Tour de Yorkshire route announcement
Scarborough will once again host a Tour de Yorkshire stage finish in 2018, the only town to achieve the accolade in each edition of the race since it began in 2015.
It was announced today by race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) that Scarborough will host the finish of Stage Three of the Tour de Yorkshire on Saturday 5 May and for the very first time, the race route will take in the neighbouring town of Filey.
Professional racing cyclists from around the world will battle it out over four stages for next year’s Tour de Yorkshire trophy between Thursday 3 and Sunday 6 May, a day longer than the previous three editions of the race.
Stage Three, titled the Market Towns stage, will start in the Yorkshire Dales town of Richmond and finish in Scarborough’s North Bay against the magnificent backdrop of the castle headland. On the way, the route will take in two King of the Mountain climbs at Sutton Bank, hugely popular with crowds during the second edition of the race in 2016, and at Silpho, near Scarborough. Riders will then race north to south through the centre of Scarborough before heading along the picturesque seafront at Filey and then back into Scarborough, passing through Ramshill, along South Bay, around the castle walls and onto the now-legendary finish in North Bay.
Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said:
“We know how popular and exciting a sprint to the line in Scarborough’s North Bay is for riders, organisers and spectators, so we’re absolutely delighted to be given another chance to showcase a memorable finish in 2018.
“We’re also over the moon to see that Filey, for the first time, will get a chance to shine in next year’s Tour de Yorkshire. The town’s community will, without a doubt, pull out all the stops to welcome the race to the Yorkshire coast in true Filey style.”
Cllr Andrew Jenkinson, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture, added:
“The Tour de Yorkshire is firmly established as one of the most exciting sporting events on the Yorkshire coast’s event calendar and for the fourth year running we will get to showcase the very best of the Borough of Scarborough to a global audience. On top of that, the bumper crowds of visitors that a weekend stage of the Tour de Yorkshire brings, will be fantastic for local businesses.”
Stage One of the Tour de Yorkshire on Thursday 3 May, the Arts and Culture stage, will start in Beverley and take in a fast route through the Yorkshire Wolds for a finish in Doncaster. On Friday 4 May, the South to West Yorkshire route of Stage Two (Yorkshire Heritage) will see riders race from Barnsley to Ilkley with a King of the Mountain climb to the finish line at the top of the Cow and Calf, the first ever summit finish for the Tour de Yorkshire.
Stage Four on Sunday 6 May, aptly named The Yorkshire Terrier, is once again designed to test the riders with some of the most challenging terrain the county has to offer. The decisive route from Halifax to Leeds contains no less than six King of the Mountain climbs before finishing on The Headrow in the centre of Leeds, on exactly the same spot as the start of the Tour de France in 2014.
The Tour de Yorkshire is organised and promoted by ASO and Welcome to Yorkshire with support from British Cycling and local authorities across Yorkshire. This year’s third edition of the race saw a record 2.2 million spectators line the route and it generated £64 million for the Yorkshire economy. The action was also beamed live in 180 countries and attracted 9.7 million global TV viewers on Eurosport and ITV alone.
More information about the Tour de Yorkshire can be found on the new look race website at: www.letour.yorkshire.com