Tour de Yorkshire

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Tour de Yorkshire?

It is a UCI-approved 2.1 Europe Tour international cycle race that will be one of the biggest cycle races in the UK in 2016 and an outstanding event in the international cycling calendar, with some of the top international teams taking part and a women’s race on Saturday 30th April 2016. It will be broadcast live on TV in the UK and throughout Europe.


When is it taking place?

The Tour de Yorkshire will be held next year on 29, 30 April & 1 May 2016.


How long is the route?

The complete course will cover three stages - one stage each day, click here for full details.


Will there be the same level of road closures as for Tour de France?

No. Most will be rolling road closures lasting no more than an hour, apart from the start and finish lines and some climbs where the road closures will be longer. Road closures will be managed by the police, below are the roads that will be closed:

  • All starts and finishes
  • Pateley Bridge - Greenhow Village
  • Rigton Bank (A58) - Mill Lane junction, Home Farm Lane
  • Mill Lane from River Don - A630 (Warmsworth)
  • Loop around Conisbrough Castle (A630)
  • Northallerton High Street - This road will already be closed for the May Fair, an annual event
  • Sutton Bank (A170) Sutton Under Whitestonecliffe - Junction with High Town Bank Road
  • Fairhead Lane, Grosmont, North York Moors
  • Newquay Road, Bridge Street, Church Street (Whitby)
  • Foreshore Road, South Bay Scarborough - Finish (Scarborough)

Travel information

North Yorkshire  |  Doncaster   |  West Yorkshire  |  Wakefield Area


Will the route be the same each year?

No, the route around Yorkshire will be different every year, allowing us to showcase all of our beautiful county.


Who is organising the Race?

The race is being organised by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and Welcome to Yorkshire - supported by local authorities throughout Yorkshire.


Why is it called Tour de Yorkshire and not Tour of Yorkshire

The Tour de Yorkshire race is owned by the ASO, the Amaury Sports Organisation, a French company based in Paris. It therefore has a French name and some of the key climbs have been given a French name as a nod to the French origins of the race.


Which riders and teams will be competing?

View the teams taking part here and the riders here.


How many spectators are expected?

We saw around 1.5 million people come out to watch the race in 2015, we hope many more will watch come to watch the race in 2016.


What are the timings for the race?

View the approximate race timings here.


Where can I watch the race?

Spectators will be able to watch the event for free anywhere along the route but obviously starts, finishes and climb locations will be most popular. Download our spectator guide.


How can I get involved/volunteer?

We have all our Tour Makers for this year. However, be sure to sign up to our Tour de Yorkshire enewsletter Allez Yorkshire to stay informed on all the latest developments.


What are the race colours?

The race colours are yellow and bright blue.


Can I use the Tour de Yorkshire logo?

Only sponsors of the event can use the Tour de Yorkshire logo. For further details click here.


Will there be television coverage?

Yes, all 3 stages and the womens race will be broadcast by ITV4 and Eurosport. Click here for full details.


Will there be another Yorkshire Festival?

Yes, the next Yorkshire Festival will take place from 16 June - 3 July 2016.


Why does the Tour de Yorkshire not go to some parts of Yorkshire?

The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire took place predominantly in areas which missed out on the Grand Départ of the Tour de France. Welcome to Yorkshire worked with local authorities who were keen to support the new race (Bridlington, Scarborough, Selby, Wakefield, York, Leeds, North Yorkshire County Council and East Riding Council) and ASO (the Amaury Sports Organisation) regarding technical requirements to select the best route for this international road race. Also - it’s not possible over 3 days of circa 500km of racing to cover all the 10k kilometres of roads in Yorkshire!


What is the Tour de Yorkshire Ride?

The Tour de Yorkshire Ride is a unique opportunity for cyclists to ride the Tour de Yorkshire route, experience the Tour de France legacy and to pave the way for the pro riders. Thousands are expected to take part in the charity event, making it one of the biggest sportive in the UK.


What was great about the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire Ride?

  • Same routes, structures and spectators as for the pro race;
  • Finish on the Tour de Yorkshire finish line;
  • Winners’ ceremonies on the Tour de Yorkshire podium;
  • Tour de France legend and 5 times winner, Bernard Hinault, rode the route
  • Yorkshire style support through the towns and villages;
  • Comparison climb times with the Pros (check how you compare with the best);
  • Mechanical support – like the pros;
  • Medical support;
  • Sweep vehicle for those who cannot complete the route;
  • Energy drinks, bars and gels provided at feed stations;
  • Electronic chip timing;
  • Results texted to you as you cross the line;
  • Finisher’s medal


Will roads be closed during the Tour de Yorkshire Ride?

No, roads will remain open. Only rolling road closures will be in place during the Tour de Yorkshire Pro race


How old do I need to be to take part in the Tour de Yorkshire Ride?

You need to be 16 on 31 December 2015


What distance will the Tour de Yorkshire Ride be?

Click here for further information.


How much does the Tour de Yorkshire Ride cost?

Full details here.


I have a question about the Tour de Yorkshire Ride?

Please email


Where can I find out further information and the Tour de Yorkshire and the Tour de Yorkshire Ride?

There is further information here.


Who is the offical charity for the race?

This year we are proud to have RNLI as our charity.


Stay up to date

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