Route news welcomed and volunteer opportunities for Wakefield leg of the Tour de Yorkshire
Wakefield Council has welcomed confirmation that the start of the third stage of this year's Tour de Yorkshire will start in Wakefield City Centre – and is launching an appeal for volunteers to support the event.
The race, which is expected to attract the elite of the cycling world, follows the success of last year's Tour de France Grand Depart from the county.
On Sunday May 3, Wakefield is hosting the first stage of the final day of the race.
The race 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, near The Hepworth Wakefield. Riders will pass Manygates Centre, Sandal Castle and Newmillerdam before leaving the district at Woolley and continuing to Barnsley en route to finishing the race in Leeds.
Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: "It is going to be a very special day and we are looking forward to welcoming the elite riders and spectators to the district."
The Council is also launching a drive for volunteers, who will play a key role in welcoming both visitors and residents to the event.
Thousands of spectators are expected to line the route to cheer on the riders. Roles for volunteers include meeting and greeting, signposting visitors to parking areas and helping out on stalls and in shopping areas.
Volunteers will also hand out information about the event at key points for the race, such as the bus station, train station, car parks and places of interest such as the city centre, Manygates Centre, Pugneys Country Park, Sandal Castle and Newmillerdam.
Volunteers need to be aged 16 or over. They will receive training, and a souvenir T-shirt. They need to apply at www.wakefield.gov.uk/volunteers by 31 March.
The Wakefield Council scheme is separate to the volunteer scheme being run by Welcome to Yorkshire, which is coordinating the whole Tour de Yorkshire race.