Tour de Yorkshire: 10 Facts about God’s country

1. Moorish!

 Three-quarters of all the world’s heather moorland is to be found in Britain, and the largest expanse is in the North York Moors.

2. Beautiful Dales

The Dales have been protected as a national park since the 1950s, assuring their status as a walker’s and cyclist’s paradise.

3. Top Cheese

Favourite teatime snack of the British TV characters Wallace and Gromit is Wensleydale Cheese, which is made in the Dales at the Wensleydale Creamery. 
The road to Whitby Abbey

4. Yorkshire Day

Takes place is on 1 August and a popular nickname for the region is ‘God’s Own County’.

5. Home of Spooks

Whitby was the inspiration and setting for part of Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror story Dracula. Less well known is the fact that Whitby is famous for the jet (fossilised wood) that has been mined from its sea cliffs for centuries. This smooth black substance was popularised in the 19th century when Queen Victoria took to wearing mourning jewellery made from Whitby jet.

6. Controversial towns people

Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame was born in the Yorkshire town of Doncaster. 

Tom Moses climbing Grosmont

7. Tougher climbing than ever before

Cote de Grosmont was used in the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart but only 400m, this year riders will have to climb the full 2.2km leg stringing ascent. 

8. More athletes than any other region

Yorkshire is the home region of not one but four JLT Condor riders. Ed Clancy, MBE hails from Barnsley, whilst Graham Briggs is from Doncaster, former road champion Russ Downing is from Rotherham and Tom Moses from Keighley, north Yorkshire.
If Yorkshire was its own country in the 2012 Olympics the region would have finished 25th in the medal table.

9. Thomas Crapper

Without Yorkshire we wouldn’t have loos. Thomas Crapper, who invented the modern loo, was born in Yorkshire.

10. Bows and arrows

In York it’s legal to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow. But not on Sundays. (Apparently)

Follow the team at this years Tour de Yorkshire (29th April – 1st May) on the team website, on our twitter or our facebook page. The 2016 race route will again feature three stages. The route looks to favour the sprinters on days one and two but stage three should see the climbers come to the front and decide the overall GC on the way to the final finish line in Scarborough.

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