Tour de Yorkshire 2018 North Leeds

Tour de Yorkshire 2018 in North Leeds

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The Tour de Yorkshire in the North Leeds

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  North Leeds.

The Route & Timings for viewing in North 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. 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. 

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 North Leeds. Follow us on Facebook and check back on this page nearer the time for all the latest updates.

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 North 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, it’s 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 

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Tour de Yorkshire Route Details & Timings Stage 2 & 4

The Full Route: Stage 2

The start of stage 2 will loop around Barnsley’s impressive Town Hall before heading towards Silkstone and Penistone. The route briefly skirts the River Don before venturing past Wentworth Castle and into Worsbrough. The first mountains classification points are up for grabs at Blacker Hill. The race will then pass Elsecar Heritage Centre before an intermediate sprint in Swinton. Conisbrough Castle provides another stunning spectacle before the riders continue north where they are sure to receive warm welcomes in Pontefract, Castleford and Garforth before the second intermediate sprint in Scholes. Harewood House makes an appearance prior to the Cote de Old Pool Bank before the route passes through the cycling hotbed of Otley. The race then reaches its first-ever summit finish in Ilkley on the Cow & Calf. With King of the Mountain points on offer right until the end, on to of this iconic Yorkshire climb.*

Stage 2: Approx Timings in North Leeds Women’s Race

For the full details of the route timings for Stage 2 visit the Tour de Yorkshire website here.

  • Barwick – 11:07
  • Scholes – 11:12
  • Thorner – 11:18
  • Bardsey – 11:25
  • East Keswick – 11:28
  • Crossroads LR – Ag599 – 11:30
  • Harewood – 11:35
  • Crossroads A61 -LR – 11:40
  • Weeton- 11:43

Stage 2: Approx Timings in North Leeds Men’s Race

For the full details of the route timings for Stage 2 visit the Tour de Yorkshire website here.

  • Barwick – 16:44
  • Scholes – 16:49
  • Thorner – 16:53
  • Bardsey – 16:59
  • East Keswick – 17:02
  • Crossroads LR – Ag599 – 17:04
  • Harewood – 17:06
  • Crossroads A61 -LR – 17:12
  • Weeton- 17:15

* Source Tour de Yorkshire website

The Full Route: Stage 4

The Piece Hall in Halifax provides a spectacular location for the start of this decisive final stage. The first of six categorised climbs come on the Cote de Hebden Bridge before the race heads up the famous cobbles of Haworth before dropping into Goose Eye for the next punishing ascent. The route heads past Skipton’s medieval Castle and with the climb of Barden Moor up next. The stage then heads into the Yorkshire Dales, passing Barden Tower before the first sprint in Kilsney. The riders then grind up the Cote de Park Rash, stragglers will seek to rejoin the group on the descent into Middleham. The action continues to Masham and into Nidderdale before making a return to the Cote de Greenhow Hill. The undulating terrain never relents, after passing through Otley the Cote de Otley Chevin awaits. If that wasn’t enough, Black Hill Road must also be tackled before the race sweeps into Leeds where the action reaches a rip-roaring conclusion on The Headrow outside Leeds Town Hall.*

Approx Timings in North Leeds

For the full details of the route timings for Stage 4 visit the Tour de Yorkshire website here.

  • Arthington -16:33
  • Kirkstall – 16:36
  • Crossroads LR – A660 16:39
  • Leeds – 16:57

* Source Tour de Yorkshire website

*Source Welcome to Yorkshire