Tour de Yorkshire 2018

Inspired by Yorkshire’s hosting of the Tour de France in 2014, the fourth edition of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race has been expanded from three to four stages and will take place between 3-6 May 2018. It encompasses all four corners of the county and takes in 169 villages, towns and cities along the way.

Each stage has a theme and includes the very best of Yorkshire’s spectacular countryside, fascinating towns and villages and punishing hills.  ‘Last year’s race attracted 2.2 million spectators and generated £64 million for the local economy, and now that is has been extended from three to four days, the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire promises to be the biggest and best one yet, Sir Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire

STAGE ONE: 182KM – ARTS AND CULTURE – BEVERLEY TO DONCASTER, THURSDAY 3 MAY

The race gets going in Beverley’s historic market place before proceeding to the seaside resort of Hornsea, through Beverley and into the Yorkshire Wolds.  Descending into Pocklington the race passes through Holme-on-Spalding Moor before a flat out finish in Doncaster.  See the full route here:   https://letour.yorkshire.com/tour-de-yorkshire-2018/mens-race/stage-1/ 

STAGE TWO: 149KM – YORKSHIRE HERITAGE – BARNSLEY TO ILKLEY, FRIDAY 4 MAY

The peloton will start outside Barnsley’s impressive Town Hall and head towards Penistone. The route ventures into Worsbrough , through Elsecar before an intermediate sprint is contested in Swinton. Conisbrough Castle provides a stunning backdrop before the riders continue north and Harewood House makes an appearance prior to the classified Côte de Old Pool Bank climb. The route will then pass through Otley and Ilkley before reaching the race’s first-ever summit finish on the Cow and Calf. See the full route here: https://letour.yorkshire.com/tour-de-yorkshire-2018/mens-race/stage-2/

STAGE THREE: 184KM – MARKET TOWNS – RICHMOND TO SCARBOROUGH, SATURDAY 5 MAY –

The riders will roll out of Richmond’s cobbled market place and head to Catterick Garrison before the start flag is lowered. Then comes Wensleydale, Leyburn and down into the Vale of York at Morton on Swale. Northallerton and Thirsk will provide warm welcomes, and no sooner have the riders crossed into the North York Moors than they’ll be faced with the fearsome Sutton Bank climb. The action then passes through Helmsley and on to Pickering before taking in the delights of the East Coast – Scarborough, Filey and back into Scarborough for the now legendary finish along North Bay.  See the full route here: https://letour.yorkshire.com/tour-de-yorkshire-2018/mens-race/stage-3/

STAGE FOUR: 189.5KM – THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER – HALIFAX TO LEEDS, SUNDAY 6 MAY –

The Piece Hall in Halifax provides a spectacular location for the start of this decisive stage. The race will head up the cobbled Main Street in Haworth before dropping into Goose Eye for the next punishing ascent. Crossing from Brontë Country into Craven, the route heads through Skipton. The action will then continue into the Dales, on to Masham and then into Nidderdale before making a return to the formidable Côte de Greenhow Hill for the first time since 2016. The undulating terrain never relents and shortly after passing through Otley the next categorised climb is on the cards at Otley Chevin.  The race reaches a rip-roaring conclusion on The Headrow – on exactly the same spot as where the Tour de France started in 2014. See the full route here: https://letour.yorkshire.com/tour-de-yorkshire-2018/mens-race/stage-4/

Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race

Following its phenomenal success over the last three years, the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race will double in size from one day to two in 2018 and take place on 3-4 May. It will once again offer one of the largest prize pots in the sport and a stellar cast of riders will be on hand to compete on Yorkshire roads.

The stages will start each morning and follow the last 132km and 121.5km respectively of the men’s stages which commence later each day.

Find out more about the women’s race: https://letour.yorkshire.com/tour-de-yorkshire-2018/womens-race/stage-1/map/

Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride

It was also revealed that the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride sportive will be back for a fourth successive year in 2018.

Leeds was unveiled as the start and finish location for the event which will be held on Sunday 6 May. 6,000 amateur cyclists will have the chance to ride some of the county’s most iconic roads just hours before the Tour de Yorkshire reaches its conclusion. 

Find out more about the Tour de Yorkshire on  https://letour.yorkshire.com/

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Contributed by Fran Pride – Yorkshire Blue Badge Guide