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We are thrilled to be hosting the fourth edition of the Tour de Yorkshire – a race which is now considered one of cycling’s most dramatic and best supported events. Seeing it develop as a legacy of the 2014 Grand Départ is one of our team’s proudest achievements, it still gives me goosebumps whenever I see masses of cycling fans lining our county’s roads. Our race is going from strength to strength and we are delighted to see the men’s race growing from three to four days this year, and the women’s race doubling in size to two days. This will give us the ability to design a more varied route which showcases Yorkshire’s stunning scenery and delivers spectacular action.
Sir Gary Verity Chief Executive Welcome to Yorkshire
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STAGE 1 ARTS AND CULTURE • Thursday 3 May 182 km • Beverley > Doncaster Women’s Race 132.5 km The world’s top female and male riders will set off from the historical market place in Beverley for the start of this year’s Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race and the men’s Tour de Yorkshire. The women’s race will depart first with the riders passing through the 15th century North Bar before waving goodbye to Beverley Minster and heading into the Yorkshire Wolds. The men’s race departs later in the day with the peloton heading for the first time to the seaside resort of Hornsea, it will then return on a 16km loop back to Beverley, via the minster where they then pick up the same route as the women’s race. The riders will then tackle the first classified climb at Baggaby Hill, the legs will be pumping before a brisk descent into Pocklington for the opening intermediate sprint. After sweeping through Holme-upon-Spalding-Moor the pace will ramp up again for a second sprint in Howden and the route will pass its Grade I listed minster before continuing on to Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Then it’s full steam into Doncaster on the newly opened Great Yorkshire Way, the riders will sweep past landmarks such as The Dome and the world-famous racecourse before a flat-out finish along Bennetthorpe where Kirsten Wild and Danny van Poppel were victorious in 2016.
STAGE 2 YORKSHIRE HERITAGE • Friday 4 May 149 km • Barnsley > Ilkley Women’s Race 128 km The final decisive stage of the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race will start with a loop around Barnsley’s impressive Town Hall before heading towards Worsbrough. The men’s route then deviates slightly as the peloton heads out towards Silkstone and Penistone, briefly skirting the River Don before venturing past Wentworth Castle and into Worsbrough to re-join and follow the same route as the women’s race. The first mountains classification points are up for grabs at Blacker Hill, before the race passes Elsecar Heritage Centre. The cyclists may catch a glimpse of Wentworth Woodhouse before they contest an intermediate sprint in Swinton. Conisbrough Castle will provide another stunning spectacle before the riders continue north where they are sure to receive a warm welcome in Pontefract, Castleford and Garforth before a second intermediate sprint takes place in Scholes. Harewood House makes an appearance prior to the classified Côte de Old Pool Bank, and the route will pass through the cycling hotbeds of Otley and Ilkley before reaching the race’s first-ever summit finish on the Cow and Calf. In an added twist, Queen and King of the Mountain points will also be on offer right before the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race and the Tour de Yorkshire men’s stage winners are crowned on top of this iconic Yorkshire climb.
STAGE 3 YORKSHIRE MARKET TOWNS • Saturday 5 May 181 km • Richmond > Scarborough The riders will roll out of Richmond’s cobbled market place and head close to Easby Abbey and into Catterick Garrison before the start flag is lowered. This stage could easily have been named the stage of the castles and abbeys as the stage passes ten throughout the day. They’ll then pass Wensleydale and head in an easterly direction at Leyburn, passing through Bedale and on to Morton on Swale where the first intermediate sprint will be fought out. Northallerton and Thirsk are the next market towns on the agenda and no sooner have the riders crossed into the North York Moors National Park they’ll be faced with the fearsome Sutton Bank climb. The first contenders over the top will be rewarded with points in the mountains classification. The action passes through historic Helmsley and then it’s on to Pickering for a second intermediate sprint. The climbers will be looking to come to the fore again on the Côte de Silpho before the race breezes into Scarborough for the first time. Hugging the east coast, the peloton will continue on to Filey and sample its picturesque seafront before heading back inland towards Folkton. From there the route visits Cayton and Irton before heading back into Scarborough. The frontrunners will sweep along South Bay, around the castle walls, and onto the now-legendary finish along North Bay.
