Tour makers are welcoming the tour De Yorkshire riders to our district today.
Crowds have already been watching the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire this morning which set off in Otley and finish in Doncaster.
And the riders, including champion Lizzie Armitstead and Great Britain teammate Emma Poole will be racing through Knottingley, Pontefract and South Elmsall.
Yesterday’s first stage , between Beverly and Settle was watched by thousands of fans and was won by Dylan Groenewegen.
And there was also drama about 26km from the finish line as Sir Bradley Wiggins quit the tour saying his priority must be the Rio Olympics.
The men’s race is expected to arrive in Knottingley at around 4pm and leave South Elmsall at 4.45pm.
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 until 5pm with activities such as face painting and a BMX stunt display.
And 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.
New to this year’s race there will be the publicity caravan and tour ambassadors including Tour de France legends Brian Robinson, from Mirfield and Wakefield’s own Barry Hoban.
A publicity caravan, which features Yorkshire brands as well as the official Tour de Yorkshire artist, will be making stops during the weekend to give away gifts and samples.
The tour caravan is set to ride through the Wakefield district starting at Monk Fryston at 1:30pm.
Pontefract Southgate will be the next stop for the caravan at 1:55pm, onto Wentbridge House Hotel at 2:05pm,
Ambassadors are set to arrive at Barwick in Elmet maypole at 1:30pm and then on to Knottingley Social Club and spectator hub at 2:25pm before moving to South Elmsall, Doncaster Road and High Street junction at 3:05pm.
Timings for when the riders pass through our district :
Sherburn in Elmet - 3.21pm
South Milford - 3.24pm
Monk Fryston - 3.26pm
Hillam - 3.28pm
Birkin - 3.33pm
Beal - 3.36pm
Kellingley - 3.38pm
Knottingley - 3.41pm (Weeland, Road, Hill Top, Pontefract Road)
Pontefract - 3.46pm (Knottingley Road, Bondgate, Southgate, Mill Hill Road, Carleton Road)
Carleton - 3.51pm
Wentbridge - 3.57pm
Thorpe Audlin - 3.59pm
Badsworth - 4.02pm
Upton - 4.03pm
South Elmsall - 4.05pm (Mill Lane, High Street, Doncaster Road)
Hooton Pagnell - 4.12pm