District gets set to welcome Tour de Yorkshire

Riders will be passing through the district.
Riders will be passing through the district.

​Wakefield Council is all set to welcome the Tour de Yorkshire back to the district - as timings for the race have now been revealed.

On the second day, on Friday, May 4, both the women’s and men’s races will pass through South Elmsall, Ackworth, Pontefract, Airedale and Castleford.

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This is part of the second stage of the race which starts that day in Barnsley and ends in Ilkley, and is the third year the race has come to the district.

The women’s race will enter South Elmsall at around 10.15am and leave Castleford at around 10.50am. The men’s race will enter South Elmsall at around 4pm and leave Castleford at around 4.35pm.

Rolling road closures will take place during the race, which will last around 30 to 50 minutes.

The times are an estimate and spectators will need to allow plenty of time to get to their preferred place to view the races.

​​Coun Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “It is great that we’re welcoming back this fantastic sporting event to our district. It is an excellent platform to showcase what we have and to bring 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 and it 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 2018 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

Wakefield Council will be sharing details of events and activities along the route on its ‘Events in Wakefield’ Facebook page. Schools are also encouraged to share any celebration activities.