Tour de Yorkshire ready to roll into action

The first team to emerge ahead of the Tour de Yorkshire, which is starting in Bridlington.
The first team to emerge ahead of the Tour de Yorkshire, which is starting in Bridlington.

After months of anticipation, the day is here when the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire cycle race rolls into action.

The race will get underway in Bridlington at 12noon, after a ceremonial start at 11.45am, and is expected to finish shortly after 4pm in Scarborough.

Start line for the Tour de Yorkshire in Bridlington.

Start line for the Tour de Yorkshire in Bridlington.

Stage two of the race, which takes place tomorrow (2 May), starts in Selby and ends in York. During the second stage, the Tour will be winding its way through Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Market Weighton, Sancton, North Newbald and Stamford Bridge.

There will be a ceremonial start at 11.20am outside Selby Abbey. Riders will have an 8km neutralised section before the official race start just outside Selby on the A163 at 11.45am. Depending on riders’ speed, the race will finish between 3.30pm and 4pm on Knavesmire Road in York.

The approximate timings for the race passing through our region are as follows: Bubwith at 11.55am, Foggathorpe at 12.01pm, Holme-on-Spalding Moor at 12.07pm, Market Weighton at 12.18pm, Sancton at 12.24pm, North Newbald at 12.28pm. A key point in stage two is the race reaching North Newbald King of the Mountain climb at approximately 12.30pm.

Stage two will also see cyclists travel through Stamford Bridge at about 2.15pm and Gate Helmsley at about 2.19pm.

Stage three on Sunday (3 May) starts in Wakefield and finishes in Leeds.