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Travel Tips for Tour de Yorkshire 2016

Launched after the city of Leeds took immense pride in hosting the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014, the Tour de Yorkshire is set to take place again this year after huge support in 2015. Taking place on the 29th, 30th April and 1st May, it was estimated that one million people tuned in to watch the inaugural race last year and that it brought £50 million into the region’s economy. With this in mind, we look into some top tips if you’re looking to join the region in cycle mania around the event.

The Route

This year we’ll see more than 140 riders race throughout Yorkshire and the route is just as scenic as the last. Stage one is Beverly to settle and weave through the Wolds, Tadcaster, Wetherby before moving onwards to the Yorkshire dales. They will then continue onwards to Grassington and Gargrave before finishing the stage in Settle

Stage two will see riders race between Otley and Doncaster. They’ll pass through the lovely Harewood and through the familiar Grand Depart before picking up speed towards pontefract and Doncaster.

Stage1 - TourdeFrance - Credit - Welcome To Yorkshire

The third and final stage will start in Middlesbrough. Racers will wind their way through market towns like Northallerton and Stokesley, giving fans an opportunity to cheer. They soon call upon Thirsk before moving on to Sutton Bank, the moors, Whitby then finally arriving at their finishing line in Scarborough.


Lorne Campbell – Guzelian – Leeds City Centre

Transporting Bikes on the Cities Buses & Trains

If you’re thinking of bringing your bike to Leeds throughout the Tour de Yorkshire, it’s definitely worth taking note of some of the restrictions and regulations around the city when it comes to public transport. You’ll find that a lot of inner city buses don’t allow bikes, so don’t bank on them if you get a flat.

Trains, however, are a little more adept to storing and transporting bicycles and are free of charge unless stated otherwise. If you want an in-depth look at how best to store your bike when travelling you can have a look here, but generally trains ask you to make yourself known to the conductor of platform staff and move along to the cycle specific carriage.

Where to store your bikes

Leeds recently undertook a project to make more space for bike storage in the city centre. If you walk around the city you’ll find car parking spaces replaced with a car-shaped bike racks, this means if you’re looking for short term bike storage, you don’t have to look far.

However, if you’re looking for something a little safer and more long term, there are other options. Cyclepoint near the train station provides a service for storing your cycles at a relatively low cost, but if you’re not a monthly or annual ticket holder you will only be able to pick up your bike when the shop is staffed. If you’re looking to house more than one bike, perhaps a whole family of cycles, you may want to look for something a little bigger. McCarthy’s has been offering storage in Leeds services for over 40 years and are a good place to start for affordable and easily- accessible storage.

Leeds City - Richard Moran Photography Ltd
Tour de France - Grand Depart - CA

Inner-city Cycling

Cycling in Leeds isn’t as easy as somewhere like Amsterdam, for example, but it’s getting there. Leeds City Council introduced an initiative seeking to use Yorkshire's Grand Depart to deliver a region wide cycling legacy for all generations and all abilities. You can request a free map from the council’s website.

Leeds is constantly upholding and supporting the safety of the cities cyclists and try to consider cycle routes in every transport related scheme they undertake. As the city takes more pride in their roots in cycling, the rights and privileges for those biking become more and more apparent; more and more cycle paths are popping up and there has been a considerable rise in those going green when travelling around the city.


For more information on the Tour de Yorkshire, visit the website here. 

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