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 - at approximately 180km per stage.
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.
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 and Welcome to Yorkshire - supported by British Cycling and local authorities throughout Yorkshire.
Which riders and teams will be competing?
Details are still to be announced but we are expecting to see top international cyclist teams back in Yorkshire for the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire.
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.
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.
How can I get involved/volunteer?
Welcome to Yorkshire will be contacting the Tour Makers who supported the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014 and recruiting a smaller number of Tour Makers to support the Tour de Yorkshire.
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.