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 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 is split into stages, each one lasting a day covering different areas within Yorkshire. The 2018 event was held over four days whilst previous events had only been held over three. There is also a women's race which, in 2018, was extended from one day to two.

The events held so far -

2015 - 1 May to 3 May

Stage 1 - Bridlington to Scarborough

Stage 2 - Selby to York

Stage 3 - Wakefield to Leeds

2016 - 29 April to 1 May

Stage 1 - Beverley to Settle

Stage 2 - Otley to Doncaster

Stage 3 - Middlesborough to Scarborough

2017 - 28 April to 30 April

Stage 1 - Bridlington to Scarborough

Stage 2 - Tadcaster to Doncaster

Stage 3 - Bradford to Sheffield

2018 - 3 May to 6 May

Stage 1 - Beverley to Doncaster

Stage 2 - Barnsley to Ilkley

Stage 3 - Richmond to Scarborough

Stage 4 - Halifax to Leeds

The 2018 event was officially the biggest one yet with overall spectator attendances rising from 2.2 million in the previous year to an estimated 2.6 million.

More information is available on the official website:

Tour de Yorkshire (external website)

When will the next Tour de Yorkshire take place?

It has now been announced that the Tour de Yorkshire will return to the East Riding in 2019.

Bridlington has been confirmed as one of eight host towns for the 2019 race. The seaside town is no stranger to the tour, having written itself into the race's history as the start location for the inaugural event in 2015 and again in 2017.

As part of our partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire, we are extremely pleased to once again be part of the race, which has become one of the most eagerly anticipated on the world cycling calendar.

The full route will be unveiled on Friday, 7 December and we hope to provide details here once the announcement has been made.

The men's race will run from Thursday, 2 to Sunday, 5 May 2019, with the women's race running for two days during this period.

Organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire say that more than 2.6 million spectators watched the 2018 race. It was broadcast live in 180 countries and generated approximately £64 million for the local economy.

What were the routes of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire?

The East Riding played host to the start of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire with stage 1 leaving Beverley on Thursday 3 May.

Stage 1 of the race was 182km for the men and 132.5km for the women, and ran from Beverley to Doncaster. The men's race began with a ceremonial start from central Beverley, leaving the town towards Tickton where the race officially started. The cyclists headed out towards Hornsea, looping around the Mere before heading back through 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 continued through Airmyn and Rawcliffe before leaving the authority's area on route to the finish in Doncaster.

The women's race had its ceremonial start in Beverley and largely followed the same route as the men's race, except for the Hornsea loop.

There were a number of classified sprints along the route, one on the entrance to Pocklington and another before entering Howden. There was also a classified climb up the Cote de Baggaby Hill.

Stage 2 on 4 May saw the riders start in Barnsley and cycle 149km to Ilkley. Stage 3 started in Richmond before finishing 181km later in Scarborough. The final day, Stage 4, consisted of 189.5km from Halifax to the finish in Leeds.

Stage 2 of the women's Tour de Yorkshire was held on the same route as stage 2 of the men's event with the women starting from Barnsley in the morning and the men in the afternoon.

In the men's race Harry Tanfield made history by becoming the first UK rider, and also the first Yorkshire rider, to win a stage with a time of 4 hours, 7 minutes and 58 seconds. Stage 2 was won by Magnus Nielsen, Stage 3 by Maximilian Walscheid and Stage 4 by Stephane Rossetto. The overall winner was Greg Van Avermaet with a total ride time of 16 hours 38 minutes.

In the women's race, Kirsten Wild was first across the line in Stage 1 while Megan Guarnier was triumphant in winning the women's race with a total time of 6 hours 48 minutes and 9 seconds.

More information is available on the official website:

Tour de Yorkshire (external website)

What were the routes for 2017 Tour de Yorkshire?

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 Deignan 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:

Tour de Yorkshire (external website)

We have also produced a short film showing highlights of the event in East Yorkshire:

How have residents and communities been involved with the Tour de Yorkshire?

The council works 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 artwork to shopkeepers decorating shop fronts and 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 in the area. 

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)

Land art is now a much-loved feature of the race and these amazing installations are seen by over 11 million people in over 178 countries around the world courtesy of full, live TV coverage of all the stages of the race. This year eye-catching land art pictures of Yorkshire were broadcast to a record 180 countries.

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 complimented 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.