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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.

Important Announcement

Welcome to Yorkshire have made the following announcement -

"As part of the fight against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) made the joint decision to postpone the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire and Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women's Race.

The event is one of the best supported races in the cycling calendar but the safety of everyone involved from the athletes to the spectators must be the number one priority.

Following consultation with stakeholders and sponsors Welcome to Yorkshire held in depth and constructive discussions with both ASO and British Cycling (both Tour de Yorkshire race partners) with all parties in agreement that this is the right and responsible course of action.

The sixth edition of the annual cycle race was scheduled to take place between 30 April and 3 May 2020 but the developing situation with regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) means continuing with the event as planned simply became untenable.

A key factor in the decision making process was the consideration of the additional burden that such a large scale event places on the emergency services and local authority partners, at a time when their priorities are rightly elsewhere. It is important to reiterate that the overriding concern for all partners involved is the health and safety of the public at this time.

Welcome to Yorkshire, ASO and British Cycling are working with the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) to find alternative dates in the international cycling calendar for the race to take place."

East Riding of Yorkshire Council are in full agreement with the decision taken and will work with all the organisations involved to try to accommodate the race later in 2020 and will post any updates on this page and on social media.

More information is available on the official website:

Tour de Yorkshire (external website)

 What were the routes for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire?

The Tour de Yorkshire was due to start on Thursday 30 April 2020, with Stage 1 (the Yorkshire Coast Stage) starting from Saturday Market in Beverley before looping through Molescroft and heading out to Hornsea via Tickton and Leven. Once the peleton reached Hornsea the intended route would have headed north to Skipsea and Beeford and onto Bridlington where the route would have dropped onto the coastal route. The race was due to see a sprint section in Flamborough before heading through Bempton and north to Filey. After skirting around Scarborough, Stage 1 was due to 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 would have been the third time Beverley had hosted a stage start.

Stage 2 (the Three Peaks stage) was intended to be 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 would have been held over the same route.

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

The final stage was due to be held on Sunday 3 May, the Yorkshire Classic, and would have seen the riders depart from Halifax and cycle 177.5km via Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Masham, Ilkey and Otley before finishing on The Headrow in Leeds.

Whether the same routes will be held when the race is reorganised remains to be seen and as more information on dates, routes etc is available we will update this page.

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.  

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.

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.

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