Tour de Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Tour de Yorkshire?

A new UCI-approved 2.1 Europe Tour international cycle race that will be one of the biggest cycle races in the UK in 2015 and an outstanding event in the international cycling calendar, with some of the top international teams taking part and a women’s race on 2nd May.  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 for the first time from 1-3 May 2015.


How long is the route?

The complete course will cover three stages - one stage each day:

  • Stage 1 is 174KM
  • Stage 2 is 174KM
  • Stage 3 is 167KM


Where will the race go?

STAGE 1 - Bridlington to Scarborough, 174KM -  View map »

STAGE 2 - Selby to York, 174KM - View map »

STAGE 3 - Wakefield to Leeds, 167KM - View map »


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 and will be announced nearer the race weekend. Find out more information about what roads will be closed and your travel options.


Who is paying for road repairs?

The roads on the route of the Tour de Yorkshire are fit for the race and only a few very minor repairs will be needed.


Will the route be the same each year?

No, the route around Yorkshire will be different every year.


Who is organising the Race?

The race is being organised by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and Welcome to Yorkshire - supported by British Cycling and 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 nod to the French origins of the race.


Which riders and teams will be competing?

Check out the teams here and the riders here.


What will the Jerseys look like?

You can view the race jerseys here.


How many spectators are expected?

We are expecting circa one million people to turn out to watch the race. Many more will watch the race on television as it will be broadcast in the UK and throughout Europe.


What are the timings for the race?

Timings can be view here.


Where can I watch the race?

Spectators will be able to watch the event for free anywhere along the route but obviously start, finish and climb locations will be most popular. Click here for further information on how best to plan your day.


How can I get involved/volunteer?

All our Tour Makers have now been chosen.


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?

The race will be broadcast on a UK television channel - a mixture of highlights and live coverage - an announcement will be made soon. The race will also be broadcast on Eurosport and will be shown by 70 countries around the world. Click here for full details.


Will there be another Yorkshire Festival?

The next Yorkshire Festival will be held in 2016 however there will be a smaller Tour de Yorkshire Festival in the lead up to the race. It will take place from 1 April to 3 May 2015.


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

The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire will take 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.


When will the Tour de Yorkshire Ride take place?

The sportive will take place on the same day and roads as the 3rd and final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire - Sunday, 3 May. The route will also take in some of the Tour de France 2014 route through Yorkshire.


What distance will the Tour de Yorkshire Ride be?

There will be three distances and a women only Cycletta. The provisional distances are 140km, 108km and 50km and 50km for the Cycletta.


How much does the Tour de Yorkshire Ride cost?

  • £42 for the 50km sportive
  • £46 for the 100km sportive
  • £49 for the 140km sportive


What's great about the 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, to ride 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 2014


What if we want to get involved as a charity?

We will shortly be announcing the official charity of the Tour de Yorkshire. However this does not preclude other charities for holding fund raising events during the race.


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.


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