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.
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. Each Tour de Yorkshire is split into three stages with one stage taking place on each day of the race.
More information is available on the official website:
Tour de Yorkshire (external website)
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.
Route maps for each of the three stages of the Tour de Yorkshire are available from the official website:
Tour de Yorkshire route maps (external website)
The following video is the Stage 1 route:
We would love to hear from you if you have any comments on the Tour, or if you have any pictures you would like to share.
Please forward your images or comments to the Transport Policy team:
If you are sending pictures it would be helpful if you could tell us whether you are happy for the council to reuse these images on social media and in other documents and reports.
You can also share your pictures and comments on the Tour through social media. The council has its own social media channels and there are the official social media channels for the Tour de Yorkshire 2016:
twitter.com/letouryorkshire (external website)
facebook.com/LeTourYorkshire (external website)
Stage 1 of the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire started in Bridlington 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 in Wakefield and travelled through the towns and villages of West Yorkshire before finishing in Leeds.
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)
Following the success of the first two Tour de Yorkshire races, Welcome to Yorkshire has announced that there will be a further Tour in 2017.
The 2017 race will involve a new route through different towns and cities within Yorkshire and the final route will be announced in 2017.
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.