STAGE 4 THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER • Sunday 6 May 189.5 km • Halifax > Leeds The Grade I listed Piece Hall in Halifax is a spectacular location for the start of this decisive stage. The first of six categorised climbs comes on the Côte de Hebden Bridge and the race will then head up the cobbled Main Street in Haworth before dropping into Goose Eye for the next punishing ascent. Crossing from Brontë Country into Craven, the route heads past Skipton Castle and the next climb is looming on the horizon at Barden Moor. The race then heads into the Yorkshire Dales National Park passing Barden Tower and through Burnsall before the riders contest the first intermediate sprint in view of Kilnsey Crag. The Côte de Park Rash will no-doubt cement its place in Tour de Yorkshire folklore as the riders grind their way up it, and any stragglers will seek to regain parity on the subsequent descent into Middleham. The action continues on to Masham – home of the Black Sheep Brewery – and then into Nidderdale before passing through Pateley Bridge and making a return to the formidable Côte de Greenhow Hill. Shortly after Otley the next categorised climb is at Otley Chevin. The race then sweeps into Leeds, where the riders will get a great view of Kirkstall Abbey before the action reaches a rip-roaring conclusion on The Headrow – on the same spot where the Tour de France started in 2014.
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YORKSHIRE DALES DENT
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Old Pool Bank
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Cow and Calf
Tour de Yorkshire Stages
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Heritage Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Approximate race timings Stage 1 Women’s race
Stage 1 Men’s race
3 May 2018 132.5km Beverley to Doncaster
Stage 2 Women’s race
3 May 2018 182km Beverley to Doncaster
Stage 2 Men’s race
4 May 2018 128km Barnsley to Ilkley
Stage 3 Men’s race
4 May 2018 149km Barnsley to Ilkley
5 May 2018 181km Richmond to Scarborough
Côte de Blacker Hill
Côte de Blacker Hill
Côte de Baggaby Hill
Côte de Baggaby Hill
Côte de Sutton Bank
Pool in Wharfedale
Pool in Wharfedale
Côte de Old Pool Bank
Côte de Old Pool Bank
Hatfield Blaxton Doncaster
11.32 11.50 12.08
Blaxton 17.51 Doncaster
13.25 15.11 15.33
14.20 15.40 15.59
16.05 17.22 17.25
6 May 2018 189.5km Halifax to Leeds Location
Côte de Goose Eye
Côte de Barden Moor
Côte de Park Rash
Côte de Greenhow Hill
Côte de Otley Chevin
Côte de Silpho
Don’t miss any of the action. Download complete race timings at letouryorkshire.com/timings Race timings are correct at the time of print and may be subject to change.
Stage 4 Men’s race
REDCAR BARNARD CASTLE
A67 KIRKBY STEPHEN
NORTH YORK MOORS
ROBIN HOOD’S BAY
These maps are not to scale and are for illustration purposes only. All information is correct at the time of print and may be subject to change.
Old Pool Bank
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Cow and Calf
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PONTEFRACT PONT P TEFR RACT
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HOLMFIR FIRTH HOLMFIRTH
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THE RACE AMBASSADORS
THE TOUR DE YORKSHIRE CARAVAN
YORKSHIRE’S CYCLING LEGENDS Get up close and personal to Yorkshire’s legendary cyclists at this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. Race ambassadors will visit key points on the route before the racing starts to pose for pictures, sign autographs and get the crowds going for the race. Our Tour de Yorkshire ambassadors, will travel ahead of the publicity caravan and will be compèred by one of Britain’s greatest former professional cyclists, Hugh Porter MBE.
M irfield’s Brian Robinson, the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour de France will be joined by Leeds own Denise Burton-Cole and Wakefield’s Barry Hoban.
Brian Robinson competes in the 1958 Tour de France (centre)
BIGGER AND BETTER IN 2018 The colourful and creative publicity caravan returns to the Tour de Yorkshire for a third year.
£10 DISCOUNT VOUCHER Welcome to Yorkshire has teamed up with award winning Yorkshire artist Lucy Pittaway to create the official pictures of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire. 2018 sees Lucy break from the tradition of painting just one official piece, to release no less than five official pictures. Four represent each stage of the newly extended four-day men’s race and two-day women’s race, with a fifth picture depicting the brutal climb up and over the iconic Park Rash. This voucher entitles the holder to £10 off any print at a Lucy Pittaway Art Gallery or www.lucypittaway.co.uk quoting discount code LPTDY18
This hugely popular spectacle sees some of the county’s best-loved brands travel ahead of the riders in a parade of specially decorated vehicles.
Look out for the Tour de Yorkshire caravan which will be calling at designated points along the route, the publicity caravan is a spectacle not to be missed.
