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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.”


Leeds – Highly anticipated details of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire’s closing stage in Leeds have been announced.

Held on 1 – 3 May, the major international cycling race will showcase some of Yorkshire’s most iconic scenery. Day three, and the entire race, finishes in Leeds and is set to be the most challenging and beautiful.

All routes were announced in Bridlington earlier this year and now race organisers, Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation based in France, have announced the timings and details of the location starts and finishes.

Tour-de-FranceDay three, from Wakefield to Leeds, will start at 12.15pm outside Wakefield Cathedral. Riders will have a 4km neutralised section before the official race start at Agbrigg Road on the A61 at 12.30pm.

Depending on riders’ speed the race will culminate between 4.30pm and 5pm in Roundhay Park, Leeds, where crowds can see the winners crowned.

The stage includes no less than six king of the mountain climbs and two sprints, which is sure to make for a dramatic finish to a great event.

Key points include the race reaching Holmfirth king of the mountain climb at 1.28pm, Scapegoat king of the mountain climb at 1.51pm, Hebden Bridge king of the mountain climb at 2.48pm, Goose Eye king of the mountain climb at 3.11pm, the Ilkley sprint at 3.59pm, the Cow & Calf king of the mountain climb at 3.42pm, Chevin king of the mountain climb at 3.59pm, and the final Arthington sprint before finishing on Princes Avenue alongside Roundhay Park at 4.30pm.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:

“This incredible, challenging and technical route will again draw attention to the beauty of our part of the world. I imagine it will be as rewarding as it is demanding. Let’s hope the riders have enough breath left at the top of the idyllic Chevin to enjoy the view.

“As anticipation grows everyone can start to plan where they will see the race from and at what time to watch cycling’s top athletes battle our inspiring scenery. We’ve worked hard to ensure disruption to residents is kept to a minimum. With rolling road closures no road should be affected for longer than an hour.”

Leeds City Council will shortly be writing to all residents and businesses on the route with detailed information including any temporary road closures, parking restrictions or changes to services.

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”.

Thierry Gouvenou, Tour de France Sports Director said:

“Our technical team had a good final visit to Yorkshire and we are very happy with the route the riders will take. With 515km in total there are some excellent opportunities throughout the three days for spectators to see riders take sprint and king of the mountain climb points, ahead of finish lines designed to generate the kind of welcome that Yorkshire spectators gave the peloton in the Tour de France”.

The race, which will be one of the most exciting cycling events held in Europe in 2015 and will be broadcast in the UK, and on Eurosport, to 70 countries around the world.

Maps of the Tour de Yorkshire race starts and finishes, timings and information for spectators can be found at, Details of the Tour de Yorkshire route and timings can be viewed at


A report commissioned by Bradford Council has revealed that last year’s Tour de France Grand Depart brought an extra £12 million to the district with the potential for £3 million from repeat visitors.

The report shows that local people also spent an estimated £4 million on watching the race in the district.

article-2682219-1F6D41E300000578-903_634x730The research carried out by Welcome to Yorkshire looked at the economic and social impact of the tour which came to the district over the weekend of the 5 and 6 of July 2014.

The research shows that around 380,000 spectators surrounded the route in the Bradford district over the two days, of which 270,000 were unique spectators. The report estimates that around 150,000 spectators travelled into the Bradford district from other areas to watch the race with an estimated one per cent travelling from overseas.

The report found that £2.7 million was spent on accommodation by those watching the event, and a further £8.8 million spent by visitors during the event. The Yorkshire Festival, which attracted visitors to view and participate in arts and cultural events in the 100 day build up to the Grand Depart, brought around £300,000 into the district. Organisers of the Tour de France including local authorities, Welcome to Yorkshire and other partners using local Bradford suppliers spent the remaining £200,000.

article-2682224-1F6D9B3000000578-198_964x847A survey of spectators showed that 66 per cent of visitors to the Bradford district for the Tour de France said they would be now more likely to visit Yorkshire for a short break and 73 per cent said they would now be more likely to recommend Yorkshire as a destination, to family and friends.

The survey also showed that 68 per cent of visitors to the Tour de France in Bradford said that their image of Yorkshire had been enhanced by the Tour de France Grand Depart.

In the Bradford district 42 per cent of spectators said that they were inspired to cycle more as a result of the Tour coming to the district.

The leader of Bradford Council Councillor David Green said: “This report is fantastic news and shows that the Tour de France brought clear benefits to the district not only in terms of money generated on the day, but also the potential for repeat visitors and a lasting legacy of people being more likely to take up cycling.”

Councillor Andrew Thornton Executive Member for Sports and Leisure said: “Interest in cycling has never been so high and more and more people are imgID12879977.jpg-pwrt2taking it up as a hobby. So the news that in our district 42 per cent of spectators said that they were inspired to cycle more as a result of the Tour coming to the district is no surprise.”

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe Executive Member for Employment Skills and Culture said: “I’m pleased to see the huge economic impact which the Grand Depart generated for businesses in the district.  The positive effects of the event are still being felt today. The report anticipates repeat visitors bringing yet more income into the district in the years to come.”