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.
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 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)