We run through the Yorkshire hot spots where you'll get the best views of the 2018 edition of the Tour de Yorkshire and the times the riders will be passing through

The Yorkshire landscape has been a regular fixture of the professional bike racing calendar after the huge success of the Tour de France Grand Départ back in 2014 and subsequent races in recent years.

After the successes of previous years, the pro peloton will be back on the roads of the Tour de Yorkshire once again as God’s own country welcomes both the men and women from May 3-6.

There will be plenty of chances to watch your heroes pass, and we’ve got the lowdown of all the best spots and what times the peloton will be passing.

The women’s race takes place over two days from May 3-4, with the men’s taking place over four days from May 3-6.

Please note that stage timings are approximate, based on average speed of race.

>>> Tour de Yorkshire 2018 route

Stage one, Thursday May 3

Beverley to Doncaster, 182km (women: 132.5km)

ETA (kph) Women (40) W(36) Men (44) M(40)
Start — Beverley 08:40 08:40 13:50 13:50
KOM — Côte de Baggaby Hill 09:50 09:56 16:02 16:14
Sprint — Pocklington 09:54 10:01 16:06 16:18
Feed zone — Holme on Spalding Moor 10:28 10:39 16:37 16:52
Sprint — Howden 10:44 10:56 16:51 17:08
Finish — Doncaster 12:08 12:30 18:08 18:33

Our pick of where to watch
With an almost inevitable sprint finish in store, heading out to the only notable and categorised climb on the course will give you a clearer look at the riders in action. Côte de Baggaby Hill allows you this opportunity and means you can also drive to the finish in Doncaster with just under 100 kilometres to go in both races after the ascent.

Stage two, Friday May 4

Barnsley to Ilkley, 149km (women: 124km)

ETA (kph) Women (39) W(35) Men (45) M(41)
Start — Barnsley 09:00 09:00 14:20 14:20
KOM — Côte de Blacker Hill 09:17 09:18 15:08 15:12
Sprint — Swinton 09:36 09:40 15:25 15:30
Feed Zone — Castleford 10:48 11:00 16:28 16:39
Sprint — Scholes 11:12 11:27 16:49 17:02
KOM — Côte de Old Pool Bank 11:55 12:14 17:25 17:42
Finish/KOM — Ilkley (Cow and Calf) 12:21 12:44 17:48 18:07

Our pick of where to watch
With the first ever summit finish in the race’s history, the Cow and Calf will be a must-watch place to catch the action as both the women’s and men’s races crest the 2.5km kicker to finish the stage. A 15 per cent section 500 metres before the finish line will be pivotal in deciding both stages.

Stage three, Saturday May 5

Richmond to Scarborough, 184km

ETA (kph) 44kph 40kph
Start — Richmond 13:10 13:10
Sprint — Morton-on-Swale 14:11 14:17
KOM — Côte de Sutton Bank 14:50 14:59
Feed Zone — Kirkbymoorside 15:19 15:30
Sprint — Pickering 15:35 15:49
KOM — Côte de Silpho 16:16 16:34
Finish — Scarborough 17:26 17:51

Our pick of where to watch
The Côte de Silpho will decide who wears the King of the Mountains jersey into the brutal stage four. The eight per cent, one-and-a-half kilometre climb hits the peloton just 50 kilometres from the finish line. However, thanks to the looped finish of the stage you can catch the riders ascending the climb before following the race down the 10-kilometre descent into Scarborough for the finish on the sea front.

Stage four, Sunday May 6

Halifax to Leeds, 189.5km

 ETA (kph)
44kph 40kph
Start – Halifax 12:10 12:10
KOM – Côte de Hebden Bridge 12:43 12:46
KOM – Côte de Goose Eye 13:05 13:10
KOM – Côte de Barden Moor 13:31 13:39
KOM – Kilnsey 13:58 14:09
KOM – Côte de Park Rash 14:12 14:24
Feed Zone – Middleham 14:39 14:54
KOM – Côte de Greenhow Hill 15:41 16:03
KOM – Côte de Otley Chevin 16:21 16:47
KOM – Arthington 16:33 17:00
Finish – Leeds 16:57 17:27

Our pick of where to watch
Park Rash may well be the place to see the pros gurning as they struggle and grind their way up the most brutal climb on the stage. But in terms of where the race could be decided, Greenhow Hill will play a pivotal role in not only stage four but also deciding who will be the overall winner.