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Crowd cheering at OVO Tour of Britain 2018 (c) Simon WilkinsonCrowd cheering at OVO Tour of Britain 2018 (c) Simon Wilkinson

Returning to North Yorkshire for the first time in 13 years, the Tour of Britain is the UK's biggest professional bike race and a UCI ProSeries event. Stage four (Wednesday 7 September) starts in Redcar and is set to challenge riders to the thrills, spills and hills of the North York Moors before finishing in Duncombe Park, Helmsley.

Brothers Charlie and Harry Tanfield riding up Carlton Bank

It's particularly exciting as alongside some of the world's leading cyclists, crowds will be cheering for local lads Harry and Charlie Tanfield from the village of Great Ayton.

As a local community, there's loads you can do to make sure riders receive a warm Yorkshire welcome! Find out how to get on board such as decorating your village, becoming a volunteer, involving school children or even entering the Land Art competition.

Stage 4 Redcar to Helmsley (Wednesday 7 September 2022)

Popular seaside town Saltburn will be raced through before the route heads into the North York Moors National Park. Featuring two category 1 climbs, the unforgiving 149.5-kilometre stage feature the climbs at Robin Hood's Bay (1.5km long, 10.3% average gradient) and Carlton Bank (2km long, 9.8% average gradient) before descending into the finish at Duncombe Park, one of Yorkshire’s finest historic houses and estates.

See the full timetable for Stage four.

Travel information

  • An early arrival is recommended to guarantee you a perfect spot along the route
  • Rolling road closures along the race route will generally last no more than 30-45 minutes within the advised road closure timings given, apart from at the start and finish and at some of the climbs where longer road closures will be required.
  • Police motorcycles will close off the race route before the riders are expected. Roads will reopen after the last support vehicles have passed. Up-to-date details on predicted road closures are available from North Yorkshire County Council.
  • Additionally, parking restrictions will be in place across the race route to ensure the safety of the riders, support vehicles, spectators and other road users.
  • 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?

North York Moors - made for cycling

Not local but want in on the action? Make a holiday of it and book cycling friendly accommodation. If you're inspired after the race then 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.

Explore our various cycling routes across the North York Moors. If you're looking for a challenge or several days worth of road cycling then check out the North York Moors Cycleway. It covers 170 miles in a figure of eight loop and takes in the very best of National Park scenery.

The Moor to Sea Network is 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.

Yorkshire Cycle Hub is a cyclists paradise tucked away in Great Fryup Dale. It's on the doorstep to miles of bridleways or quiet, country roads if you're up for a challenge in the Esk Valley. They've got their own Bunk House, Café and Shop with bikes for hire, clothing, spares and repair service.

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 bike rental outlet Sutton Bank Bikes. Bike-mad children will love the new 330metre pump track, plus a family-friendly trail promises fun for all the family.

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.