unusual looking Premier Inn.
Premier Inn in Matlock
Coffee at Pumpkins Deli, Brinklow
Lunch in Coalville
Evening meal in Matlock. I'm sure there will be a restaurant.
GPS link here
Day 3 Matlock to Harrogate
This is the day you have all been waiting for. Rather than another flat day through Lincolnshire and The East Riding of God's Own County, we are going through the Peak District and the Yorkshire Moors (flatter bits).
We pass Chatsworth after 5 miles, then gently climb into the Peak District, going along the dam where the Dambusters practiced. There is more climbing up Snake Pass then it undulates over Strines Moor with coffee at Bank View cycling cafe, which is on the route taken on Day 2 of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire. It starts to descend towards Huddersfield. Lunch will be around Halifax. Eat plenty, as there is more climbing around the moors to the west of Bradford. Then, after going through Saltaire, Baildon and Otley, we finish on the same final straight as the 2019 Cycling World Championship in Harrogate. It will be great.
Coffee at Bank View cafe, Langsett
Lunch around Halifax
Evening meal somewhere with generous portions in Harrogate
GPS link here