With just one week to go for the fifth Tour de Yorkshire cycle race, final preparations are in train and North Yorkshire’s highways officers are out and about making sure the route is fit for purpose.

Tour de Yorkshire in North Yorkshire decorations

North Yorkshire’s roads will again play a significant part in the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race this year as 50 per cent of the race takes place in the county and every stage will pass through the county at some point.

So while people are being urged to celebrate this world class race which places North Yorkshire on the global map and to enjoy the many events planned by towns and villages up and down the route, they are also asked to plan ahead and stay safe.

North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive Member for Access and Highways, Councillor Don Mackenzie, said: “People planning to travel to watch the race should allow extra time for the journey, arrive early and make the most of North Yorkshire. There are many exciting local events taking place across the race weekend in towns and villages, so once the race has passed it’s a great opportunity to stay and enjoy some legendary North Yorkshire hospitality.

“The safety of the cyclists, other road users and spectators is of prime importance, so we are asking everyone to plan ahead and be prepared. We want everyone watching the Tour de Yorkshire to enjoy it, but to take care, be safe and respect their surroundings.’’

Spectators are urged to:

  • where possible cycle, walk or use public transport to travel to watch the race;
  • avoid parking on the race route as vehicles parked within restricted times may be removed;
  • park in designated car parks;
  • avoid standing on bridges across the route to watch the race;
  • give maximum space to the race by keeping off the carriageway and avoid standing on sections of the route that are narrow, have no verge or have walls with a drop behind them;
  • take litter home;
  • be extremely careful with flames and cigarettes and avoid barbeques;
  • keep to footpaths, use gates and stiles, respect signs and follow the countryside code;
  • preserve and protect dry stone walls by not climbing, standing or sitting on them;
  • not use drones for photography  - this is strictly prohibited
  • keep dogs on a short lead
  • keep the race route clear until the last riders and the end of race vehicle have passed.

Similar to previous years, there will be rolling road closures in place and these are expected to last for less than an hour. Some areas, including the start and finish locations, some of the climbs and some of the busier locations, will require longer road closures to ensure the safety of the race and spectators. The impact in terms of road closures and parking restrictions will be kept to a minimum. There will also be parking restrictions in place along the race route

During the Sportive on Sunday morning May 5, which is a mass participation event along different lengths of the route, there will be a large number of cyclists on the county’s roads and all road users are urged to take extra care to ensure safety,

All towns and villages along the route will be celebrating and open for business.

Scarborough, will have a family fanzone at the Open Air Theatre throughout the day.

The town centre and seafront attractions are very much open for business.  There will be some minor disruption as each race passes through the town centre, with some diversions in the town centre around when closures are in place on St Thomas Street.

Bus services will be operating from Aberdeen Walk rather than St Thomas Street.

Residents and spectators are encouraged to explore the town on foot or by bike, more information can be found at Open Scarborough which has a range of information on walking and cycling in the town.

In Whitby the usual attractions will be open for business and the Park & Ride services will be operating throughout the day and all off-street car parks will be open as usual.

Due to rolling road closures in the town centre and on the A171 there may be some disruption to bus services in the Whitby area.  See Arriva Bus for more information.

Selby town centre which hosts a race finish on May 2, will have a large screen with live action from the race. This will turn into an outdoor cinema in the evening. The frontage of Selby Abbey is displaying large artworks from local schools.

Ripon on stage 2 will have, among other attractions, an artisan market and a wandering jazz band to mark the race passing through the town centre.  

On stage 4, Masham market place will be closed to traffic and have a big screen showing the race in full, a display of vintage cycles alongside an expanded Northern Dales Farmers’ Market offering quality local produce.  Kirby Malzeard is hosting a vintage car parade among other activities as the village once gain celebrates the race coming through.

“Our county is pulling out all the stops to make this Tour de Yorkshire another memorable race,” said Cllr Mackenzie. “Our roads are ready and we urge visitors to take care, respect the safety of all and value the beauty of the North Yorkshire landscape to make the race weekend a true success.”

Find further information on the Tour de Yorkshire route, road closures and timings.

This story was published 26 April 2019