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Tour de Yorkshire 2018 Highlights

Yorkshire is proud to host the return of one of cycling's most dramatic and best supported events! The Tour de Yorkshire is back for the fourth edition from May 3 to May 6.


The race will take the Peloton from the cobbled market place of Richmond to Catterick Garrison before the start flag is lowered. The route takes in some of North Yorkshire's finest market towns traversing Wensleydale and continuing easterly towards Thirsk via Leyburn and Northallerton. 

The classified climbs up the fearsome Côte de Sutton Bank and the action then heads eastwards towards the coast through the market towns of Helmley and Pickering. The legs get pumping as the race hits the challenging Côte de Silpho before coming through Scalby Village for the first time and hurtling towards Scarborough for its first visit of the day.

The Peloton then heads to the picturesque Filey seafront before racing back towards Scarborough via Muston and Cayton before the final sweep and sprint along the South Bay towards the now legendary finish along the North Bay.


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Timings of the Race

Timings (based on 44 km/h) are estimates; they may change depending on race speed and conditions:

*A caravan of 30 decorated vehicles will be driving the stage 3 route about an hour before the race. They will be stopping in key locations to give out souvenirs and bring that popular carnival atmosphere to the roadside*

1. Richmond - Official Start 13:20
Watch on the big screen on Pembrook Gardens or enjoy the street performances.

2. Northallerton - 14:15

3. Thirsk - 14:36

4. Sutton Bank - 14:50
As soon as the riders cross in to the North York Moors they will be faced with on of Yorkshire's most iconic landmarks and the first classified climb. The fearsome Sutton Bank! Join the party at the Sutton Bank National Park Centre for spectacular views, including big screen coverage of the entire race.

5. Helmsley - 15:06
Helmsley, situated in the stunning North York Moors National Park makes a great setting to watch the race. The Peloton will come bustling through the market town, past the charming tea rooms and inviting pubs.

6. Pickering - 15:35
Watch out for the cycling themed display on the roundabout where the A170 and A169 meet. Newbridge Park will also be selling bacon sandwiches to race day crowds to help raise funds.

7. Scalby - 16:25
Scalby village on the north side of Scarborough will welcome the race for the first time, and is the perfect location to watch the race with its picturesque surroundings and local facilities. These include a hot dog stand, local eateries and pubs.

8. Scarborough - 16:29
The tour then heads to Britain's first seaside resort for the first time during this stage. There will be a range of FREE family activities and entertainment at Peasholm Park. The Peloton will travel along Columbus Ravine and past the legendary Stephen Joseph Theatre before heading south across Valley Bridge and towards Filey Road.

9. Filey - 16:48
The bells of St Oswalds will greet the Peloton as they race towards the coble landing. Keep an eye out for cycle themed wooden art on the roundabout, decorations, and live entertainment from resident singer songwriter Ali Bullivent. The cyclists will take in the views of the golden sand as spectators gather in Crescent Gardens while enjoying the Filey Folk Festival!

10. Scarborough - 17:26
The Peloton will arrive back in historic Scarborough for the second time with a burst of speed from Muston and Cayton. The Peloton will then hurtle towards the South Bay before the atmospheric final sprint on North Bay. Race day crowds can enjoy an array of unique entertainment, stalls and refreshments. 

Race Day Fun for Everyone...

Scarborough Entertainment
The North Bay finish line area hosts a range of activities in the FREE FAMILY FUN ZONE. Including: -

• A 25 foot Climbing Wall with four different rock faces for up to 25 people (adults and children) at a time. Skilled instructor’s onsite and harnesses and helmets provided.
• Face Painting & Balloon Modelling
• Crazy Combat Giant inflatable assault course
• All the fun of the fair with Chair O Planes, T Cups, Inflatable Slide, Mega Minions Bouncy Castle and Bungee Run!
Other highlights include: -
• Community Cycle Ride (14:00)
• Entertainment from the Jelly Roll Jazz Band
• Big Bike Beat Band
• Goldwing’s Parade (15:00)
• Children's races over the finish line (12:30)
• Team Coaches (15:30 - 16:00)
• The Caravan (16:30)
• Official Race Riders (17:30)

Filey Entertainment
• Tours, bell ringing and refreshments at St Oswald’s Church 9 – 5pm
• RNLI open weekend at the Coble Landing including Lifeboat on display and stalls.
• Local Tour De Yorkshire singer, songwriter Ali Bullivent performs specially written songs at the RNLI at 12:30 pm.
• Formation cycling by Filey Sea Cadets & Bike about Filey on Filey Beach
• Performances all afternoon from musicians at Filey Folk Festival at the Band Stand, Crescent Gardens, Filey.
• Tour De Yorkshire and Cycle themed writing performed by the Creative Writing Group at Filey Library
• Community competition including 'best dressed premises'
• There will also be a big screen to watch all the race day action!

The official site of the Tour de Yorkshire

For more information on parking in Scarborough and Filey please visit

For more information on parking in Pickering and Helmsley please visit


How Road Closures Will Work
During the Tour de Yorkshire there will be rolling road closures in place before, during and immediately after the race has passed. These are expected to last for around an hour. The start at Richmond, the finish at Scarborough, some of the climbs and busier locations will require longer road closures to ensure the safety of the race, riders and the spectators. The impact in terms of road closures and parking restrictions will be kept to a minimum. There will also be parking restrictions in place along the race route. 

For details of the parking restrictions,road closuers and parking, visit 

Where to Stay


What's on - Tour de Yorkshire Weekend

The 2018 Festival of Speed will take place at the famous Oliver's Mount race circuit, the proving ground for many of the world's greatest motorcycling champions and TT stars. On May 5-7, the event will also include a car and bike show that will feature all kinds of vehicles from through the ages. Tickets from £10 available at
Situated outside the Brunwick Shopping Centre on Scarborough's busy high street, Westborough. The Food Fair will be on May 5 and will offer up some of Yorkshire's locally produced crafts, foods and drinks.
You can catch well over 150 acts on May 4 to May 7, performing a broad range of folk, blues, traditional, country and acoustic at participating warm and friendly venues in Filey. Pub/Café/Restaurant & Guitar Shop gigs run all weekend and admission is FREE for everyone. There are also pay on the door/ticketed evening concerts at the Evron Centre and the Masonic Hall. Prices vary from £3 for daytime to £10 for evening concerts. Tickets for paid events available from Filey Travel - 01723 512229
A Klezmer-ish is what happens when four classically trained musicians let their hair down, explore a wide range of music from travelling people across the world and fuse it all together into their own unique sound! Klezmer-ish will be at Stephen Joseph Theatre for one night only on May 5! Tickets available from the box office - 01723 370541
A fantastic, fun filled day at the Scarborough Spa for all the family to enjoy on May 6 from 10am - 5pm. There will be over 60+ stalls of vintage everything! From fashion to vinyl, and homeware to jewellery. Enjoy a proper 1940’s dinner in the NAAFI café, plus a vintage hair salon, classic cars, scooters & bikes. £3 Entry, £2 Concessions and U12’s free