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 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?

The men's race will run for four days from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 May 2019.

The women's race takes place over two days between Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May.

2019 marks the first year that the women's race will be identical to the men's event meaning the 2019 edition will be the longest yet at 264km and also the hardest with over 3,200m of cumulative climbing.

Is the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire coming to the East Riding?

Yes! We were delighted when Welcome to Yorkshire announced that the 2019 Tour includes two days of racing in East Yorkshire.

The first day of the race will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019 with riders starting in Doncaster and cycling 178.5km before the race finish in Selby. However, over 80% of the race on day 1 runs through the East Riding passing through lots of East Yorkshire towns and villages including Pollington, Snaith, Howden, Gilberdyke, Brough, Swanland, Walkington, Beverley and Pocklington.

In addition, Bridlington will host the Stage 3 start for the Tour de Yorkshire 2019 event, which will take place on Saturday 4 May 2019. 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. Both the women's and men's races will start from outside The Spa with riders cycling 132km in and around North Yorkshire before finishing in Scarborough.

More information is available on the official website:

Tour de Yorkshire (external website)

What is the route of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire?

The complete race schedule for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire is as follows:

  • Thursday 2 May 2019 - Doncaster to Selby (men's race)
  • Friday 3 May 2019 - Barnsley to Bedale (women's and men's races)
  • Saturday 4 May 2019 - Bridlington to Scarborough (women's and men's races)
  • Sunday 5 May 2019 - Halifax to Leeds (men's race)

More information about the route is available on the official website:

Tour de Yorkshire (external website)

What time will the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire take place?

Race times for all stages of this year's Tour de Yorkshire are available.

Stage 1 on Thursday 2 May will see the men's race start in Doncaster at 13:05 and finish in Selby at approximately 17:30 (with cycling through East Riding between 13:45 and 16:45 approximately).

Saturday 4 May will see the second stage of the women's race start in Bridlington at approximately 09:05 and finish in Scarborough at approximately 12:45. This will be followed by the start of Stage 3 of the men's race in Bridlington at approximately 14:45 with a finish at approximately 17:35 in Scarborough again.

More details on the timings are available on the official website:

Tour de Yorkshire (external website)

Will there be road closures in the East Riding as part of the race?

There will be rolling road closures along the route on Thursday 2 May and they are expected to last no longer then 40 minutes.

Roadside parking along the route will be suspended for the day for safety reasons and signs informing residents of this are already on display.

Market Place in Pocklington will be the focus of a number of events to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire and so will be closed between 1pm and 6pm. Also St Helen's Square in Barmby Moor will be closed between 2pm and 10pm for their celebrations to take place.

On Saturday 4 May the focus moves to Bridlington where both the man's and women's races will start outside The Spa.

South Marine Drive and part of Kingston Road will be closed to vehicles from 6pm on Friday 3 May until 6pm on Saturday 4 May and on-street parking will also be suspended.

Langdale Wharf car park will be closed but the Bridlington Park and Ride will in in operation.

For each race there will be rolling road closures along High Street and on-street parking there will be suspended as well.

A comprehensive list of roads affected is available:

Tour de Yorkshire Road Closures (pdf 153kb)

Who will be taking part in the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire?

The 2019 Tour de Yorkshire will welcome 20 men's and 20 women's teams. A full list of the teams and riders can be found on the official website:

Tour de Yorkshire (external website)

The star riders are coming thick and fast with Mark Cavendish the latest cycling legend to confirm he will be riding the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire. Cavendish is a true icon of the sport who has won no less than 30 Tour de France stages in a glittering career that also includes the 2011 UCI Road World Championship title and a silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 33 year old Manxman, whose mother lives in Harrogate, received a hero's welcome when he competed in last year's race and it is that reception that has influenced his decision to compete again this year. Cavendish will be joined in a strong Team Dimension Data line-up by Nic Dlamini, Bernhard Eisel, Mark Renshaw, Tom-Jelte Slagter and Rasmus Tiller.

Those riders join four time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, Marcel Kittel and Lizzie Deignan who have already announced their participation. This will be the first time Froome has ridden in the Tour de Yorkshire although he did compete in the Grand Depart of the Tour de France when Yorkshire hosted this event in 2014. Froome will be using the Tour as a warm up for the UCI Road Championships in Yorkshire in September.

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.

In previous years this has included some fantastically creative ideas including bike-themed bake sales, decorated shopfronts, and Tour de Yorkshire-themed parties complete with knitted bunting. Lots of communities choose to create land art, some of which is broadcast around the world by the helicopters recording aerial shots of the race.

We are really excited to work with lots of local businesses and residents again in the lead up to the 2019 race. 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 the costs of related events. Eligible Town and Parish Councils may submit applications in partnership with other groups or organisations:

Tour de Yorkshire Community Fund

This year's Tour de Yorkshire celebrations in Bridlington will include a Festival of Street Theatre. We have assembled some of the best street performers in the country to present an eclectic mix of staged and walkabout performances. From Dick Danger diving from height into a bucket of water to Musical Ruth's irreverent songs, it is going to be a day to remember. Some entertainment, like The Whale, The Bewonderment Machine and the Flycycle/Submercycle need pre-booking.

For more information on each performance and to pre-book

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.