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Stray FM's Guide To The Tour De Yorkshire


The Tour De Yorkshire is an annual international bike race taking in some of the county's most spectacular scenery. Holding a 2.1 European tour UCI, this outstanding race attracts some of the world's best cyclists. This epic race will be broadcast live on TV in the UK and throughout Europe.

For 2018, the tour will take place over an extended 4 days, with the women's race expanding from one to two days.

cycling Festival at The Black Hat Ilkley


On Friday 4th May Stray FM will be broadcasting from the Black Hat in Ilkley, and you can join us there!


To celebrate the momentous finish to stage 2 of the race, The Black Hat are holding a Tour De Yorkshire Festival in their famous beer garden with various local independent street food stalls, live entertainment and outside bar available from 12pm.


Entry is free and there's also 25% off Prosecco!



Stage 1

Women's race takes a slightly shorter version of the above route.


Stage 2














Women's race takes a slightly shorter version of the above route.


TDY 2018 - Mens Stage 3

STAGE 4: SUNDAY 6TH MAY - HALIFAX TO LEEDS (via the Yorkshire Dales)

TDY 2018 - Mens Stage 4

The Tour De Yorkshire is back this May, as some of the world's best cyclists hit the street to battle it out to become the winner of the fourth Tour De Yorkshire. 

This year the race crosses the Stray FM patch on two days, Stages 2 & 4, with the residents of Skipton, Masham, Pateley Bridge and Otley (amongst others) ready to welcome the cyclists. And Ilkley will play host to the finish line on day two of the event this year.

Stray FM will be across all the big moments of the race, and the all important travel news.

Plus, on Friday 4th May we'll be broadcasting live from the Black Hat in Ilkley as they host a festival to celebrate the town's involvement.


Stage 1 Timings

Stage 2 Timings

TDY 2018 - Womens Stage 2 Timings

TDY 2018 - Mens Stage 2 Timings

Road Closures 

There is an estimated road closure along the route of around 40 minutes. 

Ilkley Area Road Closures - Bradford City Council

Thursday, 3 May 2018 - pre-race road closures

These will be in place to help us set up the finish line:

  • Cowpasture Road, Ilkley from the roundabout at Ben Rhydding Road all the way through to Moor Lane at Burley Woodhead will be closed from 10pm. Access for residents will be maintained, however you will need to plan your route as no access will be available between the Cow and Calf Hotel and Cow and Calf Café on Hangingstone Road.
  • Denton Bridge will be closed from 9pm.
  • Due to the limited available space at the finish we will be enforcing no parking on Moor Road as this area will be needed for official vehicles and emergency services etc.

Friday, 4 May 2018 - road closures

These will be in place to facilitate the finish of the race and to enable the 'event build'.

From 5am to 10pm the following roads will be closed:

  • The Grove
  • Cowpasture Road (remaining length)
  • Brook Street
  • Springs Lane (from Tesco to Station Road)
  • Station Road
  • Keighley Road (green lane over the moor)

Get more information on Bradford City Council's website

North Yorkshire County Council Road Closures

Friday 4th May

Men's race road closures in North Yorkshire


LocationExpected race arrivalExpected rolling road closure
Weeton 4.46pm to 4.59pm 4.15pm to 5.30pm
Weston 5.35pm to 5.53pm 5pm to 6.15pm
Askwith 5.36pm to 5.54pm 5pm to 6.15pm

Women's race road closures in North Yorkshire

LocationExpected race arrivalExpected rolling road closure
Weeton 11.43am to 12.01pm 11.10am to 12.25pm
Weston 12.21pm to 12.44pm 11.35am to 12.50pm
Askwith 12.08pm to 12.29pm 11.35am to 12.50pm

Sunday 6th May

LocationExpected race arrivalExpected rolling road closure
Sutton-in-Craven 1.09pm to 1.14pm 12.40pm to 1.40pm
Skipton 1.18pm to 1.24pm 12.50pm to 1.50pm
Embsay 1.26pm to 1.33pm 12.50pm to 1.50pm
Côte de Bardon Moor 1.31pm to 1.39pm 1pm to 2pm
Burnsall 1.43pm to 1.52pm 1.15pm to 2.20pm
Threshfield 1.50pm to 2pm 1.15pm to 2.20pm
Kettlewell 2.05pm to 2.16pm 1.30pm to 2.35pm
Côte de Park Rash 2.12pm to 2.24pm 10.30am to 4.30pm
Horsehouse 2.25pm to 2.38pm 10.30am to 4.30pm
Carlton 2.31pm to 2.45pm 2pm to 3.20pm
Middleham 2.39pm to 2.54pm 2pm to 3.20pm
East Witton 2.46pm to 3.02pm 2.15pm to 3.20pm
Masham 3.02pm to 3.19pm 2.30pm to 3.45pm
Kirkby Malzeard  3.13pm to 3.31pm 2.30pm to 3.45pm
Pateley Bridge 3.34pm to 3.55pm 3pm to 4.15pm
Côte de Greenhow Hill 3.41pm to 4.03pm 8am to 5pm
Greenhow Village 3.42pm to 4.04pm 8am to 5pm
Thruscross 3.53pm to 4.16pm 3.20pm to 4.40pm
Blubberhouses 3.58pm to 4.21pm 3.20pm to 4.40pm

What's going on near you?  

Spectator Information

The tour de Yorkshire is available to watch by the roadside in all locations across the route. Make sure you plan your day in advance as many large groups of spectators go to this event so make sure you get there early to ensure the best spot. Many villages and towns are putting on tour de Yorkshire events to celebrate.

Check out the Stray FM What's On Guide for events happening near you


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