A FIRST set of roadshows has been announced ahead of this year's Tour de Yorkshire.

The events will give a detailed outline of the route for the renowned cycle race, taking place between May 3 and 6.

And information will be provided to help residents, businesses and groups maximise benefits from the internationally-acclaimed spectacle.

The fourth and final stage of the race encompasses the Worth Valley and South Craven.

Riders will follow a route including Oxenhope, Haworth Main Street, Oakworth, the Cote de Goose Eye, Sutton, Glusburn and Cross Hills.

The 189.5km leg, known as the Yorkshire Terrier, starts at Halifax and finishes at Leeds.

The 14 roadshows unveiled by Welcome to Yorkshire include a session at Denton Hall, Ilkley, on Thursday, January 25, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Details will also be given at the event of road closures, the annual sportive, opportunities to become 'tour makers' and land art competitions.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive, Sir Gary Verity, said: "The Tour de Yorkshire and the Asda women's race are now recognised as being among the best supported races in the world and that's down to the great people of this county taking them to their hearts.

"We run these roadshows to share information about how the races work and to encourage people to show off their community to a global TV audience of almost ten million people.

"I'd encourage everyone who lives or works on the route to come along, ask questions and get inspired on how we can all make the 2018 edition the biggest and best one yet."

For more details and to register, visit letouryorkshire.com/information/roadshows.