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. The next Tour will take place between Friday 28 April and Sunday 30 April 2017. 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 will play host to the start of the 2017 Tour with stage 1 leaving Bridlington on Friday, 28 April 2017. The 173km stage will then head out towards Driffield and into Pocklington for the first intermediate sprint.
There are classified climbs up the Cotes de Garrowby Hill and Goathland before the race heads to Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay then into Scarborough for the finish along North Bay.
Stage 2 see riders start in Tadcaster and cycle 122.5km to Harrogate, and stage 3 ends the race with a 194.5km ride from Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield.
The women's Tour de Yorkshire race will be 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.
Route maps for each of the three stages of the Tour de Yorkshire are available from the official website:
For those who plan on waving the riders off at the start, the Bridlington Park & Ride will be operating during the day and car parks across the East Riding will be open but may be busier than usual.
Please be aware that staff at Northern Rail and Virgin East Coast Trains have voted to strike on Friday 28 April. This means that many train services running to and from Bridlington, Driffield, Whitby and Scarborough will not be operating. In addition, some bus services in Bridlington will be running on the day and the bus station will be closed for a short period of time while the race starts:
Bridlington Bus Services Changes - Friday 28/04/2017 (pdf 570kb opens in new window)
Some roads in Bridlington will be closed to allow the race to pass through - further details on road closures will be published here nearer to the race.
Traffic on the roads into Bridlington may be heavier than normal, so please plan your journey before you leave and allow plenty of time for travel. We recommend that you check what public transport will be operating before the day.
For Stage 1 of the race, the riders will set off from South Marine Drive in Bridlington at around 12:35 on Friday 28 April to complete a ceremonial lap of the town centre before the official start. The official race starts on the A614 outside Bessingby Hall at 12:45.
You can view the exact timings for Stage 1 of the route on the official Tour de Yorkshire website:
Race timings - Tour de Yorkshire (external website)
South Marine Drive in Bridlington, from the junction with Kingston Road/Cardigan Road in the south to Pembroke Terrace in the north, will be closed to all vehicles from 6pm on Thursday 27 April until 6pm on Friday 28 April. The road will still be open for pedestrians.
The race itself will be managed using rolling road closures rather than long-term closures. These rolling road closures will be managed by the Police. Most of the rolling road closures will last no more than an hour apart from the start and finish lines and some climbs where the road closures will be longer.
To ensure the safety of the race and spectators, no parking is permitted on the race route. Car parking will also be suspended at some towns in the East Riding on the 28th April. Further details of the streets where car parking will be suspended and alternative car parking for blue badge holders can be found below:
Car parking restrictions during Tour de Yorkshire (pdf 243kb opens in new window)
From late morning on Friday 28 April an exciting programme of interactive family-friendly entertainment will be available on South Marine Drive in Bridlington. You will also get the chance to meet the riders in the Race Village before the start of the race. The ceremonial start of the race takes place outside The Spa at 12:35, with the official start outside Bessingby Hall at 12:45.
In addition, Marc Treanor will be creating a spectacular piece of land art on the South Beach in front of the Spa.
With the race starting in Bridlington and passing through various East Riding towns and villages before the first sprint of the Tour sees it leave the region, there are lots of locations where you can watch the race. You might want to get up close and personal with the teams in Bridlington or pack a picnic and select a spot along the route.
The build up to the Tour is just as important as the race itself and there are a number of different ways to get involved.
You might wish to dress your community with a cycling theme, whether that's blue and yellow, red and white polka dots or a French feel. Why not come together and create bunting or put on an event for your neighbours as the race passes by?
Why not think bigger? As part of the Tour de Yorkshire, Welcome to Yorkshire is running a land art competition and is encouraging businesses, landowners, farmers, schools, community groups and anyone else with a creative spark to take part. As the TV helicopter follows the race, any interesting and quirky pieces of land art may be picked up and broadcast to millions of viewers in over 150 countries.
With the global spotlight on the region with the Tour coming to town, make sure your business benefits from the influx of visitors this will being. From hosting events over the weekend to creating a themed menu, there are lots you can do.
Welcome to Yorkshire has created a business toolkit which provides ideas of what you can do to make the most of the event, as well as key do's and don'ts.
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.
Tour de Yorkshire route maps (external website)
The following video is the Stage 1 route:
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)
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.