Information about the Tour de Yorkshire cycle event, how you can watch and take part, see the route the race will follow, how local roads will be affected and more about cycling in the East Riding.
The Tour de Yorkshire is a three-day professional cycle race running across Yorkshire. The race began as a legacy event following the success of the visit of the 2014 Tour de France to the county.
Each Tour de Yorkshire race is split into stages over three days covering a number of different areas within Yorkshire each day.
The first Tour de Yorkshire took place between 1 May and 3 May 2015 and the second Tour took place between 29 April and 1 May 2016. The most recent Tour took place between Friday 28 April and Sunday 30 April 2017.
More information is available on the official website:
Tour de Yorkshire (external website)
The East Riding played host to the start of the 2017 Tour with stage 1 leaving Bridlington on Friday, 28 April 2017. The 173km stage will then headed out towards Driffield and into Pocklington for the first intermediate sprint.
There were a number of classified climbs up the Cotes de Garrowby Hill and Goathland before the race headed to Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay then into Scarborough for the finish along North Bay.
Stage 2 saw riders start in Tadcaster and cycle 122.5km to Harrogate, and stage 3 ended the race with a 194.5km ride from Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield.
Belgian born Serge Pauwels took overall victory of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire in the final stage of the race. Racing as part of team Dimension Data he built up a lead of 30 seconds on the Cote de Ewden Height before his advantage was cut to nine seconds on the final climb out of Midhopestones.
The women's Tour de Yorkshire race was held on the same route as stage 2 of the men's event, with the women starting from Tadcaster in the morning and the men in the afternoon. Otley born Lizzie Deighan was triumphant in winning the women's race this year completing the race in 3 hours 9 minutes and 36 seconds.
Entire communities turned out on the roadside to witness the peloton pass through as they cycled the 490km and each day's categorised climbs were attended by masses of cheering, enthusiastic fans.
Film highlights of the Tour de Yorkshire are available from the official website:
We work together with Welcome to Yorkshire to encourage local communities and businesses to get involved with the build up to the race and on the race day itself.
Local church groups baking bicycle themed biscuits, schools decorating bicycle themed art work to residents hosting Tour de Yorkshire parties are just some of the creative ideas helping communities across the East Yorkshire celebrate the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire.
Land art is now a much-loved feature of the race and these amazing installations are seen by over 11 million people in over 178 countries around the world courtesy of full, live TV coverage of all three stages of the race. This year eye-catching land art pictures of Yorkshire were broadcast to a record 180 countries globally.
In the last couple of years hundreds of pieces of art popped up in fields, playgrounds, market squares and car parks along the race route, and every one of them complemented the action brilliantly with their bursts of colour and creativity.
The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire race has been extended to four days and will be held from 3 to 6 May 2018. The men's race will run for four days and the women's race will be a two day event on 3 and 4 May.
Eight locations have been selected as host towns for the 2018 event. Beverley has been named as one of the host towns, which means that a race start or finish will take place in the town. This is great news for local residents and businesses who will once again get to see the race first hand as it passes through towns and villages in the East Riding.
The full race route will be officially unveiled at the Piece Hall in Halifax on Tuesday, December 5. This web page will be updated with more news after this announcement.
The East Riding played host to the start of the 2016 Tour with Stage 1 of the race leaving Beverley on Friday 29 April. The 186km stage passed through many local towns and villages before the stage crossed Yorkshire and finished in Settle. Thousands of people lined the streets to watch the riders and the route was decorated with bunting, flags and bikes to welcome the cyclists to the area.
Stage 2 on 30 April started in Otley and followed a 136km route to Doncaster. Stage 2 also saw the women competing over the same route earlier in the day for the Asda Tour de Yorkshire women's race.
Stage 3 on the final day started in Middlesborough and included six gruelling King of the Mountain climbs taking riders on a challenging 196km route to a sprint finish on Scarborough seafront.
Over two million spectators turned out to see the Tour and millions more watched the event on television as the event was streamed live to over 150 countries across the world.
Thomas Voekler of Direct Energie was the overall winner of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire.
The following video is the Stage 1 route:
Stage 1 of the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire started in Bridlington on 1 May and 250,000 spectators turned out to watch over 125 professional riders take to the streets of East Yorkshire before the 174km stage finished in Scarborough. Stage 2 of the 2015 race started in Selby, travelling through Market Weighton, Walkington, Beverley, Wetwang and Stamford Bridge before finishing in York. Stage 3 started on 3 May in Wakefield and travelled through the towns and villages of West Yorkshire before finishing in Leeds.
The overall 2015 winner was Lars Petter Nordhaug of Team Sky. Samuel Sanchez of BMC Racing Team was second with Thomas Voeckler from Team Europcar third. Lars Petter Nordhaug also won the points classification and Team Sky won the teams classification.
The following video is a montage of last year's race:
You can view images from the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire on our Flickr account:
Flickr account images (external website)
Why not jump on your bike and ride the route after the event? You can read more about cycling in the East Riding on this website covering areas such as:
There are lots of other longer distance cycle routes that run through the East Riding including coast-to-coast rides and circular routes around Yorkshire:
Visit Hull and East Yorkshire - Big Skies Bike Rides (external East Riding website)
The Way of the Roses cycle route (external website)
Trans-Pennine Trail (external website)
Sustrans (external website)
The National Byway (external website)
There are lots of cycling clubs and groups in the East Riding. You can find a free ride near you on the SkyRide website. Follow the link below and select 'Find a Ride' from the site's navigation menu:
British Cycling Skyride (external website)
There are several cycling clubs based in towns and villages across the East Riding. You can find further details by typing 'East Yorkshire cycling club' into your chosen search engine to find your nearest, or most suitable club.