The Tour de Yorkshire is the biggest sports event taking place in the region this year.
We have compiled all the information you need to make the most of it...
What is the Tour de Yorkshire?
A new international cycle race that will be one of the biggest cycle races in the UK in 2015 and an outstanding event in the international cycling calendar, with some of the top international teams taking part and a women’s race on 2nd May. It will be broadcast live on TV in the UK and throughout Europe.
When is it taking place?
The Tour de Yorkshire will be held for the first time from 1-3 May 2015.
Detailed timings in full..
• Stage 1
• Stage 2
• Stage 3
Will there be the same level of road closures as for Tour de France?
No. Most will be rolling road closures lasting no more than an hour, apart from the start and finish lines and some climbs where the road closures will be longer. Road closures will be managed by the police and will be announced nearer the race weekend.
Will the route be the same each year?
No, the route around Yorkshire will be different every year.
Who is organising the Race?
The race is being organised by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and Welcome to Yorkshire - supported by British Cycling and local authorities throughout Yorkshire.
Why is it called Tour de Yorkshire and not Tour of Yorkshire
The Tour de Yorkshire race is owned by the ASO, the Amaury Sports Organisation, a French company based in Paris. It therefore has a French name and some of the key climbs have been given a French name as nod to the French origins of the race.
Where can I watch the race?
Spectators will be able to watch the event for free anywhere along the route but obviously start, finish and climb locations will be most popular.
How can I get involved/volunteer?
Welcome to Yorkshire has contacted the Tour Makers who supported the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014 and are recruiting a smaller number of Tour Makers to support the Tour de Yorkshire.
What are the race colours?
The race colours are yellow and bright blue.
Will there be television coverage?
The race will be broadcast on a UK television channel - a mixture of highlights and live coverage - an announcement will be made soon. The race will also be broadcast on Eurosport and will be shown by 70 countries around the world.
Will there be another Yorkshire Festival?
The next Yorkshire Festival will be held in 2016 however there will be a smaller Tour de Yorkshire Festival in the lead up to the race. It will take place from 1 April to 3 May 2015.
Why does the Tour de Yorkshire not go to some parts of Yorkshire?
The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire will take place predominantly in areas which missed out on the Grand Départ of the Tour de France. Welcome to Yorkshire worked with local authorities who were keen to support the new race (Bridlington, Scarborough, Selby, Wakefield, York, Leeds, North Yorkshire County Council and East Riding Council) and ASO (the Amaury Sports Organisation) regarding technical requirements to select the best route for this international road race. Also - it’s not possible over 3 days of circa 500km of racing to cover all the 10k kilometres of roads in Yorkshire!
What is the Tour de Yorkshire Ride?
The Tour de Yorkshire Ride is a unique opportunity for cyclists to ride the Tour de Yorkshire route, experience the Tour de France legacy and to pave the way for the pro riders. Thousands are expected to take part in the charity event, making it one of the biggest sportive in the UK.
When will the Tour de Yorkshire Ride take place?
The sportive will take place on the same day and roads as the 3rd and final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire - Sunday, 3 May. The route will also take in some of the Tour de France 2014 route through Yorkshire.
What distance will the Tour de Yorkshire Ride be?
There will be three distances and a women only Cycletta. The provisional distances are 140km, 108km and 50km and 50km for the Cycletta.
How much does the Tour de Yorkshire Ride cost?
£42 for the 50km sportive
£46 for the 100km sportive
£49 for the 140km sportive