Today was a pretty big day for cycling in Yorkshire. Following the success of last year's Tour de Yorkshire, the three day race will run again in 2016, and cover just over 500km and 17,000ft of climbing in just three days of racing. It also includes a full one day stage race for the ladies, a big step up in the women's racing from last year's crit in both parity and coverage compared to the men's race.
However all of this racing is next April but myself and a few friends have decided we really can't wait this long to give the routes ago and test ourselves against the pros. So instead of waiting until it's nice and warm in the spring of 2016 we've decided to make already tough three days into an even tougher time by tackling all three stages of the tour in December.
That's right... December. The coldest month of the year with some of the worst weather in the UK; probably more of a challenge than the route itself. We didn't just pick December to make things tough, but because it falls perfectly into the Rapha Festive 500 challenge.
The Festive 500 challenge encourages you to complete 500km between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve and end the year on a high whilst documenting your challenge every step of the way. So we decided there is no better way to do this than testing the 3 stages of the Tour and capturing the pain along the way whilst visiting a few of our favourite cycling cafe's along the route.
Across the three days we hope to tweet, photograph and paint our way across Yorkshire and give an insight into what the pros will face in April.
If anyone wants to join us for one day or even all three then please get in touch or follow us on Strava.