Tour de Yorkshire Ride

Leeds - 6th May 2018

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About Tour de Yorkshire Ride

Following on from the hugely successful Grand Depart in 2014, the Tour de Yorkshire is a legacy event and quickly becoming a high quality 3 day pro race attracting the biggest names in cycling. The Tour de Yorkshire Ride takes in the final stage on the morning of the race so you can ride the sportive, then watch the pros at the finish shortly after. The 2018 route starts and finishes in Leeds and heads up to the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. This is over the bank holiday weekend so should make a great long weekend of cycling in a stunning part of the UK.

Stephen, Tour of Flanders, 2017: "Organisation was perfect and marshalling superb. Hotel was great, staff were brilliant - definitely the right move to stay in Oudernaarde and will go back. "

The Routes

Three options for 2018, a short 49km option with no major climbs, an 84km route with one major climb and the full 129km with two major climbs. All start and finish in Leeds heading north to the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

Long Route 129km

Starting and ending in Leeds, the route heads north to Harrogate and to the edge of the Dales. The first climb comes after the 75km mark, the Col de Greenhow Hill is 2.8km at a steep 8.6% gradient with a 20% section. The route stays in stunning countryside and at the 105km mark the second named climb comes, the Cote de Otley Chevin. This is another steep one, 1.8km at 8.4% average with a 16% ramp. After this, there is 20km to the finish, time to start thinking about your sprint finish!

DISTANCE  129 Km       ELEVATION  2059 M.

Medium Route 84km

Starting and ending in Leeds, we head north to Harrogate and then turn west by the Dales. After 60km, we hit the major climb of the day, the Cote de Otley Chevin - save some energy for this as the steep section is tough! From here, you are 20km from home.

DISTANCE  84 Km       ELEVATION  1238 M.

Short Route 49km

A nice 50km loop north of Leeds. No named climbs but plenty of rolling terrain and great countryside, a nice first sportive for newer riders.

DISTANCE  49 Km       ELEVATION  599 M.

Where to Stay


Only one choice for this sportive, stay in the heart of Yorkshire in Leeds. With the start and finish being just over a mile apart, you can choose to stay super central (by the finish) or to the west of town to be closer to the finish.



Getting There

For international riders, Leeds Bradford airport is closest. For those in the UK, driving is the easiest option.

Documents Required

No faffing on the morning of the ride, your race pack will be sent to you in advance so turn up and ride.

What to Pack

Very steep hills await so bring all your gears. The weather can be any or all of the four seasons so bring layers, waterproofs & arm / leg warmers.


Everything will be sent out before hand so no need to queue up on the morning of the event.

Start & Finish

The start is in Woodhouse Moor just outside Leeds with the finish being in the centre on The Headrow.

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