Tour de Yorkshire coming to the Wakefield district on 3 May
Wakefield Council is all set to welcome the Tour de Yorkshire to the district on Friday 3 May 2019.
The second stage of the men's race and the first stage of the women's race will both pass through parts of the district as they ride from Barnsley to Bedale.
It is the fourth time the race has been through the Wakefield district and people are being encouraged to turn out and give the riders a warm welcome.
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "I'm very pleased that we're welcoming this fantastic sporting event back to our district.
"It generates a lot of interest and enthusiasm and is an excellent platform to showcase our area and encourage visitors into the area.
"I hope that once again hundreds of spectators will line the route and the Tour will be just as successful as in previous years, giving another huge boost to our district."
Cyclists will enter the district at Ryhill and travel through Wintersett towards Nostell Priory, before heading along the B6428 into Purston Jaglin.
The riders will turn left onto Pontefract Road and ride through Featherstone towards Pontefract, with an intermediate sprint contest outside the Barracks Business Centre, and then through Town End junction along the A645 and turning left at North Baileygate before following Monkhill Lane and Spittal Hardwick Lane into Airedale.
Once in Airedale, the cyclists will head to Redhill Drive, Queen's Park Drive and Ferrybridge Road before arriving on Bridge Street, travelling over Lock Lane Bridge and out of the district towards Allerton Bywater.
The women's race is expected to enter Ryhill at around 9am and leave Castleford at around 10am, based on an 8.30am start at Barnsley.
The men's race is expected to enter Ryhill at around 2.30pm and leave Castleford at around 3.30pm, based on a 2pm start at Barnsley.
The Tour de Yorkshire race is organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), in association with British Cycling.
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