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 2020 Tour de Yorkshire will take place between Thursday 20 April and Sunday 2 May 2020. 

More information is available on the official website:

Tour de Yorkshire (external website)

 What are the routes for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire?

The East Riding is once again hosting the start of the 4 days cycling. On Thursday 30 April 2020, Stage 1 (the Yorkshire Coast Stage) will start from Saturday Market in Beverley before looping through Molescroft and heading out to Hornsea via Tickton and Leven. Once the peleton reaches Hornsea the route heads north to Skipsea and Beeford and onto Bridlington where the route will drop onto the coastal route. The race will see a sprint section in Flamborough before heading through Bempton and north to Filey. After skirting around Scarborough, Stage 1 will travel along the coastal routes through Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, Sandsend, Staithes, Saltburn and onto the finish in Redcar, 176.5km from the start of the race.

This will be the third time Beverley has hosted a stage start.

Stage 2 (the Three Peaks stage) is a 124.5km race on Friday 1 May from Skipton to Leyburn taking in Hawes, the Ribblehead Viaduct and Settle. Stage 1 of the women's race will be held over the same route.

The third stage will be held on Saturday 2 May and sees the peleton cycle 134km from Barnsley to Huddersfield in the Heritage Stage of the Tour. It is also stage 2 of the women's race. This route will include Holmfirth, Mytholmroyd, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Queensbury, Halifax and Brighouse.

The final stage on Sunday 3 May, the Yorkshire Classic, will see the riders depart from Halifax and cycle 177.5km via Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Masham, Ilkey and Otley before finishing on The Headrow in Leeds.

Further information regarding timings, road closures etc will be announced nearer the time.

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. Welcome to Yorkshire have organised a number of roadshows to provide more information on the race itself and how communities can get involved:

  • Hornsea Golf Club - Monday 24 February 2020 17:30 - 19:30
  • Bridlington Spa - Thursday 5 March 2020 17:30 - 19:00
  • East Riding Leisure Beverley - Thursday 12 March 2020 18:00 - 20:00 

 We are really excited to work with local businesses and residents again in the lead up to the 2020 race. There are many ways that communities can get involved. 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.

This year we have established a small grant fund to support eligible communities in the East Riding to celebrate the race. The fund will be available to help with costs of related events. Eligible town and parish councils on the route of the race are able to bid for small grants of up to £500 to help with street decorations, land art or community activities directly related to the race. Online applications will be open from Friday 28 February 2020:

Online applications and more information

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.