The Tour de Yorkshire is the most famous road cycling race in the UK, bringing some of the biggest names in the sport to our county for an epic race, uphill and down dale. What began in 2015 as a legacy race from the Tour de France has quickly become one of the most celebrated sporting events in the country. Last year more than 2 million fans lined the route – enough people to fill more than 22 Wembley Stadiums!
And in 2018 the Tour will be bigger and better than ever, as it’s now been extended from three stages to four, running from Thursday May 3rd to Sunday May 6th. The ASDA Woman’s Tour De Yorkshire has also 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 the streets of West Leeds, right by our doorsteps.
The Route & Timings for viewing in West Leeds
Stage 1 of the race starts in Beverley, East Yorkshire on Thursday 3rd May and finishes in Doncaster. Friday 4th May stage 2 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. Stage 3, on Saturday 5th, runs from Richmond to Scarborough.
The final stage on the 6th May is the longest of them all and the one that brings the race to West Leeds. Starting in Halifax it takes a loop up through the Dales before entering Leeds to the North of the city at Bramhope. It then passes down 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 with a spectacular crowd at the Town Hall at 5pm. You can see the race maps and timing for each stage in more detail on the Tour de Yorkshire website here.
The woman’s race will follow Stage 1 & 2 above.
If you’re going along to spectate why not make a day of it as a family. Watch the fun Publicity Caravan and then the race itself from the roadside, anywhere along the route. Then pop for something to eat at one of our Mumbler recommended cafes or restaurants. Or if your house, garden, school or community centre is on the route itself, why not join it by putting up some Tour de Yorkshire decorations or creating some land art that can be seen from the TV helicopters!
What else is on?
One thing is certain about the Tour De Yorkshire…Yorkshire will put on a great celebration! There was a huge turn out for the race last year, with local communities getting into the spirit of the day and putting on great events and fun activities.
As details emerge closer to the time, we will list all the family-friendly activities that will be happening in and around West Leeds here on the website. Be sure to check back on this page nearer the time for all the latest updates. You can also follow us on Facebook
If you’re visiting the area why not make the most of your time here and visit some of the beautiful places we have here in West Leeds. For ideas on places to go including stately homes, parks, museums to name a few, have a look at our Days Out page.
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, its a great day out. To enter the sportive click here.
If you want to list your business or promote an event you are running to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire please contact me here