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Leeds – Excitement is building ahead of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire this bank holiday weekend, with the big race finale taking place on Princes Avenue, Roundhay Park on Sunday 3 May.

A fantastic family day out is on the cards at the official spectator hub on Soldiers Field with giant screens showing live TV coverage of the race between 3pm to 5pm. Organised by Leeds City Council, the spectator hub will be open to the public between 12 noon and 6pm, featuring a large family picnic area surrounded by a range of catering and refreshment concessions and sponsor activity areas.

_64780825_64779497Children and young people will be kept entertained with a selection of children’s funfair rides together with numerous inflatables and activity areas provided by the council’s Breeze team. These include a jungle gym, ball pool, bounce ‘n’ slide and volcano climb. Other entertainment provided as part of the Yorkshire Festival is also being planned for the day (

The newly refurbished Tropical World at Roundhay Park, Leeds’ most popular paid for family attraction, will also be open throughout the day. Visitors will be able to check out tropical animals including butterflies, birds, reptiles and meerkats; a fantastic new aquarium; and rainforest themed mosaics.

People planning to use the spectator hub at Roundhay Park are encouraged to plan ahead and set off early as journey times and traffic routes will be affected. To help alleviate traffic congestion, anyone wishing to use the official event car parks are requested to follow the directional signage provided and arrive no later than 3pm to avoid any disappointment and, wherever possible, to car share or find alternative ways to get there. A number of temporary cycle racks will also be provided within the spectator hub for those wishing to ride to the event.

H_gxEIWOLeader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Keith Wakefield said:
“Last year’s Tour de France Grand Départ was the highlight of the year for Leeds, and showed just how much can be achieved when we all come together as a city. This year’s Tour de Yorkshire will be another great and exciting sporting event, helping to put our region firmly on the national and international map. I’d encourage residents and businesses along the route in Leeds to give a warm Yorkshire welcome to riders and spectators alike.

“Leeds is rapidly becoming a cycling city and I’m sure that even more residents will be out on their bikes to watch the race on what promises to be a terrific bank holiday weekend!”

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:
“There’s an incredible array of international riders competing in the Tour de Yorkshire and I’m sure residents from across the city will want to get the best possible spot to watch the race from.

“With up to 30,000 spectators expected for the finish at Roundhay Park, I would urge anyone wanting to soak up the atmosphere and excitement of the race finale to plan ahead and get there in good time. Let’s hope the sun shines on Leeds and Yorkshire on what promises to be a fantastic event and family day out.”

Regular bus services running between Leeds City Centre and Roundhay will operate to normal schedules on Sunday, although due to traffic restrictions around the event, some alternative bus stops at Roundhay will be used. The 12, 13 and 13A services will run from Leeds (New Market Street and New Briggate) to Gledhow Lane at Roundhay with the return stop starting from Roundhay Road. The 2, 3 and 3A services will run between Leeds (New Market Street and New Briggate) and Lidgett Lane. Live travel information will be available on the day on the Metro website and via updates on Twitter by searching #TdYTravel.

Blue badge parking will be provided for disabled spectators within the main event car parks, which will be located in close proximity to the designated accessible viewing areas along the finishing straight. The accessible viewing areas will provide ground level viewing for disabled customers and their companions, together with disabled toilet provision and access to a portable high dependency unit / changing places toilet facility. Access stewards will also be available to provide information and help with any queries on the day. Further access information can be found at

All-3-stages-web_466x332Organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), Sunday is the third and final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire. Starting in Wakefield at 12.15pm, the impressive field of international riders from 18 participating teams is expected to cross the boundary into Leeds at Menston at approximately 3.45pm, and arrive at the finish line on Princes Avenue between 4.30 and 5pm.

Unlike the Tour de France, the race will operate under Police escort on a rolling road closure basis to minimise disruption to traffic, with various on-street parking suspensions in place along the route.

Spectators will be able to watch the race pass from the roadside all along the route. However, as roads will be in operation as normal immediately before and after the race passes, people are asked to stay off the highway at all times to allow the riders safe passage. To help safely facilitate the race for both riders and spectators during key stages of the race, some longer-term road closures will be put in place including East Chevin Road (King of the Mountains stage) and Black Hill Road / Arthington Road (Sprint stage). More information about road closures can be found on the council website

Full details of the route through Leeds, race timings and further spectator guidance and information can be can be found at the official event website at

A mass participation ride for around 5,000 amateur riders will also start and finish at the park on Sunday. The Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride is a unique opportunity for sportive riders to pave the way for the pro riders later in the day. For more information please visit


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 – Join the cycling revolution in Leeds as Sky Ride returns for its third year bringing thousands of cyclists and spectators to a traffic free city centre.

The free family friendly mass-participation bike ride takes place on Sunday 14 June 10am – 3pm. Registration is now open at and people are being encouraged to sign up fast as places are filling up.

9244455965_f930547c13_oPrevious years have proved to be very successful attracting more than 8,500 people of all ages and abilities, with many more lining the streets to cheer along friends, relatives and loved ones.

For those not jumping on a bike there is plenty to get involved with thanks to the return of the “Tricks and Tunes” area featuring top DJs as well as pro BMX and mountain bikers performing jaw-dropping stunts not for the faint-hearted.

The 6.5km route of this year’s Sky Ride has been revealed today. Riders can look forward to starting from the same point, on The Headrow, as cycling legends during last summer’s “Grandest of Grand Départs”. They will also pass iconic city landmarks from Leeds University to the town hall and First Direct Arena.

Riders can challenge family and friends in the Sprint Zone, experience the sensory tunnel and find out more about cycling opportunities in Leeds. Bike experts at Halfords are offering a free bike safety check to everyone who registers and will be on hand to help out with any last minute problems.

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

“Sky Ride has been a massive success in Leeds so we’re delighted to be welcoming it back for its third year. Building on the success of the Grand Départ and the soon to take place Tour de Yorkshire finale at Roundhay Park we’re confident this year will be better than ever.

Sky Ride map
Sky Ride map

“Leeds is a keen cycling city, we continue to invest in cycle-ways across the city and have more people than ever before inspired to get out on their bikes. I myself only started riding a few years ago and Sky Ride has been a brilliant experience for me so it would be great to see even more people come out and join me this year.

“Sky Ride is fantastic fun and probably your only chance to enjoy riding the city centre free from traffic. The festival atmosphere last year was great so even if you’re not getting on your bike there are loads of fun activities to get involved with.”

The event is one of 15 to be held nationally and is part of a continuing partnership between Leeds City Council, British Cycling, Sky and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority which aims to encourage more people to get cycling.

Since the partnership was first formed, the number of cyclists jumping on their bikes in Leeds once a week has increased by more than 57 per cent.

Sky Ride Ambassador and six-time Olympic Champion Sir Chris Hoy said:

“We want more people to enjoy riding a bike – that’s why British Cycling and Sky have teamed up to bring you Sky Ride. We’ve made it easier than ever to get out on your bike and spend quality time with your family and friends.

“Sky Rides close big towns and cities for big bike events so you can ride safely on traffic-free streets, with a huge festival atmosphere and loads to do both on and off the bike. They are good fun and a great way to get on your bike.”

In addition to the mass-participation Sky Ride event, a series of free, fun, guided Sky Ride Local and women-only Breeze bike rides will also be taking place around Leeds this summer for cyclists of all abilities.

For more information on Sky Ride Local, Breeze and to register for Sky Ride Leeds go to


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