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Bradford all geared up for the Tour de Yorkshire

Bradford – Bradford is all geared up to welcome the Tour de Yorkshire to the district. Crowds are expected to line the route as the cyclists pass through the district on Stage Three of the race on Sunday May, 3.

Signs have gone up and letters have also been sent to residents and businesses along the route to remind people about road closures and parking restrictions.

Tour-de-FranceBanners, bunting and other decorations have also been popping up at various places along the route and will continue to appear in the coming days, to get people in the mood for when the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire rolls through the district.

Residents and visitors are being reminded to secure their spot early to see the race as it comes through Oxenhope, Haworth, Silsden, Addingham, Ilkley and Menston.

On the morning of Stage Three of the Tour de Yorkshire there will be three mass-participation Sportive rides. Over 5,000 riders will set off in a staggered start from 6.30am in Roundhay Park, Leeds to cover three distances. Two of the Sportive routes go through the district visiting Menston, East Morton, Bingley, Harden, Cullingworth and Denholme before joining up with the pro race route.

The pro race is expected to reach the district in Oxenhope at around 2.55pm and leave the district via Menston at around 3.50pm.

Unlike the Tour de France, there will be no official spectator hubs in the district. However, spectators will be able to watch the race anywhere along the route, with some fantastic places for both the race and the Sportive.

For the pro race some of the best places include Main Street, Haworth, Silsden, Addingham, Ilkley town centre and the Cow and Calf rocks. With careful planning you should all be able to see the race and the Sportive rides along the route.

People are being reminded that the impact on the roads is expected to be limited. In most cases the roads will be closed on a rolling road basis. These are expected to last no more than an hour. The only exceptions will be the start and finish locations, some climbs, sprints and some locations required for the Sportive where the road closures will be longer.

The following roads in the Bradford district will be closed between 9am and 5pm on Sunday 3 May and parking restrictions will be in place.

Main Street, Haworth

Holme House Lane, Laycock

Goose Eye, Laycock

Goose Eye Brow, Laycock

Main Street, Addingham

Ilkley Road, Addingham

The Grove, Ilkley B6382

Parking restrictions and road closures will be lifted as soon as the race has passed at approximately 5pm. The roads will still be accessible to cyclists and pedestrians. Due to the narrowness of some of the road on the race route, there will also be parking restrictions on the following sections:

Hebden Bridge Road A6033, Oxenhope

Brow Road, Haworth

Bridgehouse Lane, Haworth

Changegate, Haworth

Mytholmes Lane, Haworth

Providence Lane, Haworth

Sutton in Craven. Both sides Ellers Road and High Street

Bolton Bridge Road B6382, Ilkley

All cars on these sections of the route will need to be removed by 12 midday on Sunday 3 May.

Nearby on-street parking may be used, providing existing traffic and parking regulations are adhered to and consideration is given to other road users and residents.

Phil Barker, Assistant Director for Sport and Leisure said: “A lot of work has gone in to planning for the race at the weekend. The Council have been liaising with the race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and ASO as well as emergency services to plan for the event.

“There has also been a great deal of effort put in by local people along the route to celebrate the very first Tour de Yorkshire coming to their area. It promises to be a truly special occasion.”

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