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Cyclists on moorland road by Tony BartholomewCyclists on moorland road by Tony Bartholomew

The eyes of the world are once again on Yorkshire, with the staging of the fourth Tour de Yorkshire (3-6 May 2018).

Hosted by Amaury Sport Organisation and Welcome to Yorkshire, and supported by British Cycling, the Tour de Yorkshire is a 2.1 UCI Europe Tour international cycle race, attracting some of the biggest teams from around the world as they take on hills, dales, moors, towns, cities and villages across Yorkshire.

The Tour de Yorkshire sees four full stages of racing – from Beverley to Doncaster, Barnsley to Ilkley, Richmond to Scarborough and Halifax to Leeds, providing some dramatic and challenging terrain, plus a two stage women’s race 3-4 May.

Stage 3 Richmond to Scarborough (Saturday 5 May 2018)

Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire will go up one of the North York Moors' most iconic landmarks, Sutton Bank, before finishing 184km later in Scarborough.

The route includes two King of the Mountain classifications, both within the National Park - Côte de Sutton Bank and Côte de Silpho, which will challenge riders as they pass through a rich tapestry of our landscapes, from dale and market town to forest and coast.

Stage 3 route map Richmond to Scarborough

Sutton Bank and Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Join our party at our National Park Centre at the top for spectacular views! We'll have plenty going on to keep you entertained, including big screen coverage of the entire race, kids time trials on the mountain bike skills area organised by Sutton Bank Bikes and children’s activities with a biking theme. 

We'll have outdoor catering onsite and a beer tent featuring local ales from Helmsley Brewing Co. Secure bike parking (supervised) will be available with help from our friends at SingletrAction, and regular attractions include the Sutton Bank Café, Sutton Bank Bikes, cycling trails, birding, walking trails to Kilburn White Horse and "England's Finest View".

Travel information

  • An early arrival is recommended to guarantee you a perfect spot along the route, especially at Sutton Bank.
  • Rolling road closures along the race route will generally last no more than an hour, apart from at the start and finish and at some of the climbs where longer road closures will be required
  • Sutton Bank itself will be closed for a longer period (expected to be 10.30am to 4.30pm). Cyclists may relish the opportunity to tackle the Bank with no traffic! 
  • The 'Caravan Route' is well-signposted (passing through Coxwold and Ampleforth) and will be the alternative route for those wishing to avoid Sutton Bank and the race.
  • Police motorcycles will close off the race route approximately 30 mins before the riders are expected. Roads will reopen after the last support vehicles have passed. Up-to-date details on road closures are available from North Yorkshire County Council.
  • A Tour de Yorkshire Race Caravan is visiting key points on the route before the race starts, including Thirsk, Helmsley, Pickering, Filey and Scarborough.
  • Fast rail and road links make us an easy place to get to, see our travel pages for public transport information and local services
  • Timetables can be viewed for the Esk Valley Railway and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Details of our car parks and nearest public toilets are available here

Why not make a long weekend of it and stay in the area

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Tour de Yorkshire Sportive

In addition to the professional race, the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride will give amateur cyclists the chance to ride some of the roads ridden by the pros from Stage 4 of the men's race on a newly designed sportive route, which will start and finish in Leeds. Take your pick from the 49km, 84km or 129km and book online here.

North York Moors - made for cycling

Once you've finished watching the race, why not get on your bike and explore the rest of the National Park for yourself? We've routes for all abilities whether you're a family cyclist or a world-class mountain biker.

Our flagship biking route is the 150-mile Moor to Sea Network – a series of interconnected loops that explores quiet villages, woodland tracks and shady bridleways. Best of all is the ‘Cinder Track’ section – 21 view-filled miles along the old Scarborough to Whitby railway line.

For mountain bike fans, Dalby Forest is England’s largest trail centre, and features over 40 miles of trails that snake through the trees and across the moorland plateau – great for families and experienced bikers alike. 

The views from Sutton Bank on the western edge of the National Park are immense – and you can see them for yourself by bike on four interlinked trails that start and finish at family-friendly bike rental outlet Sutton Bank Bikes. It’s an experience to savour – riding along the escarpment with the wind in your hair.

There’s also plenty of places to hire a bike or join a guided ride for insider tips on the best singletrack, downhills, trails or roads.