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 2018 and an outstanding event in the international cycling calendar, with some of the top international teams taking part and a two day women's race taking place between 3 - 4 May. It will be broadcast live on TV in the UK and worldwide. It has 4 stages: Stage 1 starts in Beverley and finishes on Doncaster. Stage 2 starts in Barnsley and finishes in Ilkley. Stage 3 starts in Richmond and finishes in Scarborough. Stage 4 starts in Halifax and finishes in Leeds.
WHEN IS IT TAKING PLACE?
The next Tour de Yorkshire will be held between 3 - 6 May 2018.
HOW LONG IS THE ROUTE?
The men's course will cover 711KM (442 miles) over four stages - one stage each day, full details.
The women's course will cover 256.5KM (159 miles) over two stages - one stage each day, 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.
There are some sections of the route that need to be closed for longer periods, these are:
Stage 2 - Cote de Blacker Hill, Barnsley / Cote de Old Pool Bank, Pool in Wharfedale / Cote de Cow and Calf, Hangingstone Road, Ilkley
Stage 3 - Cote de Sutton Bank / Cote de Silpho / Scarborough Sea Front
Stage 4 - Haworth Main Street (restricted access normally) / Cote de Goose Eye / Cote de Park Rash (Cam Gill Road, Kettlewell to Carlton in Coverdale will be closed with managed resident access) / Cote de Greenhow Hill / Cote de East Chevin Road, Otley / Blackhill Road, Arthington
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?
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?
The men's teams can be seen here.
The women's teams can be seen here.
HOW MANY SPECTATORS ARE EXPECTED?
We saw around 2.2 million people come out to watch the race in 2017, we hope many more will watch come to watch the race in 2018.
WHAT ARE THE TIMINGS FOR THE RACE?
These are available 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. The entire race is also broadcast live on ITV4, here's the full schedule.
HOW CAN MY BUSINESS GET INVOLVED WITH THE RACE?
We have put together a business toolkit to help Yorkshire-based businesses. For further details click here.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED/VOLUNTEER?
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.
CAN I APPLY FOR PRESS ACCREDITATION FOR THE TOUR DE YORKSHIRE?
Please contact Nick Howes.
WILL THERE BE TELEVISION COVERAGE?
Yes, all 4 stages and the Women's Race (2 stages) will be televised live.
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 continue to work with local authorities who were keen to support the new race and A.S.O. regarding technical requirements to select the best route for this international road race.
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.
WILL ROADS BE CLOSED DURING THE TOUR DE YORKSHIRE RIDE?
No, roads will remain open with the exception of Cote de Greenhow Hill
HOW MUCH DOES THE TOUR DE YORKSHIRE RIDE COST?
Full details here.
I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE TOUR DE YORKSHIRE RIDE?
Please email email@example.com.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOUR DE YORKSHIRE RIDE?
There is further information here.
WHO IS THE OFFICIAL CHARITY FOR THE RACE?
The 2018 official race charity will be Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
TRANSPORT & TRAVEL
For more information on road closures click here.
For additional road closure and travel information for North Yorkshire, please go to www.northyorks.gov.uk/tour
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