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. In 2018 the race has been extended to four days, and will run between 3-6 May.
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 with the race starting in Bridlington.
More information is available on the official website:
Tour de Yorkshire (external website)
The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire is split into four stages, with one stage taking place on each day of the race. Beverley will host the Stage 1 start for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire 2018 on Thursday 3 May, including the start of both men's and women's races.
Stage 1 of the race is 182km for the men and 132.5km for the women, and will run from Beverley to Doncaster. The men's race will begin with a ceremonial start from central Beverley, leaving the town towards Tickton where the race will officially start. The cyclists will head out towards Hornsea, looping around the Mere before heading back thorough Beverley and into the Yorkshire Wolds.
Riders will then take in the beautiful rural scenery of Skidby, Walkington, Cherry Burton, Middleton on the Wolds, Pocklington and Holme upon Spalding Moor before cycling through the historic town of Howden. The peloton will continue through Airmyn and Rawcliffe before leaving the authority's area on route to the finish in Doncaster.
The women's race will have its ceremonial start in Beverley and will largely follow the same route as the men's race, except for the Hornsea loop.
Stage 2 on 4 May starts in Barnsley and finishes in Ilkley, whilst Stage 3 begins in Richmond and ends in Scarborough. The final day, Stage 4, runs from Halifax to Leeds.
The Asda Women's Race will take place in the morning, with the teams setting off from Saturday Market in Beverley at 8.40am. The riders will travel through the town before the official start on the A164 around Skidby at 8.50am.
The men's race starts from Saturday Market at 1:50pm, with the official start on the A1035 at Tickton at 2:00pm. The men's race passes through Hornsea, Pocklington and Howden before leaving the East Riding around 5:15pm.
The exact timings for Stage 1 of the route are available on the official website:
As well as an opportunity to see some of the world's top riders competing for the Tour de Yorkshire trophies, a full programme of entertainment will be taking place in Beverley on 3 May including live music, dance and street entertainers. Further details will be available over the coming weeks.
The race will be managed using rolling road closures rather than long-term closures.
Most of the rolling road closures will last no more than an hour apart from the start and finish lines. Road closures will be managed by the police, and closures and travel restrictions will also be advertised on affected routes via signage and variable message signs.
The A164 will be closed from approximately 8.15am to 9am between Beverley Town Centre and Skidby roundabout. This is likely to cause significant delays so please plan your journey carefully and allow extra time for travel. Motorists and the travelling public should also expect delays in and around Hornsea, Pocklington and Howden on the day of the race.
School Lane, Spencer Street and Saturday Market car parks in Beverley will be closed from 6pm on Wednesday 2 May to 6pm on Thursday 3 May.
Most bus services will be operating as normal, however a small number of services may experience delays during the journey where they encounter the race, and some services have been cancelled:
Tour de Yorkshire 2018 - Bus Cancellations (pdf 63kb opens in new window)
A list of the roads closed all day on Thursday 3 May is also available:
Tour de Yorkshire 2018 - Road Closures (pdf 50kb opens in new window)
For those planning to attend the race start, please consider using the Park & Ride service which will be operating from the course enclosure car park at Beverley Racecourse.
The Park & Ride service will start at 6:45am from the racecourse with services running every 30 minutes until 8:15am. Following a gap to allow the women's race to start, the service will resume from 9:30am running every 15 minutes until 12:30pm, and then every 30 minutes from 1:30pm.
The Park & Ride will drop off/collect from Wylies Road. The service will cost £1 for adults and 50p for children (aged 16 and under) each way. English National Concessionary Travel Passes will not be accepted and all adult passengers must pay the adult flat fare.
In March 2018, Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation unveiled a record number of teams for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire event. This year will see 20 men's and 20 women's teams in action, up from 36 in 2017. Of those, 10 teams will be taking part for the first time.
The men's race, which starts in Beverley on 3 May, will include six UCI World Tour teams, seven Pro Continental outfits and six British squads, with the new Yorkshire-based (although Irish-registered) Holdsworth Pro Racing making their debut.
The Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women's Race, also starting in Beverley on 3 May, includes seven of the 12 top-ranked teams in the world.
More information on the teams taking part this year is available on the official 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 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.
The women's Tour de Yorkshire race was held on the same route as stage 2 of the men's event. Otley born Lizzie Deighan was triumphant in winning the women's race that year completing the race in 3 hours 9 minutes and 36 seconds.
Film highlights of the Tour de Yorkshire are available from the official website:
We have also produced a short film showing highlights of the event in East Yorkshire:
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.
In previous years this has included some fantastically creative ideas including bike themed bake sales, decorated shopfronts and Tour de Yorkshire themed parties complete with knitted bunting. Lots of communities choose to create land art, some of which is broadcast around the world by the helicopters recording aerial shots of the race.
We are really excited to work with lots of local businesses and residents again in the lead up to the 2018 race. More details about events and ideas that you can get involved in will be posted here in the next few months.
Welcome to Yorkshire is running a 'best dressed' competition for towns and villages on the tour route. They are encouraging communities to come together to embrace the spirit of the Tour and decorate their houses and streets with anything tour related! More information is available on their website:
Tour de Yorkshire best dressed competition (external website)
Welcome to Yorkshire has also launched their annual Tour de Yorkshire land art competition:
Tour de Yorkshire land art competition (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.