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County prepares for the fourth Tour de Yorkshire

The route for 2018’s event was announced today (5 December), revealing that North Yorkshire’s roads will host just over half of the race.

The Tour has also been extended to four days and will run from Thursday, 3 May, to Sunday, 6 May, 2018. The extra will allow the women’s race to increase from one to two days, taking place on 3 and 4 May.

2018 will be the race’s fourth year. It has become a highlight in the calendar for cycling’s elite riders and continues to enhance Yorkshire’s reputation as a world class cycling and visitor destination.

As before, North Yorkshire County Council is working with partners – including event organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), district councils and emergency services – on a highways operation to facilitate the race while maintaining vital access for local residents, visitors and businesses.

Councillor Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “Including 2014’s Tour de France Grand Départ, we now have four years’ experience of hosting world class cycling events in North Yorkshire. I’m sure the County Council will again play its part in delivering a fantastic event, but mainly this is about our communities coming together to showcase our beautiful landscapes, towns and villages.

“Our communities value this race and like to make an event of the event as it passes through. They have embraced the Tour each year, with millions lining the route to show a warm North Yorkshire welcome not only to the many people who come to watch the races, but also to a worldwide television audience. I’m confident that in May it will be the same again, if not even better, both in the places that have hosted the race before and those enjoying it for the first time.”

Stages three and four of the Tour will run mainly in North Yorkshire, with another finish in Scarborough and first visits to Filey and Richmondshire, including a race start in Richmond, in addition to passing through large parts of Hambleton.

As before, the council will ensure the event takes place with the least disruption and will work with partners to ensure that visitors can get to the event to safely and efficiently. There will be some road closures and parking restrictions, but these will be kept to a minimum. Most of the route will see rolling road closures, which will generally last no more than an hour. Start and finish areas, along with some climbs, are likely to see longer road closures to ensure the safety of spectators and racers. Further details will be available nearer to the race weekend and will be published on the council’s website, www.northyorks.gov.uk/tour.

Councillor Les added: “While there will be some disruption, we know the Tour also brings significant economic benefits to local businesses, both from the spectators and the media coverage that accompanies the event. The benefits far outweigh the small amount of disruption, so let’s once again make the most of this opportunity.”

Route details for North Yorkshire Stage 1 of the event, on Thursday, 3 May, starts in Beverley and ends in Doncaster, covering 178km, with none of the route in North Yorkshire. The route will take in Beverley, Walkington, Pocklington, Howden and Doncaster

Stage 2 on Friday, 4 May, starts in Barnsley and ends in Ilkley, covering 115km, with 16km (13 per cent) of those in North Yorkshire. The route will take in Barnsley, Penistone, Pontefract, Castleford, Otley and Ilkley

Stage 3, on Saturday, 5 May, starts in Richmond and ends in Scarborough, covering 190km, all in North Yorkshire. The route takes in Richmond, Catterick Garrison, Leyburn, Northallerton, Thirsk, Sutton Bank, Pickering, Filey and Scarborough

Stage 4 on Sunday, 6 May, starts in Halifax and ends in Leeds, covering 182km, with 130km (71 per cent) in North Yorkshire. The route takes in Halifax, Mytholmroyd, Hebdon Bridge, Haworth, South Craven, Skipton, Kettlewell, Middleham, Masham, Pateley Bridge, Otley and Leeds