Spectator hubs ready for Tour de Yorkshire

​Date 27/4/2015

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Details have been unveiled of a range of family fun and sports activities taking place in Wakefield – when the city hosts the start of the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire on Sunday May 3.

People will be able to catch a glimpse of the riders by lining the route, or gathering at spectator hubs in the city centre, at Castle Grove Park, Manygates Centre, and at The Hepworth Wakefield, where they can soak up the atmosphere and celebrate the unique sporting occasion.

The three-day race has attracted top cyclists including Olympic gold medalist, Sir Bradley Wiggins, who will all be battling it out to lift the first ever Tour de Yorkshire trophy.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "I am very proud that Wakefield is hosting the start of the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire, and I'd encourage all residents to join in the fun and show their support for what I'm sure will be a memorable event.

"There's a great opportunity for everyone to make this a day-long celebration.

"I'd urge people to come into the city centre to give the riders a warm Wakefield welcome, and to take the opportunity to see the exciting build up to the start of the race.

"Alternatively, why not head off to Castle Grove Park, Manygates Centre for family friendly entertainment or visit the celebrations being hosted by the Hepworth Wakefield?"

The city centre will be decked out in yellow and blue bunting, which are the colours of the Tour de Yorkshire.

By gathering in the city centre, spectator hub, people will be able to see the riders getting off the official buses, see them officially sign up to the race on a pod and have the chance to see their sporting heroes in action as the race gets underway.

The build up to the race begins in the city centre, with a group schoolchildren cycling the first kilometer of the race, ahead of the competitions around 11.45am.

Residents are being encouraged to come into the city, to line the streets and to cheer on the cyclists.

The riders will start racing 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, just past The Hepworth Wakefield.

Riders will passed Castle Grove Park, Manygates Centre, Sandal Castle and Newmillerdam before leaving the district at Woolley and continuing to Barnsley en route to finishing the race in Leeds.

During and after the race Castle Grove Park at Manygates, is hosting a variety of cycling activities, music and entertainment.

Children and adults will have the chance to try out different bikes and to join in an organised cycling event.

There will also be opportunities for people to test their cycling skills on a special track, and to test out their stamina on stationary bikes.
The day will also feature BMX riding skills from the 3SIXTY display team, and the Five Towns FM Bus will be playing music.

The Hepworth, Wakefield is celebrating with a weekend of free family fun, including outdoor art activities, paper sculpture workshops and art pods.

For more information on the Wakefield section of the Tour de Yorkshire visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/tdy

Businesses are also getting behind the Tour de Yorkshire and are holding their own events over the weekend.. For all the latest information see http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/tdyevents