Tour times revealed for new cycle race

Launch of the Tour of Yorkshire Cycle Route at the Bridlington Spa..Sky Cyclist Ben Swift looks at the route on screen..SH10012039p..21st January 2015 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
Launch of the Tour of Yorkshire Cycle Route at the Bridlington Spa..Sky Cyclist Ben Swift looks at the route on screen..SH10012039p..21st January 2015 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

The timings for all three stages of the Tour de Yorkshire - the first of which passes through the Esk Valley and Whitby have been announced today (Wednesday).

The race has been organised in conjunction with the organisers of the Tour de France following last summer’s hugely popular Grand Depart hosted by Yorkshire.

It will take place over three legs between Friday May 1 and Sunday May 3 and starts in Bridlington from 11.45am on the Friday with the official race getting underway at 12 noon.

It will head via Flamborough, Bempton, cayton, Hackness and Pickering

Cyclists are expected to arrive in the Esk Valley or the Cote de Rosedale Abbey from around 2.08pm based upon a speed of 43km/h.

Spectators lining the village high streets and moors roads will see the cyclists pass through at the following times.

Castleton 2.24pm; Danby 2.28pm; Glaisdale 2.39pm; Egton 2.47pm; Grosmont level crossing 2.51pm; A169 Sleights 2.57pm.

The Cote de Briggswath stage comes in at 3.01pm and riders are expected to be at the Sleights road end roundabout at 3.02pm and through Whitby at 3.09pm.

They will re-join the A171 near Hawsker around 3.14pm and arrive in Robin Hood’s bay at 3.20pm; Fylingthorpe at 3.22pm and re-join the A171 at 3.25pm where the cyclists will then head to Scarborough to complete the first phase.

There will be over 500km throughout Yorkshire where people can choose to see the race over the three days.

The specific timings come after Tour de France technical team made a final visit to Yorkshire to work on the 515 km route.

Thierry Gouvenou, Tour de France Sports Director said; “We are very happy with the route the riders will take. “With 515km in total there are some excellent opportunities throughout the three days for spectators to see riders take Sprint and King of the Mountain climb points, ahead of finish lines designed to generate the kind of welcome that Yorkshire spectators gave the peloton in the Tour de France”.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said “Today’s confirmation of the timings and precise routes in and out of the start and finish towns and cities will help fans, spectators and businesses who can now begin to plan their weekend, where to watch and how to get the best out of the event.

“This is going to be an extremely exciting three days for Yorkshire”.

The race will be broadcast in the UK, and on Eurosport, to 70 countries around the world.