Tour de Yorkshire

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.

What is the Tour de Yorkshire?

The Tour de Yorkshire is a 4-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.

Originally the Tour de Yorkshire race was broken up into stages over 3 days covering a number of different areas within Yorkshire each day. Due to its popularity, the event now extends to four days and incorporates a women’s 2-day race as well as the men’s race.

The first ever Tour de Yorkshire took place between 1 May and 3 May 2015. Since 2015, the Tour de Yorkshire has become an annual event. The most recent Tour took place between Thursday 2 May and Sunday 5 May 2019. 

More information is available on the official website:

Tour de Yorkshire (external website)

What were the routes for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire?

The East Riding saw the Stage 1 route travel through the region on Thursday 2 May after starting at Doncaster. The route passed through many East Riding towns and villages including Pollington, Snaith, Howden, Gilberdyke, Brough, Swanland, Walkington, Beverley, and Pocklington. The day finished after 178.5km in Selby. 

On Saturday 4 May 2019 Bridlington played host to the start of Stage 3 of the 2019 Tour. This was the third time that Bridlington had hosted a stage start.

Participants included the well-known names of Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome, Marcel Kittel, and Lizzie Deignan.

In 2019, the Dutch cyclist Jesper Asselman (Team Roompot-Charles) won Stage 1 whilst the British Team Ineos cyclist, Christopher Lawless, won Stage 3. In the women’s race, the Dutch rider Marianne Vos (Team CCC) was triumphant in the race from Bridlington.

How can residents and communities get involved with the Tour de 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. 

From 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 county celebrate the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire within the area.

Land art is now a much-loved feature of the race and these amazing installations are seen by millions of people in over 178 countries around the world courtesy of full, live TV coverage of all stages of the race.  

In the last couple of years hundreds of pieces 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.  

In 2019 East Riding of Yorkshire Council established a small grant fund to support Town and Parish Councils along the route to celebrate the race. Town and Parish Councils were able to bid for a maximum of £500 each towards projects related to the race and demonstrating appropriate community benefit/input. £9,537.59 of the available £10,000 was provided to communities and activities included exhibitions, street decorations, themed artwork, land art, and refreshments (if the applicants did not use their fund fully they are required to return unspent monies).

Will there be another Tour de Yorkshire in 2020?

The next Tour de Yorkshire will be held between Thursday 30 April and Sunday 3 May 2020 and it has been announced that Beverley will be one of the 8 host towns so securing a guaranteed stage start or finish. The other host towns will be Barnsley, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leyburn, Redcar and Skipton. The routes are expected to be unveiled in January 2020.

Where can I find further information about cycling in the East Riding?

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: 

Long-distance cycle routes that pass through the East Riding 

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)

Cycling clubs in the East Riding 

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.