Tour de Yorkshire is back in the district
Wakefield Council is welcoming the Tour de Yorkshire back to the district as the race returns for the third year.
On the second day, on Friday 4 May, the route will come into the district at South Elmsall before travelling through Ackworth and Pontefract and leaving the district at Castleford. This is part of the second stage which starts in Barnsley and ends in Ilkley.
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: "It is great that we're welcoming back this fantastic sporting event.
"This prestigious cycle race is an excellent platform to showcase what we have and to bring visitors into the area.
"The previous races were a huge success, which created a lot of excitement in cycling and saw many thousands of people giving their support by lining the route. I hope that the Tour will be just as successful as in previous years and will give 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.
As well as visiting the Wakefield district, the 2017 cyclists will race from Beverley to Doncaster on Thursday 3 May, from Richmond to Scarborough on Saturday 5 May, and from Halifax to Leeds on Sunday 6 May. The event features both men and women's races.
The first Tour de Yorkshire took place in 2015. It forms part of the legacy of the historic Yorkshire Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014.
To keep up to date with all the latest information about the Tour de Yorkshire, and to find details of all four stages, visit www.letouryorkshire.com and more information will also be published at: www.wakefield.gov.uk/tdy