Yorkshire hosted the 2014 Grand Départ of the Tour de France, and building on the success of that event, there is now an annual Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.
Tour de Yorkshire 2018
North Yorkshire’s roads will again play a significant part in the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race this year. The Tour has also been extended to four days and will run from Thursday 3 May to Sunday 6 May 2018. The extra will allow the women’s race to increase from one to two days, taking place on 3 and 4 May.
As with previous events, we are working with partners, including event organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sports Organisation, district councils and emergency services, on a highways operation to host the race while maintaining vital access for local residents, visitors and businesses.
Stages three and four of the Tour will run mainly in North Yorkshire, with another finish in Scarborough and first visits to Filey and Richmondshire, including a race start in Richmond, in addition to passing through large parts of Hambleton.
As before, we will ensure the event takes place with the least disruption and will work with partners to ensure that visitors can get to the event to safely and efficiently. There will be some road closures and parking restrictions, but these will be kept to a minimum. Most of the route will see rolling road closures, which will generally last no more than an hour. Start and finish areas, along with some climbs, are likely to see longer road closures to ensure the safety of spectators and racers.
Route details for North Yorkshire
Stage 1 on Thursday 3 May: starts in Beverley and ends in Doncaster, covering 178km, with none of the route in North Yorkshire. The route will take in Beverley, Walkington, Pocklington, Howden and Doncaster.
Stage 2 on Friday 4 May: starts in Barnsley and ends in Ilkley, covering 115km, with 16km (13 per cent) of those in North Yorkshire. The route will take in Barnsley, Penistone, Pontefract, Castleford, Otley and Ilkley.
Stage 3 on Saturday 5 May: starts in Richmond and ends in Scarborough, covering 190km, all in North Yorkshire. The route takes in Richmond, Catterick Garrison, Leyburn, Northallerton, Thirsk, Sutton Bank, Pickering, Filey and Scarborough.
Stage 4 on Sunday 6 May: starts in Halifax and ends in Leeds, covering 182km, with 130km (71 per cent) in North Yorkshire. The route takes in Halifax, Mytholmroyd, Hebdon Bridge, Haworth, South Craven, Skipton, Kettlewell, Middleham, Masham, Pateley Bridge, Otley and Leeds.
Past event highlights
Race route 2017
Stage one of the event was on Friday 28 April. It started in Bridlington and ended in Scarborough, covering 173km, with 110km (63 per cent) of those in North Yorkshire.
The route took in Norton, Malton, Amotherby, Kirby Misperton, Pickering, Sleights, Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay and Scarborough. This map shows the route of stage one of the race in North Yorkshire (pdf / 2 MB).
Stage one recce with Adam Blythe
Stage two of the event was on Saturday 29 April. It started in Tadcaster and ended in Harrogate, covering 123km, with 108km (88 per cent) in North Yorkshire.
The route took in Knaresborough, Ripley, Pateley Bridge, Masham, West Tanfield, Ripon, Hampsthwaite and Harrogate. This map shows the route of stage two of the race in North Yorkshire (pdf / 2 MB).
Stage two recce with Lucy Garner
Stage three of the event was on Sunday 30 April. It started in Bradford and ended in Fox Valley, Sheffield, with approximately 20 per cent of the route in North Yorkshire, 38km of the full 194km.
The route took in Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Linton, Skipton and Kildwick. This map shows the route of stage three of the race in North Yorkshire (pdf / 2 MB).
Stage three recce, part one with Russ Downing
Summary of stage one
Summary of stage two
Videos courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire and Tour organiser ASO