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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 – Leeds could play host to another major international sporting event next year as the city is being considered to stage a round of the prestigious ITU World Triathlon Series.

If successful it would give Leeds’-own triathlon superstars Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee the chance to compete in front of packed crowds and in an atmosphere similar to the unforgettable Tour de France Grand Départ in the city last summer.

Being chosen would see Leeds join other major international cities such as Cape Town, Auckland, Gold Coast, Yokohama, Chicago, Abu Dhabi, Stockholm, Hamburg and Edmonton which are all hosting International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Series races this season, with each race broadcast live around the world and attracting big crowds and significant media coverage.

Leeds' triathlon stars (l-r) Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee (shown here in Leeds celebrating their Olympics success) could be taking on the world's best in their home city next year
Leeds’ triathlon stars (l-r) Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee (shown here in Leeds celebrating their Olympics success) could be taking on the world’s best in their home city next year

National governing body British Triathlon selected the Leeds bid which has been led by Leeds City Council with support from Sport Leeds, Welcome to Yorkshire and other key stakeholders. Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee and bronze medallist at London 2012 Jonathan Brownlee have advised on a potential race route in the city, which could see the Leeds-based brothers compete in front of a home crowd in one of the final races before the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Olympic Triathlon Champion Alistair Brownlee said:

“The ITU World Triathlon Series is about delivering world-class racing in iconic locations and Leeds will guarantee to do just that. I am sure that spectators will line the route and the city centre will be full of fans cheering on the athletes as we cross the finish line.

“The Tour de France Grand Départ 2014 demonstrated how much the people of Leeds and Yorkshire love sport, and the opportunity for not just myself but also for athletes from around the world to race in front of crowds like that will create an unforgettable event. It will create a platform to inspire the local community to get involved in the sport and continue the proud triathlon tradition within Yorkshire.”

The event in Leeds would see Olympic-distance elite men’s and women’s triathlon races start with a 1500m swim in Roundhay Park, before making the transition onto a 40kilometre bike route into the city centre where they would complete a number of circuits before finishing with a 10km run through the heart of Leeds in front of possible crowds in excess of 40,000 spectators lining the free-to-view route.

The event would be supported by a mass-participation event which it is hoped would attract thousands of entries from people keen to take part in one of the fastest-growing sports in the UK.

Similar to the Grand Départ, the council would look to involve local schools, communities and stakeholders in developing a programme of cultural events and activities in the build up to and around the event weekend for everyone to get involved. There would also be the possibility for volunteers to help run the event.

The calendar of ITU World Triathlon Series events for 2016 is expected to be announced by the ITU in May, and Leeds City Council’s executive board at its meeting on 22 April will be asked to fully endorse the bid and the preparations which would be required in the event of the bid being successful.

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

“Following on from the success of our local athletes at London 2012 and the amazing Tour de France Grand Départ, Leeds and Yorkshire is now well and truly on the international sporting map and hosting a round of the ITU World Triathlon Series would be another fantastic world-class event to showcase our city and county live around the globe.

“I’m sure thousands of people would come out to watch the world’s best triathletes in action, and of course the possibility of seeing Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee race in their home city for free in front of a passionate Leeds and Yorkshire crowd would be something very special to see and experience in terms of an incredible atmosphere similar to the Tour de France. And with the mass-participation element and cultural events and activities like the Grand Départ it would be something everyone could get involved with. We are just waiting to hear with fingers crossed now if we have been successful.”

A leg of the series has previously been held in the UK since 2009 in London’s Hyde Park (except 2012 when it was the Olympic venue), but Leeds has now been put forward by British Triathlon as the preferred city to take over hosting a British round for an initial three years.

British Triathlon Director for Major and National Events Jon Ridgeon added:

“British Triathlon has selected Leeds to host a leg of the ITU World Triathlon Series following a UK-wide candidate city selection process. The selection process sought to identify the best possible option available to ensure that British Triathlon continues to host an annual leg of the series, which acts as a stunning shop window for the sport.

“We are excited about the opportunity to bring the ITU World Triathlon Series to Leeds, which is a city with a great passion for triathlon and an equal ambition to make the event a huge success.”

If the bid is successful, staging the event would be a further major coup for Leeds, attracting another international sporting event with a global profile to follow on from the success of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ plus hosting matches in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, the new Tour de Yorkshire cycle race and Rugby World Cup matches being held in the city later this year.

It would also continue the strong sporting legacy in Leeds from London 2012 and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and would further endorse Leeds as a triathlon city as it is home to one of British Triathlon’s World Class Performance Centres at Leeds Beckett University.

The bid fits with the council’s ambitions to make Leeds the most active city in the UK, encouraging people to not only take up triathlon but the component elements of swimming, cycling and running and lead healthier lifestyles. It also matches the council’s focus on making more use of Leeds city centre for major events to raise the profile of the city and boost the local economy.

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

“Bidding to host a leg of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Leeds is a perfect fit for our aims and ambitions as a council and city as it would not only bring major benefits in terms of the economy and profile-raising, it would be ideal to help encourage people to get fitter and lead healthier lifestyles.

“Triathlon is an amazing sport and more and more people are taking it up, partly because of the influence of the incredible Brownlee brothers who are fantastic role models and ambassadors for Leeds. But also because it is made up of three elements – swim, bike and run – so even focusing on just one of those is a great way of getting fit.”