PLANNING YOUR TOUR WEEKEND... WHERE TO WATCH Think about what you want to see and plan your day. As you will be able to move between each stage you will have the option to see both the starts and the finishes. the start - where the riders set out; Beverley, Barnsley, Richmond and Halifax. the finish - where they compete for the best time; Doncaster, Ilkley, Scarborough and Leeds. a highlight - a much anticipated climb or the sprinters going all out for glory. Wherever you choose to watch, make a weekend of it! Come early and sample the best the local area has to offer. The most popular spots will fill up fast, so you might want to be in position early to get a place.
Find places to stay and things to do for a great family day out at yorkshire.com Roads along the route. The impact on the roads will be limited. In most cases the roads will be closed on a rolling road closure basis lasting no more than an hour. The only exception will be the start and finish locations and some climbs where the road closures will be longer. Road closures will be managed by the police. Please remember not to park on the race route. To find out further details including public transport and car parking links go to letouryorkshire.com.
ASDA TOUR DE YORKSHIRE WOMEN’S RACE Yorkshire continues to lead the way when it comes to promoting women’s cycling. 2018 will see the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race increased to two days. The Tour de Yorkshire is proud of its commitment to equality and will see the top female riders from across the world gather in Beverley and Barnsley to compete for a prize fund of £50,000 - making it one of the most lucrative events in the sport.
MADE FOR CYCLING
The Tour de Yorkshire is an annual international cycle race taking in some of the county’s most spectacular scenery and holds a 2.1 European tour UCI classification. This four day event attracts some of the most famous names in the sport – Thomas Voeckler, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Marcel Kittel and 2017 champion Serge Pauwels having all competed on Yorkshire soil. Not only is Yorkshire the largest county in Britain, it is also wonderfully diverse, offering romantic moorland, pretty villages, lively cities and a grand coastline. You’ll find world-class attractions, award winning sights and Michelin Star restaurants aplenty, but you’ll also discover that Yorkshire has retained its own charm. With three National Parks – the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and the Peak District – you won’t find better countryside anywhere in Britain. The fourth edition promises to be equally spectacular and is a race not to be missed!
SPORTIVE The 2018 Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride gives 6,000 amateur cyclists the chance to ride the same roads as the pros and this year it starts and finishes in Leeds on Sunday 6 May. Participants can choose to tackle one of three loops, which will be suitable for all abilities. As always, this popular sportive culminates on the same finish line where the world’s elite will be battling it out just a few hours later. For more information go to letouryorkshire.com/sportive
RESPECT, PROTECT AND ENJOY... Respect other people. Consider the local community and others enjoying the race; don’t block gates, driveways or roads; leave the area as you find it; and follow paths. Protect the environment. Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home. Enjoy the race. Plan ahead and be prepared. Follow advice and local signs. Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire pass through some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. Help us to keep it this way by following these simple guidelines. Farmland and footpaths For your safety and the protection of the countryside leave gates as you find them, and only follow designated footpaths. Keep away from crops, machinery and animals. Use gates, stiles or gaps in boundaries and leave them as you find them. Don’t climb over hedges – you might damage them and disturb plants and wildlife. Respect signs and do not trespass on private land.
Photography and drones Take pictures but do so safely and don’t obstruct the riders. Please be extra careful with selfie sticks. The use of drones is strictly prohibited during the entire race weekend.
Dry stone walls In Yorkshire, we have miles and miles of wonderful dry stone walls. Preserve and protect our dry stone walls by not sitting on or near them. Please park in allocated areas only.
Dogs Keep them on a short lead to protect them and nearby wildlife. Stick to footpaths and bridleways – open moorland is home to nesting birds, and dogs are not allowed on most heather moorland. Keeping your dog on a lead is important, especially near the race. There have been crashes in the past when dogs have escaped onto the route.
Fires and barbeques Be extremely careful with flames and cigarettes – it only takes one spark to start a fire. Avoid barbeques to protect farmland, the countryside and others.
Grass verges Grass verges are home to protected species of wildflowers and wildlife. Avoid parking on them, or near them where you might cause damage.
MILLENNIUM SQUARE, LEEDS 28 APRIL - 6 MAY 2018 Millennium Square in Leeds will be transformed into a giant cultural hub as the Tour de Yorkshire and Leeds International Festival come together to launch The Village in the heart of the city centre. F amily fun over nine days including cycling, music, art and animation will take centre stage as a host of attractions are lined up in the Leeds International Festival Spiegeltent and the Tour de Yorkshireâ€™s fan hub.
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MILLENNIUM SQUARE, LEEDS 2 MAY 2018, FROM 6PM A free public event launching the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire. Featuring entertainment, music and celebrities from the world of cycling, this event will be a spectacular show to start the race weekend.
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