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Tour de Yorkshire

We have many fantastic memories of when the Tour de Yorkshire came to Doncaster in 2016 and 2018 and we can't wait to welcome it back in 2019! 

Doncaster will host Stage One of the Men’s race on Thursday 2 May 2019. The start of the race will begin in what will be our newly refurbished market square which will showcase our historic market to the world.

The cyclists will then ride out past the Mansion House, Hallgate, Christ Church and then over St George’s Bridge on to the A19. The route will then go through:

  • Bentley
  • Toll Bar
  • Owston
  • Askern
  • Campsall
  • Norton

The race will leave Doncaster at Norton and then travel through much of East Yorkshire and finish in Selby, followed by three more days racing across Yorkshire.

A film of the drive-through of the race through Doncaster is available here along with a map of the route.

Residents and businesses will be kept up to date on plans and impacts over the coming months via Social Media and letters through their door. Also all updates will be added to this page as we find out more.

This will be the third time the prestigious global racing event has come to the borough.

The Tour de Yorkshire first visited Doncaster in April 2016 – it was a huge success with over 50,000 event-goers across the borough turning out to enjoy the breath-taking spectacle of world class cycling and the electric atmosphere.

Exhilarating racing action right here on our doorstep – and also the spirit and passion of local communities that came together to give it the warmest of welcomes!

2018 saw Doncaster host the first stage of the men’s race and the ASDA women’s Tour de Yorkshire on 3 May. The second stage of the races passed through the borough the following day. 

To be chosen as an event host for a second year was wonderful news, to be allocated two days of one of the biggest and most prestigious cycling races in the world was a major coup for the borough.

Doncaster’s communities were invited to get ready for the big event and showcase their creative skills again by coming up with eye-catching land art or organising community parties. They certainly did the borough proud! 

Since its first visit to Doncaster in 2016, the Tour de Yorkshire has passed through 33 of our communities, giving 47.6% of the borough’s population opportunity to watch the race. That’s nearly 193,000 residents.

If you want a further reminder of all the fun and excitement watch: The 2016 Tour de Yorkshire in Doncaster

Best dressed window competition for local businesses

Local businesses are invited to share the Tour de Yorkshire spirit with the launch of a best dressed window competition to celebrate the major cycling event’s return to Doncaster in May.

The competition is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses in the town centre and along the route to get involved and showcase their shops and creative talents on a Tour de Yorkshire theme – plus there will be great prizes in store! For the best dressed business window overall, the prize will be a Doncaster Rovers box for 10 people at a game of their choice for the next season.

The competition is divided into three categories:

  • Best dressed business window overall
  • Best dressed business window town centre
  • Best dressed business window along the route

How to apply:

Prior to window dressing


  • Include shop name and location
  • How you're going to approach the theme

After window dressing

The deadline for entries is Friday 12th April

The entries will be considered by an independent judging panel before the winners are announced late April.

Good luck!

Communities Micro Grant Funding Scheme

Let’s get creative for the Tour de Yorkshire – that’s the message to Doncaster communities who can now bid for funds to boost their preparations for the global cycling event in May.

The newly launched Micro Grant Scheme is being offered to facilitate a ‘festival atmosphere’ and encourage people to be more active in the surrounding communities around Tour de Yorkshire 2019. 

To bid for a grant, please download the application form below:

TDY 19 - Get Doncaster Cycling - Fund Guidance Application Form
Download (753KB - DOCX)

For more information please see the guidance notes in the form or email

Get involved

Community groups, schools and individuals who are interested in getting involved in their local community to put on an event or activity or to decorate their area please contact

For those interested in getting involved with the Local Communities Plans for the day and to take part in some potential volunteer work please use the below contact details relating to each area:-

Bentley - Bentley Area Community Partnership (BACuP) – Tony Sockett -

Tollbar - Toll Bar TARA -  Vellda Leith / Pam Sutton – 01302873594 -or- 07432424796 -

Campsall / Norton - Norton Parish Council – Dave Telford - – Website:

Are you inspired to get into cycling?

Whether it is part of a cycling club, to ride to work or just as a bit of fun to pass away an evening or the weekend with family and friends go to: Cycling in Doncaster and give it a try.

Last updated: 14 February 2019 15:52:30