If Leeds is successful the cost of hosting the event each year is expected to be £230,000, but it would be expected to generate economic benefit to the city from visitors coming to watch the race and increased tourism from being seen around the world as with the Tour de France.


Leeds – Following a year of conversations with local communities, children and young people, flagship cultural organisations and the city’s independent arts sector, senior councillors will be asked to recommend next week that Leeds’ bids to become the European Capital of Culture 2023.

Forming part of a report to Leeds City Council’s executive board on 18 March 2015, members will have the opportunity to consider for the first time the views, opinions and results of a detailed public consultation on a potential bid which has taken place over the last 14 months and also approve Leeds putting its name forward for the title which will aspire through the bid to make a positive and long lasting impact on communities and the lives of residents across the city.

Leeds could be vying to become the 2023 European Capital of Culture if a report is agreed next week
Leeds could be vying to become the 2023 European Capital of Culture if a report is agreed next week

A wide range of questions were asked as part of the consultation, which aimed to put the thoughts of residents from all communities, backgrounds and ethnicities across Leeds right at the heart of the debate and process. Questions which were asked ranged from how can cultural activities be made more accessible and affordable for all, to the sense of identity and ambition that a bid could bring to the city. The potential costs and benefits of the title were also considered in the debate. As part of Leeds City Council’s ‘Annual Citizens Culture Survey’, which is the largest single consultation undertaken yearly by the authority with 3,000 residents, 77% of respondents said they would support a bid, while 94% of those who responded to a ‘Breeze Online Survey’ of children and young people also offered their support.

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

“For more than a year now we’ve been conducting an incredibly wide-ranging and engaging consultation process, asking the city whether it thinks we should bid to become the 2023 European Capital of Culture. There’s been a real buzz about the debate with diverse views on the impact a bid could have culturally, socially and economically for Leeds but the overwhelming response has been a positive one.

“We were always determined from day one that whilst a bid and the potential benefits to communities and residents would be appealing, we had to look at it very much from the head as well as the heart. An absolutely priority to us was to hear the thoughts of as many residents as possible from all backgrounds and cultures, and I am delighted to say that the overwhelming majority of responses we received were positive. This has given us the confidence that if Leeds were to put itself in the hat to bid, the support is there from a vast number of city partners, groups, organisations and residents who will all have a massive part to play to make this ambition of becoming the 2023 European Capital of Culture a reality.”

Cllr Lucinda Yeadon
Cllr Lucinda Yeadon

The council began the conversation to gauge whether there was an appetite for a city bid with a public meeting at Leeds Town Hall on 7th January 2014 which was attended by more than 300 people. Over the last 14 months the debate has continued with a series of blogs and opinion pieces shared across various social media platforms, focus groups with local communities and diverse groups, engagement with community committees, discussions with councillors, online surveys and video blogs from children and young people.

Leeds’ capital of culture ambition will aim to galvanise residents and communities whilst nurturing the creative talent of future generations by working with a range of partners, groups and organisations to firmly embed and reshape culture and arts in the heart and makeup of the city. The city is fortunate is already have a rich base of cultural organisations, groups and attractions, and all will play a key part in the bid to showcase Leeds’ offer to a national and international audience.

If Leeds is to move ahead on the proposal, an expression of interest bid must be submitted by December 2016 with a further and final bid submitted by December 2017, with a decision expected in 2018.

Cllr Yeadon added:

“If the executive board approve the report, the hard work will start straight away as we move forward on the groundwork and conversations around all aspects of the bid including its funding. We have tried to be as transparent as possible around the issue of cost whilst not wanting to reveal to any of our competitors the secrets of Leeds’ bid and the other partners we are approaching as funders! We know especially in these testing times that every penny counts but the experience of previous host cities shows us that successful bids attract funding from a whole range of individuals and organisations who are all keen to get a piece of this exciting once in a generation city event.”


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.”


A cold weather alert has been issued by the Met Office for our region as winds as strong as 90 mph, snow and ice are predicted to batter West Yorkshire in the coming days.

Travellers are being cautioned to put off all non-essential journeys as forecasters warned that a temporary lull last night would give way to the lowest temperatures this winter so far, as more snow and icy conditions are expected.

123692798__393250bSnow is expected for much of West Yorkshire starting on Friday lasting for as long as four days with temperatures expected to dip well below freezing.

The Environmental Agency has issued 32 flood warnings, cautioning residents that flooding is “expected” with “immediate action required” in Tayside and west central Scotland and issued 149 possible flood alerts across England and Wales.

The weather has been triggered by an Atlantic depression dubbed Storm Rachel.

A Met Office spokesperson states, “We have already seen some strong winds overnight. For the most part what we can expect is another pulse of strong winds that will push down into north western parts of the UK, down across exposed parts, could see gust reaching 60-70mph and in exposed areas up to 80mph.”

Storm-RachelThe Met Office also reported winds of 101mph in Great Dunsell, Cumbria – the highest across the UK yesterday – while North Wales saw gusts of 95mph.

The high winds left hundreds of homes without power, and triggered disruption on the railways with trees and flooding blocking the tracks. And Britain is set for a very chilly weekend with temperatures dropping to -5C, while there are more than 200 flood alerts and warnings in place.