Wakefield Council encourages residents to line the Tour de Yorkshire route

​Date: 26/04/2016

Ref: PR 8216

Wakefield Council is encouraging residents to line the route of the Tour de Yorkshire, when the inspirational cycle race powers its way across the district this weekend.

The race, now in its second year, is being welcomed to the area on Saturday 30 April. The second day of the three day race will see top international riders including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Lizzie Armistead competing in the route from Otley to Doncaster. They will come into the district through Knottingley, then Pontefract and Wentbridge, before heading to North and South Elmsall and out towards Hooton Pagnell.

As part of the pre-race build up two hours before the race starts vehicles will be touring the route to entertain the crowds and  give away gifts and free samples to spectators. They will be at Pontefract Southgate at approximately 1.55pm and Wentbridge House Hotel at 2.05pm.

Spectators will also see race ambassadors on the route, at Knottingley Social Club and the spectator hub at approximately 2.25pm and at South Elmsall, Doncaster Road and High Street junction at 3.05pm.

They will include Brian Robinson, the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour de France.  He will be joined by Sheffield's Malcolm Elliott, Wakefield's Barry Hoban, who won eight stages of the Tour de France between 1967 and 1975, Denise Burton Cole, world class rider and daughter of the legendary Morley cyclist Beryl Burton, and Bernard Hinault, the five-time winner of the Tour de France.

Stage two marks an important milestone for the Tour de Yorkshire, as the women's race is being held on exactly the same route as the men's race.

The women's race will start in the morning and the men's race will begin in the early afternoon. The women's race is expected to arrive at Knottingley shortly before 10am, and will leave South Elmsall at around 10.50am. The men's race is expected to arrive in Knottingley at around 3.40pm and leave South Elmsall at 4.20pm.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Deputy Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "I would like to encourage residents to come out to cheer and line the route, to show their support for this prestigious cycle race. The inaugural race was a huge success and created a lot of excitement in cycling. I hope that this event will be just as successful, giving another huge boost to our district."

The Tour de Yorkshire race is organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), in association with British Cycling.

Community events are taking place along the route on Saturday to bring people together and have fun.

The Council is supporting a 'Celebration Hub' behind Knottingley Sports Centre from 10am to 5pm with activities such as face painting and a BMX stunt display.

At South Elmsall Market, the Cycle Forum will be promoting the new cycle maps and local rides. Wakefield Council's Sports and Active Lifestyles Team will be hosting stationary cycling challenges and running competitions and activities throughout the day, with prizes to give away. Residents will also be encouraged to complete a short online survey on how much physical activity they do, with everyone who takes part entered into a prize draw.

As well as visiting the Wakefield district, the 2016 cyclists will also race from Beverley to Settle in Stage 1 on Friday 29 April and from Middlesbrough to Scarborough in Stage 3 on Sunday 1 May.

The first Tour de Yorkshire took place last July. It forms part of the legacy of the historic Yorkshire Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014.

Rolling road closures will be in place along the route, starting around 15 minutes before both of the races arrive, and are expected to last around 50 minutes. People travelling around the district on Saturday 30 April are asked to plan their journeys carefully to avoid being affected by the closures.

More information is available at Wakefield Council's dedicated Tour de Yorkshire microsite www.wakefield.gov.uk/tdy  

To keep up to date with all the latest information about the Tour de Yorkshire and to find details of all three stages visit www.letouryorkshire.com