Wakefield district all set to welcome Tour de Yorkshire

​Date: 19/04/2016
Ref: PR 8211

Wakefield Council is welcoming the Tour de Yorkshire back to the district as the race returns for its second year.

Residents are being encouraged to line the route and cheer on top riders as they compete in the inspirational cycling event.

On the second day, Saturday 30 April 2016, the race will go from Otley to Doncaster. As part of this route it will come into the district through Knottingley, then Pontefract and Wentbridge, before heading to North and South Elmsall and out towards Hooton Pagnell.

Stage two also 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 am very pleased that we are welcoming back this fantastic sporting event into another part of the district.

"This prestigious cycle race is an excellent platform to showcase what we have and bring visitors into the area. The inaugural race was a huge success, which saw thousands of people lining the streets 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.