Women’s Race have been unveiled by Welcome to Yorkshire and ASO.
Millions of spectators are expected to line the route for the newly expanded four-day men’s
race and two-day women’s race which run between 3-6 May. The women’s stages will
commence in the morning with the men’s stages following in the afternoon.
Timings have been calculated by anticipating the peloton’s average speed but are subject to
change depending on variables such as wind speed, direction and how aggressively the riders
Timings for the race caravan have also been included and list the stop-off points where fans
will be treated to a host of promotional goodies from the official race partners.
Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity said: “It’s always exciting to share these
timings as spectators can now plan exactly where and when they want to watch the action.
Every time I see them I’m astonished by how quickly the peloton travels, but these are the
very best riders in the world after all!
“Of course, there is a huge amount of added entertainment planned across the county over
the full four days, and be sure to line the route early to see the colourful race caravan and
fleet of Yorkshire cycling legends pass through.”
The full schedule and race timings can be viewed online now at
Stage One: Thursday 3 May – Beverley to Doncaster, 182km (113.1 miles) for the men and
132.5km (82.3 miles) for the women
The men’s race exits Beverley’s historic marketplace at 13:50 before proceeding to the
seaside resort of Hornsea (14:23). The peloton will then tackle a 16km loop before heading
back through Beverley at 14:59 and into the Yorkshire Wolds. The first classified climb at
Baggaby Hill (16:07) will get the legs pumping before a brisk descent into Pocklington for the
opening intermediate sprint at 16:12. After passing the feed zone at Holme-on-Spalding Moor
(16:44) the pace will gradually ramp up again for a second sprint in Howden at 16:59. Then
it’s full steam into Doncaster on the newly opened Great Yorkshire Way. The riders will sweep
past the world-famous Racecourse before a flat-out finish along South Parade at
The opening women’s stage meanwhile, gets going in Beverley at 08:40 and will follow the
exact same route as the men once they have returned to Beverley. The women will contest
the Côte de Baggaby Hill at 09:53 just before the first intermediate sprint comes in
Pocklington at 09:57. The second sprint in Howden should take place at 10:50 and the action
is scheduled to reach its conclusion in Doncaster at 12:19.
Stage 2: Friday 4 May – Barnsley to Ilkley, 149km (92.6 miles) for the men and 124km (77.1
miles) for the women
The men’s peloton will start outside Barnsley’s impressive Town Hall at 14:20 and head
towards Penistone (14:44). The route ventures into Worsbrough at 15:04 and the first
mountains classification points are up for grabs on Blacker Hill at 15:10. With those in the bag
the race will pass through Wentworth at 15:17 before an intermediate sprint is contested in
Swinton at 15:28. Conisbrough Castle (15:36) provides a stunning backdrop before the riders
continue north for a second intermediate sprint in Scholes at 16:55, and Harewood House
(17:15) also makes an appearance prior to the classified Côte de Old Pool Bank climb at 17:33.
The route will then pass through Otley and Ilkley (17:37 and 17:51 respectively) before
reaching the race’s first-ever summit finish on the Cow and Calf at 17:57. In an added twist,
King of the Mountains points will also be on offer right before the stage winner is crowned on
top of this iconic Yorkshire climb.
Before all that, the women will commence in Barnsley at 09:00 will follow the exact same
route as the men from Worsbrough at 09:10. The riders will crest the Côte de Blacker Hill at
09:17 and duke out the first intermediate sprint in Swinton at 09:38. The second sprint in
Scholes comes at 11:19 before the Old Pool Bank climb at 12:04. Then it’s on to the Cow and
Calf where the winner of the race should be crowned at approximately 12:32.
Stage 3: Saturday 5 May – Richmond to Scarborough, 184km (114.3 miles)
The riders will roll out of Richmond’s cobbled marketplace at 13:10 and head through
Catterick Garrison before the start flag is lowered at 13:20. They’ll then traverse Wensleydale
and continue in an easterly direction at Leyburn (13:36), and on to Morton on Swale where
the first intermediate sprint will be fought out at 14:14. Northallerton and Thirsk will then
provide warm welcomes at 14:18 and 14:40 respectively, and no sooner have the riders
crossed into the North York Moors than they’ll be faced with the fearsome Sutton Bank climb
at 14:55. The action then passes through Helmsley at 15:11 and on to Pickering for a second
intermediate sprint at 15:42. The climbers will be looking to come to the fore again on the
Côte de Silpho at 16:25 before the race breezes into Scarborough for the first time at 16:38.
Hugging the east coast, the peloton will continue on to Filey and sample its picturesque
seafront at 16:58 before heading inland and back towards Scarborough. The frontrunners will
sweep along South Bay, around the castle walls, and onto the now-legendary finish along
North Bay at 17:38.
Stage 4: Sunday 6 May – Halifax to Leeds, 189.5km (117.7 miles)
The Piece Hall in Halifax provides a spectacular location for the start of this decisive stage at
12:10 and the first of six categorised climbs comes on the Côte de Hebden Bridge at 12:45.
The race will head up the cobbled Main Street in Haworth at 12:56 before dropping into
Goose Eye for the next punishing ascent at 13:07. Crossing from Brontë Country into Craven,
the route heads through Skipton at 13:21 and the next climb is looming on Barden Moor at
13:35. The action will then head into the Dales before the riders contest the first intermediate
sprint in view of Kilnsey Crag at 14:03. The Côte de Park Rash will no-doubt cement its place
in Tour de Yorkshire folklore as the peloton grind their way up it at 14:18, and the route
continues on to Masham (15:10) and then into Nidderdale before making a return to the
formidable Côte de Greenhow Hill for the first time since 2016 at 15:52. The undulating
terrain never relents and shortly after passing through Otley at 16:27 the next categorised
climb is on the cards at Otley Chevin (16:33). The race will pass Kirkstall Abbey at 16:49 before
the riders sweep into Leeds for a rip-roaring conclusion on The Headrow at 17:11 on the same
spot as where the Tour de France started in 2014.
Full details on the route can be found at http://letouryorkshire.com