Tour de Yorkshire start and finish times announced

Picture by Shaun Flannery/SWpix.com - 21/01/2015 - Cycling - Tour de Yorkshire 2015 Route Launch - The Spa, Bridlington, England - (from left) Thierry Gouvenou of the ASO, Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Gary Verity, former cyclist Brian Robinson, Team Sky cyclist Ben Swift and Jean-Etienne Amaury of ASO pictured with local school children to launch the route of the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire.

Picture by Shaun Flannery/SWpix.com - 21/01/2015 - Cycling - Tour de Yorkshire 2015 Route Launch - The Spa, Bridlington, England - (from left) Thierry Gouvenou of the ASO, Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Gary Verity, former cyclist Brian Robinson, Team Sky cyclist Ben Swift and Jean-Etienne Amaury of ASO pictured with local school children to launch the route of the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire.

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The highly anticipated start and finish times for the Tour de Yorkshire have been announced though Bridlington residents will have to wait a little longer for route confirmation in the town.

Race organisers, Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation based in France, have announced that stage one, from Bridlington to Scarborough, will have a ceremonial start at 11.45am on South Marine Drive outside the Bridlington Spa. Riders will have a 5km neutralised section before the official race start at Sewerby at noon.

Depending on rider’s speed the race will finish between 4pm and 4.30pm on Royal Albert Drive in Scarborough.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said “Today’s confirmation of the timings and precise routes in and out of the start and finish towns and cities will help fans, spectators and businesses who can now begin to plan their weekend, where to watch and how to get the best out of the event. This is going to be an extremely exciting three days for Yorkshire”.

However, the route for the 5km neutralised section of the race between Bridlington Spa and Sewerby Hall and Gardens has still yet to be confirmed leaving residents with an anxious wait ahead of the announcement.

The major international cycling race will be held on the 1-3 May with the routes for the three days taking the event through some of the county’s most spectacular scenery.

Key timings for stage one include Dalby Forest King of the Mountain climb at approximately 1.15pm, a sprint through Pickering at approximately 1.40pm, Rosedale Abbey King of the Mountain climb at approximately 2.08pm, Grosmont King of the Mountain climb at approximately 2.52pm, the Whitby Sprint at around 3.09pm and the finish in Scarborough between 4pm and 4.30pm depending on the speed of the riders.

Details of the Tour de Yorkshire route and timings can be viewed at letouryorkshire.com/timings.