Gearing up for the Tour de Yorkshire: race route guide

Stage One: ‘Arts & Culture’ – Thursday, May 3

The tour begins with an 111-mile stretch from the historic market town of Beverley to the seaside resort of Hornsea.

There is then a 16km loop to tackle before heading back through Beverley and onto the Yorkshire Wolds.

This stage is largely flat but will increase in incline as the tour climbs up Baggaby Hill then descending into Pocklington for the opening intermediate sprint.

After passing through Holme-on-Spalding Moor, the pace will steadily increase for a second sprint in Howden and then a faster route into Doncaster on the brand new Great Yorkshire Way.

Finally, the riders will sweep past the world-famous Doncaster Racecourse before a flat-out finish along South Parade.

Stage Two: ‘Yorkshire Heritage’ – Friday, May 4

The second day will see riders set out from Barnsley’s Town Hall in the direction of Penistone. The peloton will pass through Worsborough and, as they approach Blacker Hill, the first mountain classification points will be up for grabs.

The race will then pass through Elsecar before gearing up to an intermediate sprint as the cyclists move towards Swinton. Conisbrough Castle provides a picturesque backdrop as the peloton heads north for a second intermediate sprint up to Scholes. Another sightseeing opportunity at Harewood House arises en route to the Côte de Old Pool Bank climb.

Otley and Ilkley will be passed through, followed by the race’s first-ever summit finish on the Cow and Calf. Finally, for the first time, King of the Mountains points will also be on offer right before the 92-mile stage winner is crowned on top of this iconic Yorkshire climb.

Stage Three: ‘Market Towns’ – Saturday, May 5

This 112-mile stretch of the Tour de Yorkshire begins in the quaint cobbled streets of Richmond as riders head to Catterick Garrison. The peloton then tackles Wensleydale and moves east towards Leyburn before the first intermediate sprint at Morton-on-Swale.

Competitors will ride through Northallerton and Thirsk, crossing over the North York Moors before a challenging climb on Sutton Bank. The first participants to reach the summit will win points in the mountains classification. The race then passes through Helmsley, building up to a second intermediate sprint at Pickering.

A second climb comes in the form of the Côte de Silpho before the race descends down into Scarborough. As the route runs close to the east coast, the peloton will continue on to Filey and enjoy its picturesque seascapes before looping back towards Scarborough.

The final stretch will see riders come through South Bay, around the castle walls, and onto the finish along North Bay for the fourth time in the history of the competiton.

Stage Four: ‘The Yorkshire Terrier’ – Sunday, May 6

The last and longest stretch of the Tour de Yorkshire will see riders battle 3,400m of climbing across the 118-mile leg. Beginning at the beautiful Piece Hall in Halifax, the first of six categorised climbs comes on the Côte de Hebden Bridge in this decisive stage.

The race will travel up the cobbled Main Street in Haworth before dropping into Goose Eye for the next challenging ascent. Crossing from Brontë Country into Craven, the route passes through Skipton as the third climb awaits on Barden Moor.

The tour will head into the Dales before the riders tackle the first intermediate sprint in view of Kilnsey Crag. The Côte de Park Rash is sure to be memorable for the racers due to the steep incline. They will then continue on to Masham and then into Nidderdale before making a return to the formidable Côte de Greenhow Hill for the first time since 2016.

Shortly after passing through Otley, the next categorised climb is on the cards at Otley Chevin.

The final stretch will push racers to the limit as the Côte de Black Hill Road stands in the way of finish line on The Headrow in Leeds – the same spot the Tour de France started in 2014. Roads around Leeds city centre will be closed for the first time since the 2014 competition.

Following its phenomenal success over the last three years, the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race will double in size from one day to two in 2018 and take place on May 3 & 4.