Unfortunately the race doesn’t pass through Harrogate this time, however it does come very close and there are plenty of places within 30 mins- 1 hrs drive where you can see the action.
The Tour de Yorkshire began in 2015 as a legacy race from the Tour de France but has quickly become one of the most celebrated sporting events in the country. For 2018 the Tour will be bigger and better than ever, running from Thursday May 3rd to Sunday May 6th, it now has 4 stages rather than 3 and the ASDA Woman’s Tour De Yorkshire race has doubled in size from one to two days.
Here you’ll find everything you need to know about watching and supporting the race, as it passes through Yorkshire. If you didn’t take part in the 2015 Tour de France celebrations in Harrogate, I’d really recommend that you get involved in the event this time. There is so much for families the publicity caravan which goes along the route before the race was such a massive hit with the Mumbler family!
The Route & Timings (Please note, all information is subject to change so please check with the official Tour de Yorkshire website prior to travelling)
Stage 1 of the race starts in Beverley, East Yorkshire on Thursday 3rd May and finishes in Doncaster.
(Main locations on the route stage 1: BEVERLEY, HORNSEA, CHERRY BURTON, SOUTH DALTON, POCKLINGTON, HOLME ON SPALDING MOOR, HOWDEN, RAWCLIFFE, DONCASTER)
Stage 2 on Friday 4th May sets out from Barnsley and skirts around the East of Leeds including Garforth, Barwick in Elmet, Scholes, Thorner, Bardsey, East Keswick and Harewood, before taking in the Cote de Old Pool Bank and finishing at the top of the Cote de Cow and Calf in Ilkley to finish.
(Main locations on the Route stage 2: BARNSLEY, PENISTONE, CONISBROUGH, SOUTH ELMSALL, PONTEFRACT, CASTLEFORD, KIPPAX, OTLEY, ILKLEY)
Stage 3, on Saturday 5th, runs from Richmond to Scarborough, the closest that it passes to Harrogate is Bedale and Northallerton.
(Main locations on the Route stage 3: RICHMOND, LEYBURN, BEDALE, NORTHALLERTON, THIRSK, HELMSLEY, PICKERING, FILEY, SCARBOROUGH)
Stage 4 on Sunday 6th May passes very close to Harrogate, taking in villages to the north and west of our town including Masham, Grewelthorpe, Kirkby Malzeard, Glassshouses, Pateley Bridge, Blubberhouses, Otley, Pool-in-wharfedale and then into Leeds.
The finish in Leeds follows the following route: Otley Road, through West Park and onto Kirkstall Road at the Abbey at around 4.30pm. The route then crosses Kirkstall Bridge and travels out along Armley Ridge Road and Cockshott Lane to the by-pass. Before cutting through the centre of Armley, across to Burley Road and back in to Leeds City Centre to finish at the Town Hall at 5pm.
(Main locations on the Route stage 4: HALIFAX, HEBDEN BRIDGE, HAWORTH, SKIPTON, BURNSALL, KILNSEY, KETTLEWELL, MIDDLEHAM, MASHAM, PATELEY BRIDGE, OTLEY, LEEDS)
You can see the race maps and timing for each stage in more detail on the Tour de Yorkshire website here.
Get involved in the sportive
People over the age of 15 can cycle the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride. The sportive takes place on Sunday 6th May in Leeds, on the same day and roads as the 4th and final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire pro race. There are 3 distances available; 49km, 84km, 129km and over 6,000 riders will take part. If you’ve got older children into cycling, it’s a great day out. To enter the sportive click here.